Video: Leno rips Obama’s GM takeover

posted at 1:35 pm on April 1, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Could Barack Obama have set an easier target for comics? Government-subsidized car warranties combine, as Leno notes here, the best comic lines for inefficient bureaucracies and used-car sales and maintenance. Remember how comics complained that poking fun at Obama would be tough? Problem solved:


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Palin for Prez

Norwegian on April 1, 2009 at 1:37 PM

This is the FIRST jokes by Leno on Obama…since the election….

originalpechanga on April 1, 2009 at 1:38 PM

woohoo!
Leno finds his funny bone, at long last.

maverick muse on April 1, 2009 at 1:38 PM

FIRST!!!

of April

jdpaz on April 1, 2009 at 1:38 PM

ohhhhhhhhhh BURN!

ernesto on April 1, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Actually, Leno jabbed at Obama a week ago, one of the first on the economy, 1:38.

maverick muse on April 1, 2009 at 1:39 PM

I’d still like to see a bumper sticker that says ‘JOKE’, where the O is a big Obama 0 and the j k and e are in little text so you can’t tell what it is until you get up close.

BadgerHawk on April 1, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Sweet. Jay may be a liberal, but he ain’t too bad.

Badger40 on April 1, 2009 at 1:39 PM

a turning tide? or false hope?

gatorboy on April 1, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Leno is racist!!!

rbj on April 1, 2009 at 1:40 PM

So Palin is a fool? Doesn’t anybody get the message? Hot Air is saying that Palin is a fool.

True_King on April 1, 2009 at 1:40 PM

a turning tide? or false hope?

gatorboy on April 1, 2009 at 1:40 PM

even the gulag gives the occasional potato….

sven10077 on April 1, 2009 at 1:41 PM

The audience didn’t like the cabinet tax-cheat joke. I’m surprised they didn’t hop the stage and kick the crap outta Jay.

gmoonster on April 1, 2009 at 1:41 PM

YAH! Leno leads the way…The ice is broken…Let the games begin!!

Somebody’s not getting invited to the WH….EVEH

katy on April 1, 2009 at 1:42 PM

The audience didn’t like the cabinet tax-cheat joke. I’m surprised they didn’t hop the stage and kick the crap outta Jay.

gmoonster on April 1, 2009 at 1:42 PM

So Palin is a fool? Doesn’t anybody get the message? Hot Air is saying that Palin is a fool.
True_King on April 1, 2009 at 1:40 PM

?

Slublog on April 1, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Maybe Leno just needed to meet the dude before realizing just what a joke he was?

myrenovations on April 1, 2009 at 1:44 PM

More pictures of Sarah. And the problem with that is…? Wow, she’s a looker! No sarc tag here!

drunyan8315 on April 1, 2009 at 1:44 PM

@ true king — lighten up, francis!

Buckaroo on April 1, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Good for Jay! However, after watching the clips from O’Reilly’s appearance last night with Letterman, and after listening to the audiences’ responses during both shows, I’m more convinced than ever that said audiences are made up, for the most part, of liberal loons. Still drinking the Kool-
Aid, still following the ‘shepherd’.

pcpower1 on April 1, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Nice rip on Biden and WH tax-cheats. Who knew Libs could laugh at themselves?

conservative pilgrim on April 1, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Sarah Palin 2012 – accept no substitutes.

Onager on April 1, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Yer killin’ me with all these Palin pics!

Government-subsidized car warranties

Reason TV: Introducing the Government-Backed DMV Automotive Repair Center!

Rae on April 1, 2009 at 1:45 PM

on topic, if barry has lost jay, has he lost middle america?
:-)

Buckaroo on April 1, 2009 at 1:45 PM

So Palin is a fool? Doesn’t anybody get the message? Hot Air is saying that Palin is a fool.
True_King on April 1, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Palin iz da hitz…

-DL Hughgley Steele

sven10077 on April 1, 2009 at 1:45 PM

So Palin is a fool? Doesn’t anybody get the message? Hot Air is saying that Palin is a fool.
True_King on April 1, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Howzabout you stay on topic, Princess?

mjk on April 1, 2009 at 1:45 PM

So Palin is a fool? Doesn’t anybody get the message? Hot Air is saying that Palin is a fool.
True_King on April 1, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Don’t see it that way at all. Ed’s joke is mainly on Allah, but we get the benefit by the beautification of Hot Air.

