Video: Fallon pokes fun at Obama with … Sarah Palin?

posted at 10:01 am on April 3, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Maybe Jimmy Fallon really does want to follow Jay Leno’s tradition of full-political-spectrum comedy. Earlier this week, Fallon ripped Barack Obama for his victory lap on ObamaCare, and last night he invited Sarah Palin to join him in this four-minute mockfest of Obama’s foreign-policy acumen. Palin is a good sport here, joking about the unusual names of her children at one point, but the subtext throughout this is that Palin was smart enough to see through Vladimir Putin — and Obama wasn’t. Watch for a cameo from “Obama” near the end (via Katie Pavlich):

Of course, as with all things Palin, her Tonight Show appearance sparked passion on line … especially from her detractors. Twitchy cataloged some of the worst of the social-media remarks, where full-political-spectrum comedy gets less than full-spectrum appreciation. Here are a couple of the cleaner comments:

And so on. The most interesting aspect of this for me is what it promises from Fallon and the new Tonight Show perspective. Even if the segment sags a bit in the middle, committing a whole segment to having Palin make fun of Obama is remarkable … especially for NBC.


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Bmore on April 3, 2014 at 4:20 PM

mmy Fallon just showcased the idiot Sarah Palin AND flogged her TV show. PISSES ME OFF. #FallonTonight #SoDisappointed

— Jill Kuraitis (@JillKuraitis) April 3, 2014

Is that this idiot’s name, or is she advertising her disease?

NOMOBO on April 3, 2014 at 4:21 PM

I respect her opinions and want her to continue to speak out but I absolutely cannot support her for any office.

eski502 on April 3, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Fair enough. So don’t.

(shrugs)

However, she has the right to run should she choose to do so. I don’t know if she will or won’t. If she does, I’m sure there will be… opportunities… for her to explain (again) why she resigned the governorship.

If her explanation is unconvincing, that will damage her chances of winning, & others will move up in the line for the nomination/ office.

Meanwhile- I enjoyed this skit!

cs89 on April 3, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Seriously . . . when did Dems become such paranoid, lying, small-minded, mean-spirited people. Is it because they’re afraid their “vision” of a utopian America is going up in smoke and they are bitter-clingers to an unworkable ideal?

I’ll bet the Roosevelts, JFK, J.P. Altgeld, Johnson, to name a few, are all rolling over in their graves.

EdmundBurke247 on April 3, 2014 at 4:51 PM

I’m not sure why “conservative” women have issue with her. I’d suspect that they haven’t thought about it, are either insecure or not really conservatives.

kim roy on April 3, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Palin’s become sort of a touchstone. I deeply suspect the ideological moorings of self-professed conservatives who just despise the woman and who never really criticize ANYthing she has to say on the merits of her arguments or statements themselves, beyond quibbling over grammar. I can give you pretty specific policy reasons that I don’t like this or that political figure, and it never has to do with the way they speak or the style of their hair. Most of the “conservatives” who regularly lambast her can do nothing but refer to “quitting” or “she’s only in it for the money” (many of whom spent the past few years pimping an ultra-rich political über-loser). You wonder what Palin could do to satisfy these “Reason.com”-type “conservatives”. Drop dead, maybe. Anyway, I have no interest in being on the same “team” with such bogus “conservatives”.

The only reason Palin isn’t President by now, is because…

Moesart on April 3, 2014 at 1:19 PM

…she’s not a Democrat. The Dem party isn’t full of ideological phonies like you. If they had someone in their ranks with Palin’s charisma and ability to connect with voters, she would indeed either be president now or well on her way to being president in the near future.

ddrintn on April 3, 2014 at 4:51 PM

I respect her opinions and want her to continue to speak out but I absolutely cannot support her for any office.

eski502 on April 3, 2014 at 1:46 PM

But you’d vote for Romney again, no doubt.

ddrintn on April 3, 2014 at 4:52 PM

It got The Tonight Show, with Jay Leno, some attention.
Buzz, even.
So it was a success!
(not to mention it was funny, too.)

ReggieA on April 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM

portlandon on April 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM

I am another Conservative woman who loves Palin. We are out there.

melle1228 on April 3, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Yes, we are…..count me in too.

tencole on April 3, 2014 at 12:34 PM

And count me in. A bunch of us women out there who are not afraid of another woman beauty and power. 3 of us here today – that’s refreshing :-) Can you imagine her as president? I sure would be proud of my country..again. And the world would respect us again with our beautiful and strong Mamma Grizzly at the wheel. What a dream.

American Dream 246 on April 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM

I refused to watch that scumbag after what he did to Michele Bachmann.

And I’m not really a fan of Bachmann, but what he did was a scumbag move.

She is cute, though. Even though her husband looks like Captain Kangaroo.

Who is epic.

I mean, Bunny Rabbit and Mr. Moose. How can you go wrong with Mr. Moose?

thejackal on April 3, 2014 at 5:18 PM

I refused to watch that scumbag after what he did to Michele Bachmann.

And I’m not really a fan of Bachmann, but what he did was a scumbag move.

She is cute, though. Even though her husband looks like Captain Kangaroo.

Who is epic.

