Thursday, May 04, 2006

Late-night comics target Bush

From an AP news wire report NEW YORK - Perhaps sensing vulnerability, the late-night comics have been piling on President Bush. During the first three months of the year, Bush has been the punch line of 307 monologue jokes by Jay Leno, David Letterman and Conan O'Brien, according to the Center for Media and Public affairs, which studies this sort of thing. That compares to 197 jokes during the same period last year. For all of 2005, the center's statisticians counted 544 Bush jokes. "Bush's numbers in public approval polls may be sinking consistently, but he's never been more popular with the late-night hosts," said Robert Lichter, the center's president. Most of the jokes are about Bush's intelligence, rather than his policies, the center said. For example: "Did you know former President James Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other at the same time?" Leno said. "That was Garfield. When President Bush heard about it, he said, `We had a talking cat for president?'"

Part of the reason the jokes are about his intelligence is also because it is easy to make fun of his intelligence (or lack of it). Policies are harder to criticize especially in one or two liners and not to mention the press and media (even the late night comics) are cowed and not willing to critique as they normally might have. I mean I remember when it was pretty much open season on Bill Clinton.
Also it's easy to see that about65-70% of the American people just don't like what is happening to the country under his leadership. That also makes it easy to make fun of him.
Some of the funnies (not all related to dear leader) -
"Condoleezza Rice is the most popular member of the Bush administration. Experts say that claiming to be the most popular member of the Bush administration is like claiming you got the 'good' kind of Herpes."---Conan O'Brien

"I mean, it seems like every time I turn on the TV these days, I see some ad for some drug I never heard of, to treat some disease I never heard of. That's not a stomach ache you have from eating the chili-cheese fries at Johnny Rockets, it's Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Or I.B.S. Or as I call it, "B.S." Which would also apply to the dreaded "Social Anxiety Disorder." Or as we used to call it, "shyness." And we treated it with an old home recipe: scotch and water."---Maher

"Today, of course, was the `Day Without Immigrants' ... Or as the Native Americans call it, the good old days.---Jay Leno

"Everybody in the government this week is suddenly trying to think of ways to conserve energy. For example, the smoke that blows out of the president's ass when he's talking about this issue is now from clean-burning ethanol."---Bill Maher
(To try and save himeslf from political damage with high gas prices he participated in a few photops about trying to talk up ethanol as an alternative fuel. This from an admin, where the VP called energy conservation a personal virtue and not good policy)!

I love Bill Maher, that one takes the cake I think.

7 comments:

Keshi said...

***"Everybody in the government this week is suddenly trying to think of ways to conserve energy. For example, the smoke that blows out of the president's ass when he's talking about this issue is now from clean-burning ethanol."---Bill Maher


hahahaha!

Keshi.

White Magpie said...

:)) The butt of all bane..I had heard one about Clinton and Bush's dotters..something like a bird in one hand is worth two in the bush or something like that..I wish we had Leno in India..Shekhar Suman comes close but that's it.

opinionatedinjerzee said...

Hehehe, thats the best part of him being in office, is all the jokes!! i heard that one of those pakistani channels that air here in the u.s. really had a field day when Bush went to Pakistan last month..

karmic_jay said...

lol.. is there a link if they are online?

Mr. J said...

Ohh boy. Bush surely is having a hard time.

Id it is said...

Humor... to house and hide hard-headed hypocrisy. With Bush and his cronies, it isn't funny anymore.

co said...

The Bill Maher joke was funny....