David Letterman

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  1. Phil Kim

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    What a great television. Witnessing Dan Rather break down in tear twice, with David Letterman's support "I know you're a great newsman, Dan, but you're also a human being" -- all added up to very special show.
     
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    What a great show last night. I almost missed it since I wasn't even aware he was back. I just came across it while surfing around.
    Showed a great deal of class last night.
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    An extraordinary show, even more remarkable than the post-heart-surgery return. It was a fitting acknowledgement of the enormity of the past week's events to have Letterman abandon his irony and a seasoned pro like Dan Rather abandon his detachment.
    You have to admire Rather for being willing to come on after a week in which I'm sure he didn't sleep much. He's been a consummate professional, day after day, under terrible circumstances. He more than earned those emotional moments.
    Usually I can't stand Regis Philbin, but his appearance was almost a relief. At a certain point, you're grateful for a lightweight.
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    I couldn't agree more. I've always loved Letterman and The Late Show, and last night was the reason why. What a class act all around.
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    I'll also chime in as saying last night's Letterman was just an excellent, excellent show. Watching Dan Rather break down was almost enough for me to.
     
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    I too was deeply moved by Dave's speech. The perspective that Dave and Dan left me speechless. I think that Dave's speech hit home so hard because he seems like an "everyman." It stand out in my mind as one of the "happy" memories from this terrible tragedy.
    While I know that his may not be the place, but if anyone has a copy of the show I will gladly pay duplication costs and shipping to have a copy of this memorable show as CBS does not provide the public copies.
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    David Letterman has been my late-night hero since he first hit the airwaves, but last night he emerged as the most genuine human being I have ever seen on television. Now, he is a hero of a far greater caliber to me. I am very glad to see this thread and find others who agree with me. I hate to be so partisan, but I must say that I sincerely doubt Jay Leno could have managed to communicate even a small fraction of the human spirit Letterman displayed last night. Not that Jay doesn't feel the same depth of sorrow and frustration, but he lacks the sincerity of David Letterman. Dave is the best, no question. An "everyman" indeed.
     
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    Ditto all that.
    I was hoping I was not the only one who saw it.
    Letterman's class and the opening segment with '...I'm sorry, but I have to do this for myself' and admitting his reservations about coming back on shows the honesty which makes him better...whether he's making fun of himself or being serious as last night.
    Another reason why I don't watch the other guy!!!
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    What was it Dave did last night that was so wonderful? I didn't watch it. I heard snippets of the interview with Dan Rather, where rather started to cry, on MSNBC, but that's it.
    /Mike
     
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    I'm a Leno man myself .. but since Leno won't be back til tonight, I caught Letterman's show. I thought it was very classy. The camera didn't show Letterman when he broke down into tears (during a break), but he came across as very human.
    It will be interesting to see how Leno comes across. Leno doesn't have Dave's "gentlemanly" charms... I'm curious if he can sound as sincere. Conan should be interesting as well since I've never seen Conan do anything serious before.
     
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    I didn't see the show. On the 9th I'd gone to Washington DC for five days, then watched the horror on TV and out my hotel window, where the smoke from the Pentagon, just over a mile away, was a black cloud on the future. I got home to Alaska late Sunday evening and last night I was (and still am) in a jet-lag and sleep distorted funk. I too would like to see the show, and would be glad to pay for a VHS copy. Can anyone help? ([email protected])
     
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    Count me in as well. If any single soul has a copy of this on video, I will gladly offer reproduction costs to get a copy [​IMG]
     
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    I haven't watched Dave or Jay (or Conan or Craig) in years. What I've heard about Dave and what clip I saw of Conan last night was very touching.
    I have to say that I disagree with Jay though. Of course what happened at the WTC, Pentagon, and Pennsylvania was horrible and wrong and those that did this should be more than punished. But unless we try to understand why people would do such a thing, we'll never be able to prevent future Bin Laden's. Lobbing missiles over and killing the innocent along with the guilty is just going to make more people rise up and want revenge on "their" side.
    Politically Incorrect is the best. I suggest people go to the PI website and read transcripts of this week's shows. Bill, who usually bashed GW on a nightly basis has expressed his hopes that the President will rise to greatness.
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    Unfortunately, I missed the show too so if anyone taped it, I would also be interested in obtaining a copy ( [email protected] ). The monologue was great - thanks for the link!
     
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    Nope. It did not work for me. I just saw it as two more people crying on TV after what seems like hundreds. These same two guys will be criticizing President Bush soon for his War on Terrorists and are the last two guys I would want fighting beside me. I have not forgiven Dave for his childish and self righteous rants about Bush not coming on his show to debate Bush during the election. And Rather's News Show is entrenched in last place because of good reason: Dan Rather. And besides, Jay is much funnier than Dave, which is really all that matters.
     
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    I also take my hat off to dave. I have been watching letterman for the last fifteen years and he is by far the best late night host going.Jay is ok, but i find myself watching the tonight show more for who he has on and not for Jay.
    Just an opinion but i have a hard time listening to jays rather bad/cheezy monolouges and is it just me or does jay mumble half the things he says while doing interveiws on the show.Its like the volume of his voice is going in an out. [​IMG]
     

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