I mean, Bunny Rabbit and Mr. Moose. How can you go wrong with Mr. Moose?

thejackal on April 3, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Yep; haven’t watched him since.

slickwillie2001 on April 3, 2014 at 5:43 PM

You’re welcome.

Because most of the vitriol spewed at her starts from her looks, from her being a beauty pageant contestant and grow from there. Her attractiveness hurts her amongst women voters. As a man, I’ve seen women’s reaction to Palin sour, as their husbands make comments about her being “Hot” or “Librarian Hot” over the years.

portlandon on April 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Yep. A generalization certainly, no one believes that 100% of women feel this way, but too many do.

slickwillie2001 on April 3, 2014 at 5:50 PM

I mentioned in the pot thread last not that I was watching this and hoped someone would blog it today. Thanks Ed for coming through…

OmahaConservative on April 3, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Can you imagine her as president? I sure would be proud of my country..again. And the world would respect us again with our beautiful and strong Mamma Grizzly at the wheel. What a dream.

American Dream 246 on April 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Mine too. With her proven executive abilities (bringing together a top-notch conservative team under her to work with – and I mean really work) she would I believe really get things done for America’s benefit both at home and abroad — unlike the lying spendthrift slacker we suffer from in the White House now. I think also her great appearance and charisma (cloaking a stout and steely America-first stance) would be a definite asset when dealing with all parties domestic and foreign. If only given a chance, I truly believe she has the makings of a uniquely great commander in chief.

otlset on April 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM

I stand corrected.

If Barack HUSSEIN Obama can play president for 8 years, then anyone can. Or than. Whatever.

I now fully support Sarah Palin for President of the United States.

Oh, and yeah, I accept Jesus as my personal savior and whatever.

Whoop.

/

But I stand my ground on Mr. Moose!!!

And Bunny Rabbit.

thejackal on April 3, 2014 at 6:19 PM

As an American female citizen I have always liked and respected Sarah Palin. I agree with offset – this country would be on an upward path should Sarah Palin ever be elected President or Vice President. I was fortunate to hear her speak in Madison Wisconsin and to see her put up with the liberal hecklers while speaking outside the state capital made me realize she is one strong woman. She has figured out way ahead of the Republican establishment that conservatives are going to have to battle the liberal bias of our media on the liberal platform. If that is on a late night talk show good for her. I do admit I don’t like seeing Presidents on late night talk shows as that is beneath the respect of the position.

traditionalgal on April 3, 2014 at 6:32 PM

traditionalgal – Palin has figured out that this is the direction the country is headed (thanks Barack.) If you can’t/won’t engage at the social media/entertainment level, you can’t get your message out to the low information voters.

The official Fallon YouTube video of her on the Tonight Show now has over 650,000 views with an overwhelming positive comment rate…unheard of for a Republican. Actually, it’s a hit for Fallon against his best stuff to date.

debg on April 3, 2014 at 7:06 PM

That was not bad. Not good necessarily. but as far as political humor goes in the Era of the gay Tsar Obama, not bad.

Murphy9 on April 3, 2014 at 8:55 PM

I remember similar outrage when SNL had Palin on with Alec Baldwin. Apparently, political comedy is only funny if it is politically correct. *yawn*

gengwall on April 3, 2014 at 9:32 PM

debg on April 3, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Bingo! Unshackled from the loser mcshame campaign, Sarah shows she knows how to put herself in skits that show her in the best light.

you betcha!

renalin on April 3, 2014 at 10:18 PM

ddrintn on April 3, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Palin looked good, and even better tonight on Hannity. I have bashed her quite a bit for quitting her governor job, because that was the key to her viability.

But look, she has to run first before any of us can vote for or against her. It’s been a hypothetical up to now.

cimbri on April 3, 2014 at 10:27 PM

The Tonight Show must have more power behind it that even I can imagine. Seems every news outlet feels obligated to support the new host starting with Leno and now Fallon. Kickbacks? The social media beehive? What is it exactly?

In my view, Carson ruled and Leno and Fallon can’t hold a candle to him.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 3, 2014 at 11:07 PM

In my view, Carson ruled and Leno and Fallon can’t hold a candle to him.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 3, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Not to get all blasphemous or anything, but Carson was the God of late night. NOBODY held a candle next to him.

Answer: A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and thou.

Question: Name three things with yeast.

Over 30 years later, I’m still rolling on the floor.

thejackal on April 4, 2014 at 1:11 AM

Meow

Bmore on April 3, 2014 at 4:20 PM

420!

Meow on April 4, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Palin looked good, and even better tonight on Hannity. I have bashed her quite a bit for quitting her governor job, because that was the key to her viability.

But look, she has to run first before any of us can vote for or against her. It’s been a hypothetical up to now.

cimbri on April 3, 2014 at 10:27 PM

You are a regular ******* genius.

Murphy9 on April 4, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Voted for Palin before, despite her running mate.
Would vote for her again in a heart-beat.

AesopFan on April 4, 2014 at 8:39 PM

I’ve been watching my DVD copy of Rocky & Bullwinkle and Friends.

Hoo-Boy Booby!

God, but June Fornay is a gift to this planet.

thejackal on April 5, 2014 at 8:53 AM

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