USA Today has posted about President Obama’s taped appearance on David Letterman’s show Monday night. Some of the highlights:

Letterman asked him about former president Jimmy Carter’s claim that racism is behind a lot of recent political attacks, Obama deadpanned: “It’s important to realize that I was actually black before the election.”

The president’s chat with the veteran comedian-turned-talk show-host stayed serious for the most part, with discussions of tough subjects like war and health care. But there were also some jokes and Letterman-style playfulness.

When Letterman asked the president about his daughters, Obama said they “basically just goofed off during the summer, which I couldn’t do.” “Others have,” Letterman cracked.

Letterman Top 10 reasons Obama appeared on the show:

10. Heard the lady with the heart-shaped potato was gonna be here. 9. Thought it would be fun to watch someone else get heckled. 8. Something to do with that whole Cash For Clunkers deal. 7. Every president since Teddy Roosevelt has done it. 6. Someone offers you 600 bucks, you take it ladies and gentlemen. 5. We told him Megan Fox would be here. 4. Needed some time to hang out before check-in time at his hotel. 3. I have no idea. 2. Said yes, without thinking, like Bush did with Iraq. 1. Wanted to congratulate Dave on the big Emmy win.