President Obama Visits Late Show, Weighs in on Mitt Romney "47 Percent" Controversy

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President Barack Obama stopped by the Late Show With David Letterman last night, and had barely sat down before being asked about the Mitt Romney video.

The secretly-recorded-calling-Obama-backers-entitled-irresponsible-drains-on-society video, which Romney stands by, while acknowledging poor word choice.

Letterman asked Obama for his take on Mitt describing "47 percent of Americans" in this manner, to which he said, "One of the things I learned as president is you represent the entire country ... if you want to be president, you have to work for everyone."

Obama noted that in 2008, 47 percent of America voted for his rival, John McCain.

"This is a big country. And people disagree a lot, but one thing I've never tried to do and I think none of us can do in public office is suggest that because somebody doesn't agree with me that they're victims or they're unpatriotic," he said.

"There are not a lot of people out there who think they're victims. There are not a lot of people who think they're entitled to something."

"We've got some obligations to each other, and there's nothing wrong with us giving each other a helping hand so that that single mom's kid, after all the work she's done ... can afford to go to college, go cure the next disease, go start the next Google."

"I think that's a good investment for America."

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The day the ambass-was murdered-Romney strayed from condolences. He decided in putting blame in his news interupted speech for America. That is heartless toward the victims.

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@Jen Stick to your guns Jen don't let the trollers discourage you. They always attack in packs ike a rabid bunch of African wild dogs. You make good points. @Mark If she's a bitch you're a bastard! Punk ass! Obamas not responsible for the ambassadors death. Muslims always kill when their religion is disrespected. These film makers want notoriety. That can cost.

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Mark if it were your kids,wife or domestic friend being killed you would have change of mind.

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We lost our men but nobody mentions the hundred thousand innocent women and kids killed.Yet we hear media covering our four men only.That is sick.

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Mark you sound like a frustrated man who likes to kill innocent woman and kids.Blow them up thats the way a man thinks in america.

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Jen is nothing but a troll bitch! Obama is doing talk shows and the middle east left us with a dead ambassador. Isreali PM wants to talk and Obama parties with jay z. This pathetic excuse has to go! Romney 2012 and Romney hasn't lied as of yet. Trouble is -u people aren't use to hearing the truth! I don't have a damn thing in common with obama! Get him the hell out !

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Why are'nt Spain,China or Israel themselves setting redzones or invading the middle-east?Why is it us?They are smart they do not want to look like the mean country.

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Nobody cared when they killed the Indians and what I mean is why do we Americans always have to go kill innocent people and bad too?There is other countries to do it too.

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Bit.@ch I am 17 a senior.I read bks all the time.I still feel we always have to control other countries when our allies could do it instead.

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If your logic regarding this issue is"The whites took out the Indians and no one cared then",how does one go any further in this discussion?You just said it's ok for the Jews to be killed,becuz the whites killed the Indians.Enough said.

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