Christian Conservative on April 1, 2009 at 1:46 PM

What do you get when you cross Gheitner with a mule? A tax-evading jackass.

EMD on April 1, 2009 at 1:46 PM

even the gulag gives the occasional potato….

sven10077 on April 1, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Brilliant. Usually it is just 1 rotten peel for every prisoner. But a brilliant line nonetheless. Touché!

J.J. Sefton on April 1, 2009 at 1:47 PM

All these pics of Gov. Palin. You guys finally get it!

blue13326 on April 1, 2009 at 1:48 PM

So Palin is a fool? Doesn’t anybody get the message? Hot Air is saying that Palin is a fool.
True_King on April 1, 2009 at 1:40 PM

That’s how I took it regardless of what the actual intention was.

LevStrauss on April 1, 2009 at 1:48 PM

I love the all-Palin motif today!

wildweasel on April 1, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Sounds to me like his lib audience groaned at the last joke. Maybe they’re not quite ready yet. On the other hand, many of us thought Leno became unfunny years ago and turned to the net after the local news.

Christian Conservative on April 1, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Thanks, Jay, for showing a little intestinal fortitude. I hope the trip to Jeffrey Immelt’s office wasn’t too harsh.

kingsjester on April 1, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Heh. Love the ongoing montage of Palin pics, but I’m worried Jimsch62 and Joey will masturbate themselves to death if you keep posting them.

Blacksheep on April 1, 2009 at 1:51 PM

EMD on April 1, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Actually, you don’t even need the mule for that.

Vic on April 1, 2009 at 1:52 PM

I can’t identify the car from the picture, that’s not Sarah Palin in a GM is it? If so, posting that probably just did more to stimulate GM sales than anything the O’ministration could ever hope to do.

BlueCollarAstronaut on April 1, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Jay better look out.

Kos Kids know where he lives.

notagool on April 1, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Gee, Leno, who has an automobile hoarding fetish, makes a connection to GM–get this–an automobile manufacturer. Right up your street, Jay!

Note Leno’s serious face and the fact that he makes the jokes about Biden and Geithner to deflect attention away from Barry.

Christien on April 1, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Blacksheep on April 1, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Dude, I just ate lunch.

Snowed In on April 1, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Leno has been VERY gentley poking fun at the Dems here and there when they have gone so far off the rails that it would seem suspicious to ignore them. He seems to be the only one willing to risk and audience riot for a mild joke.

Oh, and I love the ‘Cuda pix too. Everybody chill. I also think it is just Ed having a little fun at AP’s expense and giving the fellas a little eye candy. Get over it.

Laura in Maryland on April 1, 2009 at 1:56 PM

I’d still like to see a bumper sticker that says ‘JOKE’, where the O is a big Obama 0 and the j k and e are in little text so you can’t tell what it is until you get up close.

BadgerHawk on April 1, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Completely OT but your post reminded me. Is it just me or is anyone else getting tired of the Pepsi marketing campaign. Big bold words intentionally using the letter “O” with their red, white and blue logo. Maybe I am just jaded and reading too much into it and if not, it is way too biased and over the top. Good for me, I dislike Pepsi anyhow.

sherry on April 1, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Completely OT but your post reminded me. Is it just me or is anyone else getting tired of the Pepsi marketing campaign. Big bold words intentionally using the letter “O” with their red, white and blue logo. Maybe I am just jaded and reading too much into it and if not, it is way too biased and over the top. Good for me, I dislike Pepsi anyhow.

sherry on April 1, 2009 at 1:57 PM

always hated Pepsi and it was just another nail….

I am *certain* had McCain pulled it out they’d have backed his motiff right???

sven10077 on April 1, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Obama just announced he’s going to fire Jay and replace him with Conan.

LibTired on April 1, 2009 at 1:59 PM

I am *certain* had McCain pulled it out they’d have backed his motiff right???

sven10077 on April 1, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Beats me…does Pepsi make Ensure?

