Late Night: Jon Huntsman rocks out on Letterman
David Letterman unveiled a picture of a long-haired Huntsman back in his high school days when he was in a prog-rock band called Wizard. "I thought I could make it big. I wanted to be Paul Shaffer," Huntsman said.
The confession prompted a request from Letterman. "Can you do a little something on the organ?" Huntsman happily obliged, joining Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra for a rollicking rendition of "Johnny B. Goode." It was hardly an impromptu performance, but Huntsman's skills on the keyboard were still impressive.
More critically for Huntsman, a moderate who's consistently polled well behind his more conservative Republican peers, the performance recalled Bill Clinton's now-iconic saxophone playing on "The Arsenio Hall Show" in 1992. Not a fond memory for Republicans, perhaps, but a moment that certainly resonated with voters. What did you think?
-- Meredith Blake
Photo: Jon Huntsman, left, and David Letterman. Credit: Cheryl Senter / Associated Press, left, and Heather Wines / Associated Press.