Letterman’s Top 10 Reasons Why There Won’t Be a Filipino US President

I got this info from an e-mail from one of my friends and this has been going around for quite some time. I’m not sure who the real author is so I don’t know who to give credit to.

David Letterman has a late night show on CBS station  here in the United States and he is very popular for providing the “Top Ten Reasons…”

Even though it says “By David Letterman” on the title, I think most of us can say that this was not his own creation but more of a Filipino.  It is so detailed and deep that pretty much this is considered as an “inside joke” for Filipinos for which non-Filipinos may not get.

Below is the Top 10 List Why There Won’t Be a Filipino US President

10. The White House is not big enough for in-laws and extended relatives.

9. There are not enough parking spaces at the White House!!

8. Dignitaries are generally intimidated by eating with their fingers at State dinners.

7. There are too many dining rooms in the White House – where will they put the Last Supper picture?

6. The White House walls is not big enough to hold a giant wooden spoon and fork set.

5. Secret Service staff won’t respond to “pssst…pssst”.

4. Secret Service staff are uncomfortable driving the Presidential car with a Holy Rosary hanging on the rear view mirror or having the statue of the Santo Nino on the dashboard.

3. No budget allocation to purchase karaoke machines for every White House room.

2. State dinners do not allow “Take Home.”


1. Air Force One does not allow overweight Balikbayan boxes!

I found this really funny since as a Filipino, I can really relate. However, there are some Pinoys out there that found this a little racist. So what do you think? Please voice your opinion in our comment section.

162 thoughts on “Letterman’s Top 10 Reasons Why There Won’t Be a Filipino US President”

  1. Mr. Letterman, do you really know what you’re talking about?! this is a joke for you but not for the Filipinos in general. we may not be as popular as your country is. but YOU HAVE NOT RIGHT TO INSULT US!

    1. KRG! You don’t have a sense of humor cguro tiga-bundok ka or your highest level of education is grade 1…
      pasang-awa pa…kc kamag anak mo ang teacher mo! get a life…its a joke! now go home and pray the rosary!

      1. Just let Nitesoul speak his mind!!! Frankly, I don’t think it’s funny either. I see the humor….and I get it. Although, I wouldn’t be offended by it also. It means nothing to me. It’s just funny that a lot of people are throwing ‘nitesoul’ under the bus for having a different opinion. Well, to those who think that this bit is really funny, let me ask you this: What if they wrote down,…as the no.1 reason on why a fil-am couldn’t be a president of US:…and it has something to do with a pet dog and a stove( you know where I’m going with this). Would you still think it’s a funny bit? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Well, why can’t you guys understand that perhaps Nitesoul sees it that way? …and why are some of you embarrassed?…bec. he reacted?

    2. hey nitesoul, this is humor. every country, every nationality can be subjected to this, no need to feel insulted. and please, correct your grammar. what a shame.

    3. In America you have the right to insult. Just because your ass is to tight for a joke doesnt mean everyone’s ass is that tight. I guess we should go around asking “hey do you wanna hear an insult”

      1. you are absolutely correct!!! its a joke and we filipinos should take it in a good and sport way 🙂 chillax its funny and if you really think it is true!!! specially the take home and balikbayan boxes and the extended family… and rosary or sto. nino… ask david lettermen for sure the one who did this top 10 is a filipino 🙂 bec he/she really knows what he/she’s saying…. its so trueeee 🙂 and funny :)…. i am a filipino… do not be sensitive just take this joke as a joke 🙂

    4. wow, Nitesoul, you’re popular now. you are a true Filipino, why? because you reacted the way a typical Filipino like you, and there is nothing wrong with that. Most Filipinos think they are smart because they lambasted you with their “americanized” comments. but for me, you’re just speaking your mind. period, and i admire you because you did not fear what other might say about your comment. those who are angry because you have spoken your mind, are people who can not stand with people speaking their mind. Nitesoul, you are a nationalistic and patriotic Filipino citizen, full of pride, willing to face the “battle” of humiliation because of your comment. AGAIN, you are just speaking your mind. Never mind those insecure creatures trying to outshine your moment. HEHEHEHEHEHE. well that’s life. everyone has their own style to let the world feel their presence. PEACE TO ALL. DEMOCRACY LOVING PEOPLE.

