David Letterman's Math: Obama's Been President 'A Year and a Half, Close to Two Years'

On Tuesday, Diane Sawyer absurdly claimed the Occupy Wall Street protests have spread to more than a thousand countries.

Following in this arithmetically-challenged tradition, David Letterman told former President Bill Clinton Wednesday Obama's been in office "a year and a half, close to two years" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

DAVID LETTERMAN: We have a president who has inherited many of these problems, but now people are saying, "Well, it's been a year and a half, close to two years. We ought to start to see some changes." Everything seems to be road-blocked, nothing seems to be going in a direction of a solution.  

Yeah, Obama's only been in office for "a year and a half, close to two years," and those dastardly Republicans have just stood in the poor guy's way.

The truth is he's been in power for almost three years, two of which he had control of both chambers of Congress with huge majorities including a filibuster-proof Senate.

But why should we expect a guy who can't subtract simple numbers to understand that?

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.