Snowed In on April 1, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Well we finally have evidence that Los Angeles (Leno) is less socialist than New York (Letterman).

Speedwagon82 on April 1, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Beats me…does Pepsi make Ensure?

Snowed In on April 1, 2009 at 2:00 PM

No but they may make Tuck’s so luckily for them Barry winning allows cross-brand promotion….

sven10077 on April 1, 2009 at 2:03 PM

@ true king — lighten up, francis!

Buckaroo on April 1, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Heh, you beat me to it Buckaroo. That was/is the first thing that comes to mind on TK’s posts lately.

thomasaur on April 1, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Obama just announced he’s going to fire Jay and replace him with Conan.

LibTired on April 1, 2009 at 1:59 PM

“not that the White House wants to run NBC…”

sven10077 on April 1, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Leno finds his funny back bone, at long last.

maverick muse on April 1, 2009 at 1:38 PM

FIFY.

College Prof on April 1, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Tuck’s

sven10077 on April 1, 2009 at 2:06 PM

I watched this last night. I don’t think the audience got the jokes… And they applauded loudly at a snarky poke at Bush… I did too. But I took that as the country is still not feeling the hostility that I feel toward Obama.

Well we finally have evidence that Los Angeles (Leno) is less socialist than New York (Letterman).

Speedwagon82 on April 1, 2009 at 2:02 PM

I also watched some of O’Reilly on Letterman. And Letterman’s audience was so out of touch with reality. Clearly Letterman does no research and has bought every lie that has ever been told by the MSM. It’s sad really.

petunia on April 1, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Methinks the ice is starting to crack!

Farmer_Joe on April 1, 2009 at 2:07 PM

completely off topic: But, Ed those are nice pix of Sarah you’ve got scattered about today.

jeanie on April 1, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Not bad but this is hilarious:

http://crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/colbert-tearily-unveils-his-new-1031

getalife on April 1, 2009 at 2:09 PM

The Palin pics? Double funny because we really dont’ know the intention or the effect. A true master fool maker.

petunia on April 1, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Tuck’s

sven10077 on April 1, 2009 at 2:06 PM

They need to take out a banner ad on the HHS website “how to get through tough economic times” aka “please don’t commit suicide”

sherry on April 1, 2009 at 2:12 PM

[Comment deleted for TOU violation. -- Ed]

SnarkVader on April 1, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Hope Leno decides to make up for lost time–I doubt there will be any lack of material.

varnson on April 1, 2009 at 2:15 PM

SnarkVader on April 1, 2009 at 2:12 PM

You stay classy.

Snowed In on April 1, 2009 at 2:15 PM

‘I’d still like to see a bumper sticker that says ‘JOKE’, where the O is a big Obama 0′
—————-

Actually I saw something similar yesterday. Similar to Bush’s “W” except a big “O” and underneath in smaller letters “sh*t”.

LimaLimaMikeFoxtrot on April 1, 2009 at 2:19 PM

The Tonight Show audience is a pretty good bellwether of what Middle America is thinking.

Of course, with the Guard Dog Media refusing to give the people all of the facts about the Emanuel Administration, it isn’t surprising that people don’t laugh at jokes about Barack Obama. They still think he is the President.

rockmom on April 1, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Leno’s a big car buff, so there’s your inspiration. Notice how the audience laughed at those jokes as if he was telling a dirty racist joke? Lot of oohs, and ohs, like, “darling, did you hear what he said? It was funny, but should we laugh?”

keep the change on April 1, 2009 at 2:21 PM

The new GM CEO has direct orders from the -0- abomination, er, I mean administration to develop a new business plan using Amtrak as the business model.
Yes, Amtrak. You know, that entity that will never turn a profit, is Federally subsidized, and will continue to lose millions in perpetuity?
Yup, welcome to Trainwreck Motors!

http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=2360

Sweet_Thang on April 1, 2009 at 2:23 PM

I’d still like to see a bumper sticker that says ‘JOKE’, where the O is a big Obama 0 and the j k and e are in little text so you can’t tell what it is until you get up close.

