EPA's Lisa P. Jackson on "Late Show With David Letterman"
EPA Administrator Lisa Perez Jackson, left, was interviewed by David Letterman on Earth Day (April 22, 2010). Letterman joked about Jackson's former job as head of environmental protection of New Jersey, "monitoring the environment of New Jersey, or the United States, which is a bigger job?" Jackson replied, "Well, you don't want to send a rookie in to do heart surgery."
Jackson insisted that mitigating climate change is not "hopeless," as Letter stated. Administrator Jackson was delightful and funny, while slipping in some environmental facts and figures. She's a natural. Letterman seemed to genuinely enjoy the interview too. Quickly responding to the New Jersey question without insulting the state was typical of Jackson's quick mind. President Obama is well served by having such a sharp presence at the U.S. EPA.