To Letterman's Annoyance, His Mom Won’t Blame Global Warming for Warm Days in Indianapolis

As the long holiday weekend comes to an end, catching up with a humorous, seemingly spontaneous, moment on the last fresh Late Show before Thanksgiving. David Letterman is a big believer in cataclysmic predictions about global warming, but on Wednesday’s program his mom, Dorothy, rejected his proposition that global warming was to blame for some unseasonably warm days in Indianapolis -- prompting her disappointed son to shake his head in disapproval.

Dorothy, better known as “Dave’s mom,” appears annually from her kitchen in suburban Indianapolis to let her son guess the types of pies she’s baked for Thanksgiving. This year, the 89-year-old remarked “it's been unseasonably warm,” leading her son to assert “that's that climate change. It's the global warming. You know that, mom? Do you believe in the climate change, in the global warming?”

To which, Dorothy Letterman innocently responded: “Not really.”  (MP3 audio clip)


From the November 24 Late Show:

DAVID LETTERMAN: How are things in Indianapolis?

DOROTHY LETTERMAN: Things are very nice. It's been unseasonably warm.

DAVID LETTERMAN: How warm. How warm has it been? Like 20 degrees warmer than it should be?

DOROTHY LETTERMAN: About, yes, and it's very windy.

DAVID LETTERMAN: Yeah, well, that's that climate change. It's the global warming. You know that, mom? Do you believe in the climate change, in the global warming?

DOROTHY LETTERMAN: Not really. [audience laughter as David Letterman’s facial expressions show his disapproval]

— Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. Click here to follow him on Twitter.

Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center