President Barack Obama is a nightmare for political comedians. He’s too cool, too smart, too … good at this whole leadership thing.
That was the bill of goods comedians sold us five years ago, an excuse which prevented them from mocking Obama as they did every previous Commander in Chief.
Jay Leno wasn’t buying that pile of horse manure.
Leno has consistently tweaked Obama in his Tonight Show monologues since the early days of the president’s administration, the same way Leno handled President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton.
This week, Leno turned up the heat to scorching levels while some of his peers resorted to full spin mode regarding Obama’s cascade of scandals. Tuesday night, Leno mocked Obama’s commencement address at Morehouse College as well as the president’s claim that he learned about the latest scandals hitting his administration from watching news reports.
And a Chicago man has set a new Guinness Book world record for the longest ferris wheel ride. He went 48 hours, 48 hours straight riding the ferris wheel in Chicago’s Navy pier. In fact, the only way to go around and around in circles that many times is to read the official report on Benghazi. That’s about the only way to go around and around.
Well, look at this. The White House, the White House has admitted that President Obama’s chief of staff had advanced warning the IRS was targeting conservative groups but never told the president. Well, President Obama says the first time he heard about the IRS scandal and the AP phone records scandal, first time he heard about it was from the media. See, that’s why President Obama holds press conferences: not to explain what’s going on, to find out what’s going on. To find out what – oh, of course.
And wouldn’t you know it, Leno’s ratings are on the rise these days.
The ratings leader in his time slot, Leno positively crushed Letterman and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel in the just-released early May sweeps ratings.
It’s too late for Leno to save his job, which will fall to Obama sycophant Jimmy Fallon next year. Leno will go out the same way he served late night viewers for the past 20-plus years, poking fun at the president in true satirist fashion.