Conan O'Brien and Newark Mayor Cory Booker have been feuding for well over a week now.
It all started when O'Brien told a joke about Newark that disturbed Mayor Booker. The feud has been escalating via retaliations posted on YouTube and presented on The Tonight Show on NBC.
At present, O'Brien has been banned from the state of New Jersey. O'Brien claims that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has banned Booker from California, but that has not been confirmed.
Things have become so tense and the relations so strained that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has intervened.
Transcript, "Conan vs. Newark: Intervention (10/08/2009)"
HILLARY CLINTON: Good Evening everyone. I've been following the ongoing feud between Conan and Newark Mayor Cory Booker with great interest. And by this I mean, I haven't been following this feud at all, but my staff just gave me the gist of it five minutes ago.
As secretary of state, my job is to strengthen ties and improve relations, whether it be between nations around the world or between the mayor of a mid-sized American city and the host of a mildly amusing late night talk show.
So I'm here as our nation's chief diplomat to tell you the Top Ten Reasons Why Conan and Cory Should Make Peace.
Oh, right. That is the other show, so let me just go on from there by saying that the time has come to make peace.
Let's just chalk it up to Conan's head injury and be done with this whole mess. Then you can end this silly feud and you can go back to what you both do best. For Mayor Booker, that means leading Newark toward a new era of growth and prosperity. For Conan, that means dancing around the stage and making lame jokes about my pantsuits.
Thank you. And Conan, please don't bother me again.
Hillary has played a higher profile role in the Conan vs. Newark conflict than she has in matters of international interest.
It was good to see Hillary get involved. We don't hear from her much. I guess Obama doesn't want to be upstaged by her.
Obama insists on being the one in the spotlight, looking weak and wobbly and apologizing for the U.S., kowtowing to dictators and tyrants.
I wonder if Obama OK'd this late night guest appearance by Hillary and approved her remarks. If he didn't, Obama is going to be really ticked off, sort of like his problems with Gen. McChrystal.
Obama is so thin-skinned.
Perhaps as the nation's chief diplomat, Hillary should intervene in the Obama vs. McChrystal conflict.