BadgerHawk on April 1, 2009 at 1:39 PM

A good idea..but I really don’t want an Obama Zombie getting that close to my car…

BigWyo on April 1, 2009 at 2:24 PM

I also watched some of O’Reilly on Letterman. And Letterman’s audience was so out of touch with reality. Clearly Letterman does no research and has bought every lie that has ever been told by the MSM. It’s sad really.

petunia on April 1, 2009 at 2:07 PM

O’Reilly pretty much manhandled Letterman and the audience last night. I did find it interesting how Letterman never asked any questions about the current administration. Everything was centered around Rush, the GOP, and Bush.

That seems to be the strategy here by the drive-bys and left-wing kooks like Letterman. Focus all the attention on the GOP as if they’re still in power. Especially since even the most extreme leftists can’t defend anything Obama and the Dems are doing right now.

Doughboy on April 1, 2009 at 2:25 PM

“Brother?” Obama? What happened to “Comrade”?

ManUFan on April 1, 2009 at 2:31 PM

I can’t identify the car from the picture, that’s not Sarah Palin in a GM is it?

That would be Sarah in a Chevy Suburban.

howIroll on April 1, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Nice. More please.

CP on April 1, 2009 at 2:33 PM

There’s something really really nice about HA today…..I just can’t put my finger on it

Palin 2012

Grins

husker3000 on April 1, 2009 at 2:35 PM

During his last week at 12:35, Conan made a joke about the Obama appointees’ tax problems. He was booed.

Jim Treacher on April 1, 2009 at 2:56 PM

She looks like she just got caught giving a hummer.

SnarkVader on April 1, 2009 at 2:12 PM

But enough about your mom.

Jim Treacher on April 1, 2009 at 2:58 PM

I’m really surprised by Leno breaching the Wall of Silence by the tv “entertainers”. Haven’t watched those guys for years and years.

On the verge of giving up my last bit of a giggle, watching Craig Fergusen…he’s becoming more and more political even as sweet and funny as he is. Someone, please tell Craig to stop it or at least counter the joke with a shot at Obama and the Democrats. Johnny Carson used to do it this way and at least it was humorous for every one watching instead of becoming political with a constant one-way slant. Craig’s still doing Bush jokes for God’s sake and commenting how stylish Michelle Obama is.

Stupid twits. Shut-up and tell a joke. Keep 100% of your audience instead of slowly bleed your viewship down like the NY Times.

luvstotango on April 1, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Leno tells jokes?

YYZ on April 1, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Wow – did you hear the audience? Clearly they did not approve of Leno poking fun at Obama and the tax evaders.

C’mon. Show me a liberal with a sense of humor. I’ll show you a future conservative.

hawksruleva on April 1, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Leno has usually been the fairest of late night comics. This was a nice bit. Car mechanics and democraps in government a match made in hell.

eaglewingz08 on April 1, 2009 at 3:23 PM

I’m really surprised by Leno breaching the Wall of Silence by the tv “entertainers”. Haven’t watched those guys for years and years.

It actually shouldn’t surprise, though.

I don’t know how much of a leftist Leno is, but he’s definitely a car freak. You react to what you know.

Remember Alec Baldwin coming out against NY taxes b/c of his experience with the the film/tv industry?

The socialist drug addict wants everyone to pay high taxes…until taxes are hiked on drugs. Same thing.

yellow_railroad on April 1, 2009 at 3:24 PM

What do you get when you cross Gheitner with a mule? A tax-evading jackass.

EMD on April 1, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Actually, nothing. Mules are sterile.

But Geithner is a tax-evading jackass all by himself.

Steve Z on April 1, 2009 at 3:29 PM

So Palin is a fool? Doesn’t anybody get the message? Hot Air is saying that Palin is a fool.

True_King on April 1, 2009 at 1:40 PM

I was just joking. Geez.

True_King on April 1, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Remember how comics complained that poking fun at Obama would be tough? Problem solved:

Let’s not go overboard here, Ed… He’s barely giving The One some jazz, and Leno has always been the “fairest” of the bunch anyway… But you’ll notice these jokes are pretty much jabs at the “government”, not the man, the way it was with Bush… and the jokes are so very very mild anyway.