    5. as it was said this is not created by David Letterman our fellow Filipino (whoever he/she is) made this joke how could he knows about the big wood spoon and fork…A JOKE that attacks our leaders….the cars the SUV…

    6. @nitesoul , ayusin mo kase grammar mo kaya nalalait ang mga Pilipino eh!

      ( Mr. Letterman, do you really know what you’re talking about?! this is a joke for you but not for the Filipinos in general. we may not be as popular as your country is. but YOU HAVE NOT RIGHT TO INSULT US! ) dapat you have no right to insult us. na capitalized mo pa mali naman.

    7. don’t take it the jokes personally dude…i bet you even make fun of other people and yet you feel offended by this? do you know what that makes you? a hypocrite…yes a hypocrite.

    8. Its not insulting, people always make fun of Indians and their accents, Chinese eating snakes/dogs, Americans being bigots—this top 10 does reflect our Filipino culture…I was even proud that they were sensitive enough not to include mail ordered brides or TNTs. Good Job Dave! =)

    9. I do not think it was ever created for the letterman show because how could it be relatable to any of his guests e.g. Schneider? Manillo? Most likely not!

    10. This Top Ten list is bull shit. I don’t like it. It is an insult to Filipinos. I have worked with Filipinos for many years in Asia and the US and have admired their ability to always carry a positive attitude even though they are being treated like shit. To the Filipinos…As an American I am embarrassed by this top ten list and truly apologize for it. I think that your are victims of corruption and unfortunately your good nature but I love your dedication you have to your families and your friends. Do not tolerate this kind of stupidity because you do not deserve it. Every Filipino should write David Letterman and (CBS) to tell them what a piece of crap he really is.

  2. Nitesoul, you must be mistaken. A joke like this is clearly coming from a Filipino not by David Letterman. The joke is so esoteric that only a Filipino can come up with something like this. He’s only being used because of his popular “Top Ten List.”

  3. Well, as a Filipino I know that a very large percentage of Filipinos really do have these traits — whether or not David Letterman said it, the fact remains that it’s what most Filipinos do. Of course, it should be made clear, however, that not all are like this. I do agree that it looks like it was written by a Filipino — most Americans wouldn’t understand the humor unless they know Filipinos or have been in the Philippines.

  4. why is it that pinoys are always cranky? something said about them, they get easily insulted. if no one talks about them, they feel unappreciated.
    are pinoys all girls?

  5. haha cmon have a sense of humor. im pinoy and this is funny to me. dont be like “oh well you probably grew up here in the US and you really dont know anything about us flips.” nah, mali ka tsong, laking pinas ako. (nah you’re wrong dude, i grew up in philippines)

    in addition, he probably wouldnt know our traits if he isnt associated with a filipino.

    cmon, laught it out… i know flips like to tell racist jokes too. i gotta admit, racist jokes are fun.

  6. yah…
    guys, take it easy.
    it was very funny and truly a part of our culture.

    you might even add:

    number 11: the white house will require an enormous about of plastic cover to wrap all the chairs and furniture.

    so don’t worry about it. this is not “a fake” [sic] and i’m proud we made it to the david letterman top 10 segment. just proves how rich a culture we pinoys have. 🙂

  7. yeah dont be cranky..its just a joke and its funny! As if Filipinos dont make fun of other race / nationalities..common fellow Pinoys..dont be such a saint!

  8. lolz! some of you makes me laugh. where’s your sense of humor?im a pure bred Pinoy and I think this has to be one of the funniest I’ve seen. It actually makes me proud to see something like this get aired in national tv,or should I say, global tv as well. Im proud that we as Pinoys have our own identity and uniqueness,good or bad,tha’s what makes us who we are.

  9. Fatx Calabazaron

    you know some pinoys here are OA(over-reacting) na, its a JOKE! funny too, and i assure you i am purely pinoy and do not live in US etc..
    um vic- not all pinoys are cranky, as i said some tend to get very OA!!!

