Bill Clinton was on the David Letterman show last nite. It was bound to be an interesting event for several reasons. Firstly, Letterman loves to dominate his show. This means that he does most of the talking and very often tends to interrupt the guest and sometimes even cut them off. He can’t do that to Bill Clinton, the former President and hence once upon a time one of the most powerful men on the planet, could he? Maybe, maybe not. Besides, Bill Clinton has not appeared on a show like this since appearing on the Arsenio Hall show more than a decade ago. So there was an element of what’s this guy like in a more relaxed mood, with no real job and no real pressure. Can he sit back, relax, and enjoy a few laughs? Last but not the least, Clinton has been the butt of so many Letterman jokes over the years!
So what was this show like? Well…personally, I was a little disappointed. Clinton was quite stiff all along. He only laughed once, and that too in a pretty restrained manner. Letterman was unusually restrained too. He would ask a question and wait patiently for Clinton to complete his answers. Very often Clinton launched into his favorite political wonk mode with answers laced with stats and numbers. His answers were long drawn, but not once did Letterman interrupt. Also, I think Letterman focused more on policy and politics and hardly any questions were of a personal nature. It would have been more interesting had Letterman asked questions like — What is it like to be President for 8 years, and then be out of job, and still be quite young, and very capable? What is his typical day like? Would he run for office again? Rumors about Hillary’s political ambitions! In summary, I think both men where a little overwhelmed in their respective ways making it not as great an event as it could have been.