Letterman on Rush: 'Boneheaded Gangster'

Guest Katie Couric laughs uncomfortably
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2009 9:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Dave Letterman made Katie Couric squirm last night when he finished his interview by asking her, “What about this bonehead Rush Limbaugh?” Couric laughed and squealed, “Don’t do this to me!” but Dave plowed on. “He looks like an East European gangster,” he said, mocking Limbaugh for his black suit and unbuttoned black shirt at the conservative shindig last weekend. “When you think Rush Limbaugh, you think, ‘Ooh, let’s see a little flesh.’”

Couric tried to remain serious, but admitted she was “thrown by Rush Limbaugh and flesh in the same sentence.” She said his rise was indicative of a power vacuum in the Republican party. Dave was undeterred. “I’m sorry, the casino’s closed,” he growled in his best Eastern Block gangster voice. Couric could only laugh. “So much for my interview with Rush,” she said.