--Barack Obama, Leno Farewell Show (2.7.14)
Ha Ha. Jay Leno began his monologue on the same show saying, “I don’t like goodbyes, NBC does. Tonight is our last show for real. I don’t need to be fired three times. I get the hint.” Ha Ha.
So did NBC fire Leno because he upset “POTUS”? Some hints:
- Leno was beating all competition, yet NBC reportedly offered him $15 million to leave the “Tonight Show” early, eight months before his contract expired.
- Leno talked about “Benghazi-gate,” and after a CBS News reporter finally probed Obama on Benghazi, Leno “joked” that should a journalist “suddenly start asking real questions,” this would be “very dangerous to the White House.”
- Leno was critical of Obama’s handling of the IRS and NSA scandals; few others would even mention them.
- Leno writes his own jokes.
- Leno said that he would continue hosting the “Tonight Show” until he keeled over.
"Saturday Night Live" boss Lorne Michaels. . . is helping to run both the Fallon show and the new Seth Meyers show after him on NBC. When asked about the rules for political satire, Michaels replied: "Republicans are easier for us than Democrats. Democrats tend to take it personally; Republicans think it's funny." Republicans can laugh at themselves, even when they're being mocked. Not Democrats. They have thin skin because they expect every comedian to fall at their feet -- like Fallon does with the Obamas.Leave it to Peggy Noonan, the former Reagan-Bush 41 speechwriter, to remind conservatives where they (don’t) stand in the real world of our national elite. Noonan recently wrote the Netflix show “House of Cards”
is all about the behavior of our elites, our upper classes, which we define now in a practical sense as those who are successful, affluent and powerful. This group not only includes but is almost limited to our political class, Wall Street, and the media, from Hollywood to the news divisions. They’re all kind of running America. They all seem increasingly decadent.