A Thin Slice of Comedy Glory
I was reading a Bush comedy website and they had a special section called “The 100 Best Bush Jokes, 2000-2004.” Would any be mine? This featured all the late-night comics: Leno, Letterman, Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Conan O’Brein, Jimmy Kimmel, Tina Fey, Dennis Miller, Craig Kilborn,etc…. so I started going through. Only nine or ten in, there was the following:
"Is it me or is Bush going everywhere Kerry goes? So far in the past week, President Bush has followed John Kerry to Davenport, Iowa; New Mexico; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; and he follows him to Portland, Oregon. The only place he never followed John Kerry was Vietnam." —Jay Leno
That joke was fun to write because, both candidates were here in town, and I got to work Portland in. I believe this was also one of the ones that made the Oregonian editorial page. I recognized 2 or 3 others on the list, that were probably mine, but I can’t be sure without checking. I mean 500 plus jokes later on the Tonight Show and things get kind of hazy. I will say my favorite joke of the whole bunch was courtesy of Letterman’s writers: "President Bush is asking Congress for $80 billion dollars to re-build Iraq. And when you make out that check, remember there are two L's in Halliburton." —David Letterman.
Of course, any kind of joy I have at getting a joke on during the last few years is mitigated by knowing it didn’t make one positive bit of difference in how things turned out. Okay, except for the laughs.
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