    P.S. they should add one more about:
    -the use of tabo for bathing and washing
    -i don’t know how the pope will respond to mano po greetings

  10. I am filipino and proud of it.
    I also find this very funny. All you cranky filipino people out there,
    LIGHTEN UP. All races have been the target of cultural jokes. Let’s learn to laugh at ourselves, man.

  11. I don’t see what the fuss is all about. I’m Filipino and I don’t see these as offensive. After all, they are jokes. I mean, we laugh at his other Top 10 jokes, but when it comes to us, we get immature and mad. If we really are mature and confident about our nation and culture, we wouldn’t be angry. It’s a joke and be proud of the stereotypes; we do have Karaokes, we do send overweight balikbayan boxes, we do hang rosaries. Just laugh, and laughing is the best Pinoy trait we can share to the world.

  12. funny is funny…and that was hilarious!!!!

    for those of you that find this “offensive”..
    here’s a quarter….go down to Robinsons and buy a sense of humor…..

  13. hilarious! now, the fun part: a filipino politician now mulling over how he can hog the limelight by saying that DL owes the philippines an apology for insulting its culture. that would be my number eleven reason! hintay lang tayo in the coming days, mga kabayan. hehehe.

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  15. Captain Hooke

    Not really offensive, kinda funny actually. Astig nga eh…

    Dun sa mga naaasar: Asus! parang di nya ginagawa, in denial pa sya, there is nothing wrong with those traits naman diba? why not embrace the fact na ginagawa natin yun?


  16. Oh my God! XD I almost peed myself reading this list. My Tita Luz fits this description perfectly. Her basement is a Jesus shrine! She even has about two dozen folding chairs down there in front of her homemade altar. She says it’s because the neighbors sometimes come over and join her and my relatives down there. She has her own Mass in her basement! And yes, I do recall the HUGE silverware on the walls! XD The best part is that when we drove her from Maryland to Toronto, she brought three full trash bags with her filled with cookies and snacks and such! Oh dear Tita Luz! What would we do without her???

  17. The posting is very funny. I sent it to relatives in Dumaguete. They said they read the posting in the past. I was surprised that they knew about the site: FilamWords.com. But I think that they were more surprised that I knew about the website all the way over here in New York. “Ma, we are not that far… Travel time is only 26 hours! We miss you!” -R

  18. Guys! lighten up… it’s just a joke… I am pure pinay, born and raised in our lovely country PI…. I thought this is funny…
    BTW, this is NOT fake, I’ve seen the episode when Letterman aired this.
    Laugh…. Love…. Live!!! Don’t be “OA” (over acting) people!

  19. HAHAHA!!!! was looking for this all day, finally got to watch it and it was funny as HELL!!! Why do these so called PATRIOTIC PINOYS react to such little fuss about the truth of what and who we really are? Ayusin nyo muna mga baho nyo sa sarili bago kayo magreklamo e mas racist pa nga tayo kaysa sa mga ibang dayuhan jan…David Letterman has nothing to say Sorry about….Kayo dapat mag sorry sa kanya! This is a really GOOD joke from the show….

  20. This is a clean joke…why should anyone get insulted and offended when this is really true…these points are not made up because they are so true. Wow! Hold your horses, man…or baka naman you are too elite and ignore the fact that these points are very Filipino…I really do not see why some of you are upset about this? I would only be mad if the joke is not true or crosses the line…just like what happened with HOward STerns…His jokes were below par and that was not acceptable. But this one? OH, yeah….made my day.

  21. Filipinos love to make fun of each other so we shouldn’t be offended, they were all true and very funny! and I agree, David Letterman wouldn’t know all these if it wasn’t told by another Filipino. C’mon, let’s not make a big deal out of it cuz it’s not even nasty.. it’s just really us and it’s funny!

  22. Probably nitesoul wants to be US president.. hahahaha.. Sorry dude you got busted. Pambihira di kaya nakaka-insulto to.. This just means Filipinos are really now recognized globally. Proud to be Pinoy!!!