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Spotted on the red carpet: David Letterman

Keith Bedford/Globe Staff
David Letterman arrived at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum on Sunday.

Sporting a long white beard and purple-tinted sunglasses, retired comedian David Letterman was among those who strolled up the red carpet Sunday night at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum to watch former president Barack Obama receive this year’s Profiles in Courage award.

The comedian joked with reporters. One asked Letterman if he missed his show, “The Late Show with David Letterman,” which went off CBS in May 2015.

“I miss,” Letterman began, then he switched directions. “My wife misses — she wishes I was out of the house, let’s put it that way.”

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Obama appeared on Letterman’s show eight times, three times as president. On his last appearance, the president joked with Letterman that once he was out of office and Letterman had retired from his show, the pair could play dominoes together and go to the local Starbucks.

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One reporter asked what Letterman would like to hear from Obama, who delivered an acceptance speech later that night.

“I have a 13-year-old and I can’t get him to pick up his Legos, so I need some advice, some guidance,” said Letterman, who was with his wife, Regina Lasko.

He deflected questions about President Trump and the current health-care debate.

Laura Krantz can be reached at laura.krantz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @laurakrantz.