Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Letterman: Obama, Bergdahl and Taliban Swap

I admit this surprises me.

This is very unlike David Letterman to do, to attack Obama's Taliban swap for the release of Bowe Bergdahl.

From Tom Slagle, Breitbart:

The only things lamer than the duck in the White House right now are the late night writers abandoning political satire like their MySpace pages.

If it was any other president in the White House right now, last week would have been a prime rib buffet of political humor. Not only did the President Barack Obama make the worst trade since Cash for Clunkers, the simmering VA scandal is still ripe, and we saw a workout routine that made Richard Simmons look like a Rocky montage.

When there is a story as big as Bowe Bergdahl, it usually finds its way into most every comic's monologue. But last week, most of the hosts never acknowledged it. Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Fallon all avoided talking about the hostage swap.

In a surprising twist, reliably liberal David Letterman threw all caution to the wind last week, and uncharacteristically hit the swap every night.
"This was the most controversial trade since I was traded here to CBS."

"The deal originally included Joe Biden"

"Five for One. He apparently got the idea from Jos. A Banks."
Letterman even managed to squeak out this twofer, nailing both scandals Thursday:
"Bowe Bergdahl was over there for five years, he's now recovering in a German hospital, because he couldn't get into a VA facility.”
The only other mention of the trade was by Seth Meyers. The new Late Night host found an unlikely target to aim this single line at:
"Bill O'Reilly asked his viewers if they think if Bowe Bergdahl's father, Robert, was a Islamic sympathizer because he looks like a Muslim. That's like assuming Bill O'Reilly is a Gluten Sympathizer, because he looks like Dough."
I caught this joke from Seth Meyers - exactly what I've come to expect from him. I didn't change the channel soon enough that night.

Late night monologues have become such a wasteland. They're painful to watch.

On Monday, Jimmy Fallon did a few jokes that mentioned Obama and his D-Day gum chewing. But alas, the joke was on Joe Biden. He also mentioned Hillary Clinton and her ridiculous claim that she hasn't decided on a bid for the presidency. Still, nothing on Bergdahl, and nothing too critical of Obama.

I'm glad to hear that Letterman actually did his job, mocking the people in power rather than carrying water for them.

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