Palin Accepts Letterman Apology

Deliberately misinterpreted or not, unnecessarily drawn out or not, in poor taste or…well, the consensus is actually pretty clear on that one…Sarah Palin has finally called a cease-fire on her feud with David Letterman, accepting for good the host's second, and slightly more sincere, televised extension of an olive branch.

The détente was made official, when the Alaska governor issued a statement thanking Letterman, more or less, for coming to his comedic senses, and accepting his apology on behalf of the double-X-chromosome set.

"Of course it's accepted on behalf of young women, like my daughters, who hope men who 'joke' about public displays of sexual exploitation of girls will soon evolve," Palin said of the Late Show host's apology.

"Letterman certainly has the right to 'joke' about whatever he wants to, and thankfully we have the right to express our reaction."

Palin's statement came after Letterman said on his CBS "Late Show" Monday night that his joke was "beyond flawed" and "really, in and of itself, can't be defended."

But, he said in comments directed to Palin, "It's not your fault that it was misunderstood. It's my fault."

He went on to apologize to "the governor and her family and everybody else who was outraged by the joke. I'm sorry about it, and I'll try to do better in the future."

In a statement Tuesday, Palin said that Letterman has the right to joke about whatever he wants to, and "thankfully we have the right to express our reaction....In this case, may that right be used to promote equality and respect."