I had two thoughts while watching David Letterman's three-minute apology Monday night on the "Late Show" for a tasteless joke he made last week that upset the Palin family.
First, he really is in pain over what he called the perception of what the joke was about triumphing over the intent.
Secondly, he appears to be worried about something.
I'm sure it isn't over losing his job as "Late Night" host because of a silly campaign against him. More likely, he is worried about this one joke shattering his image and legacy.
Before he addressed the joke for the second time in a week, Letterman made four self-deprecating cracks in his monologue about how angry people have become over the joke and how hated he is now.
For those unaware of the controversy, Letterman is taking heat for a crack that during the seventh inning of a New York Yankees game that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin attended "her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez."
He conceded it was a "bad joke," that was "coarse" and "beyond flawed."
But he said the perception that it was about Palin's 14-year-old daughter, Willow -- who was at the Yankee game -- was wrong. He said it was about her 18-year-old daughter, Bristol, (who is an unwed mother).
Letterman added he didn't know either daughter was at the game and thought Gov. Palin was just there with former New York Yankee Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
"And I really should have made the joke about Rudy," he cracked.
Continuing his defense, Letterman said he never made a joke like that in 31 years as a late-night host and blamed himself for it being misunderstood. Then he apologized to Gov. Palin, her daughters and anyone else who was offended.
I thought his second apology was heartfelt and sincere. What did you think of it and what do you think about the controversy?
-- Alan Pergament