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Obama on Letterman: 'One of the things you sign up for in politics is folks yell at you' (video here)

September 22, 2009 |  3:12 am

It was classic David Letterman -- acerbic in a fun way -- and vintage Barack Obama -- charmingly modest.

Asked about Jimmy Carter's charge that opposition to Obama's healthcare reform is rooted in racism, the president said, "I was actually black before the election." Attributing the criticism to the heat of the issues, the president noted that FDR was reviled as a socialist, Ronald Reagan as a reactionary.

"This is not untypical," he said. "One of the things you sign up for in politics is folks yell at you."

-- Johanna Neuman

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