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April 27th, 2012
05:26 PM ET

Blair Underwood on criticism of the president: "No one is perfect...but you respect the office"

Coming up at 9 p.m. tonight, Piers Morgan welcomes television and film actor Blair Underwood for a candid and engaging interview, touching upon such topics as race and politics, patriotism and entertainment.

Currently starring in the first multiracial version of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire," Underwood speaks to the country's battle with race, specifically in relation to Barack Obama:

"We have to remember that to have the first African-American president, there aren't enough black and brown people in this country to elect him," Underwood tells the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host. "So there are many other people - white, yellow, red, everybody in between - that elected this man to the presidency of the United States."

Best known for his iconic portrayal of attorney Jonathan Rollins in NBC's legal drama "L.A. Law," the 47-year-old father of three is a self-described "army brat," and disagrees with what he calls "a certain disrespect and disregard for the presidency of the United States."

"My dad is a retired army colonel.  So I grew up in a household where you don't necessarily question your commander-in-chief. You do what you're supposed...to do," he explains. "No one is perfect with - with each president along the way, but you respect the office."

Watch the clip, and tune in this evening at 9 p.m., as the 2-time Golden Globe-nominee opens up about his new Broadway production, and shares his thoughts on the Trayvon Martin case.
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  1. Love cute guys and don't care what you think

    Wow. Blair Underwood is great, but Bubba is better.

    April 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Izzy

    Piers, you make mention that the murder rate in UK is "68 per year" on average and the US's far higher rate is due to guns here in the US, but consider this: if you exclude the count of murders in the US with firearms, the US still has an astronomical rate of murder compared to the UK. And what about the fact that Canadians own guns at approximately the same rate as Americans, but have a murder rate near that of the UK?

    The issue isn't guns. The issue is that Americans like to murder each other. Even Mike Moore noted this curious statistic (Canada vs USA) in his silly "Columbine" film.

    April 27, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. gloria

    I think that if Piers Morgan is going to compare murder stats between Great Britain and the U.S. he should explain that comparing 68 murders in G.B. to 10,000 murders in the U.S. is not an equal equation considering the population of Great Britain is much smaller than the pop of the U.S. The numbers, once adjusted, are still quite far apart: 337 to 10,000 but not quite as shocking as comparing the number 68 to 10,000. Just sayin.

    April 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. pedro

    You just cant go without mentioning the gun laws in the UK. Go back if you dont like our laws. GUNS dont kill people, people kill people! Our laws keep us safe & free

    April 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. SHW

    Gloria: You are absolutely right. Morgan should take the populations into consideration before he compared the murder
    rate of US and UK.
    IZZY: Good point. I wonder if Morgan was aware of situation in Canada. He needs to do more research on the subjects before he goes on air.
    Pedro: You think Morgan will go back to UK? Last I heard UK was in recession . Ask him about that ! I am tired of him
    asking every guest what is wrong with America? Thank you for your concern, sir.

    April 28, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jonathan J Tibbs

    You brought Goldie Hawn with you ... Congrats old chap, she is wonderful ...

    April 29, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. PAUL SMATHERS

    YOU WERE RIGHT! GEORGE ZIMMERMAN IS A RACIST!
    A JEWISH, WHITE, AFRICAN-AMERICAN MESTIZO HISPANIC WHO IS CATHOLIC, DEMOCRAT AND SUPPORTER OF PRESIDENT OBAMA. GOT TO BE A RACIST! RIGHT?

    April 30, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    Regarding Obama's ads about Osama Bin Laden: Obama, Did the Republicans use the capture and death of Sadam Hussein to further their political agenda? No! Think about what the effect of Obama's joyous jubilation ads are going to have on the arab nations. Obama is putting us in their cross-hairs and they will be raining down on us once again! What is wrong with this administration? Anything goes as long as Obama gets elected. Does no one in the Obama administration even think about what they are doing!

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    Another point to consider is, what will we do when all of the retial jobs start to be lost when the slow conversion from the box store/strip mall mentality to the internet mentality begins to pick up speed? I rarely shop outside of my home anymore. Shoes and produce are the only items that I really demand to purchase in person. Otherwise, I can get almost everything cheaper on the internet. Jobs in retaial and commercial real estate values are both going to plummet before the next decade is over.

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