Jonathan Alter Appears on 'Late Night With David Letterman'


NEWSWEEK columnist Jonathan Alter went on Late Night Tuesday to talk about his new book, The Promise: President Obama, Year One, which offers a behind-the-scenes view of the administration's political successes and failures during its first year. Alter told Letterman he would give the president a B-plus so far—he "put a lot of points on the board" legislatively but failed to communicate effectively with the American people. The lack of communication has contributed to Obama's slumping poll numbers, Alter said, but he believes the administration could achieve a Reagan-style rebound.