As for complaining that it was too hard to make fun of him… That’s always been bogus and the fact that they aren’t ripping apart this most corrupt, lying POTUS in history is disgraceful.

RightWinged on April 1, 2009 at 3:33 PM

“Those jokes are retarded.”
-Barry 0

hanoverfist on April 1, 2009 at 3:36 PM

SnarkVader on April 1, 2009 at 2:12 PM

POS

hawkdriver on April 1, 2009 at 3:40 PM

@ true king — lighten up, francis!

Buckaroo on April 1, 2009 at 1:44 PM

DON’T call him “Francis.” If any of you queers call him Francis, he’ll kill ya’.

29Victor on April 1, 2009 at 3:42 PM

29Victor on April 1, 2009 at 3:42 PM

And don’t be touching any of his Ron Paul signs or militia stuff. Cuz if you touch his stuff….

He’ll kill ya.

hawkdriver on April 1, 2009 at 3:43 PM

hawkdriver on April 1, 2009 at 3:43 PM

LOL!

29Victor on April 1, 2009 at 3:51 PM

The audience didn’t like the cabinet tax-cheat joke. I’m surprised they didn’t hop the stage and kick the crap outta Jay.

gmoonster on April 1, 2009 at 1:42 PM

It was the one joke that had a lot of truth in it and liberals don’t want to hear the truth.

kthomas8268 on April 1, 2009 at 3:51 PM

I watched Leno last night, and have watched his monologue for several years, usually going to bed before the brain dead guests appear. I was a little surprised myself at the current administration jokes. Leno is probably the most even handed of all the late night crowd, but he still leans way left. He is still making Bush is stupid jokes, and did last night. But to be fair, he is still making Clinton is a horn dog jokes also.

kam582 on April 1, 2009 at 4:13 PM

But to be fair, he is still making Clinton is a horn dog jokes also.

kam582 on April 1, 2009 at 4:13 PM

The liberals wear that indictment of Clinton like a badge of honor though.

hawkdriver on April 1, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Easy for Obama to offer a “government” warrantee on our nickel.

Since all goverenment money is actually ours, that’s the equivalent of us offering ourselves a warrantee and paying for it ourselves. To save time and hassle, we may as well personally negotiate with the mechanic for a good rate, pay for it out of pocket, and eliminate the meddling, inefficient beltway middle men.

marybel on April 1, 2009 at 4:51 PM

He is still making Bush is stupid jokes, and did last night. But to be fair, he is still making Clinton is a horn dog jokes also.

kam582 on April 1, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Problem is, the “horn dog” jokes at least have a basis in reality… Clinton did have an affair. Bush isn’t stupid, that’s just part of the pack of lies liberals repeat to try to influence people. And, slobbering dog that he is, Leno faithfully tells the lie. He also has probably spent more air time on Palin “seeing Russia from her house” than Tina Fey has.

Leno also likes attacking Bristol Palin. When her engagement was cancelled, Leno joked about that for several days. But I guess in his mind that’s what she deserves for being related to a Republican, right?

I usually like Leno’s monologues and the comedy skit that fills out the first half hour. But for the last month or so, my rule has been: the second joke gratuitously attacking Bush or Palin, and I switch channels (if it’s a joke about something they actually said or did, that doesn’t count). Then I email the show, tell them I switched channels to TMZ, and why.

malclave on April 1, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Guess the honeymoon is over now.

What’s with the All Palin All day jazz?

jdsmith0021 on April 1, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Another guy who makes a living reading stuff off of a teleprompter that someone has written.

Brilliant!

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 1, 2009 at 11:47 PM

Are government-backed car warranties anything like (ahem) government-backed mortgages? For this, and a slow-death bankruptcy, future generations will have to owe billions?

How much more (minus the billions in bailout) might it have cost had Congress not meddled and just let GM go bankrupt on its own to begin with? And why fire a multi-million dollar payout exec if you know you’re headed to bankruptcy? Aside from chump change political cache with the peanut gallery, what was the point of that?

I know this is just the first attempt at smacking TOTUS but stop spanking Matthews’ cheap leg thrill and just chomp hard on that jugular already!

orville on April 2, 2009 at 12:56 AM

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