A Tribute to David Letterman's Best Stupid Politician Tricks

Rating the performances of presidential hopefuls and one ex-president on the “Late Show With David Letterman,” just as Obama makes his last appearance.
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Tonight, President Obama will make his eighth and final appearance on “Late Show With David Letterman,” so we know what to expect. The way he is with Dave is the way he is with just about everything: Smart, composed, with better comedic timing than you’d suspect … but still sort always sort of removed from the situation, always talking to a theoretical version of you rather than the actual you. It’s why his best-ever talk show appearance remains his Between Two Ferns chat with Zach Galifianakis:

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