On Monday's show, Letterman said, "I'm wondering, 'Well, what can I do to help people understand that I would never make a joke like this?' I've never made jokes like this, as long as we've been on the air, 30 long years."
Letterman claimed ignorance - saying, essentially, that he is not up to date enough on the news stories his writers are mocking to have known that Willow was the daughter at the Yankees game with Sarah.
If that's the misconception - that the joke was aimed at a 14-year-old - he understands why people are upset, he said. "I would be upset myself." Letterman has said from the beginning that he thought the Palin daughter who attended the Yankee game was Bristol.
The moral of the story? Do your job and know what you're making jokes about. By the way, the ever classy Palin accepted Dave's explanation.
The Alaska governor says she hopes the apology, made by Letterman on his CBS late-night show, will help change attitudes about men who joke about the sexual exploitation of young girls.
Not bad for a hick who never went to Harvard, eh?