The British prime minister joked on an American late night show that he had just ended his career.
The British media, both left- and right- wing leaning, has poked fun at David Cameron after his appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman” for his seeming lack of knowledge of British history. Cameron failed to explain what Magna Carta meant in English.
“You’ve found me out,” Cameron said on the program. “I’ve ended my career on your show tonight!”
"The Daily Telegraph," a traditionally-Conservative leaning paper, ran the story with a headline “David Cameron braves David Letterman's U.S. chat show – and leaves red-faced.” It went on to say: “David Cameron’s decision to brave one of America’s most-watched chat shows left the Prime Minister red-faced as he struggled to answer David Letterman’s questions about British history.”
“The Guardian” said in its headline he “fluffs citizenship test on “David Letterman’s Late Show.”
Cameron had intended to use his Letterman appearance to promote British business and encourage Americans to visit his home country.
The Magna Carta of 1215 was actually a document forced onto the King of England to limit his power and protect the rights of his subjects. Letterman noted during the program that it meant “great charter."