I’m not sure why the White House would choose Jay Leno, especially given his not so favored status at the moment, but he spoke last night at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. My God, it was pathetic. Even for Jay Leno, it was pathetic. Tepid, unfunny, and not even delivered with Leno’s customary cheery obnoxiousness. A Betty White is old joke? A lawyer joke? Really? His performance was actually embarrassing. The lukewarm reception that even President Obama gave Leno says about all you need to know. It is impossible to be more vanilla than this.
Fortunately, President Obama — who wasn’t exactly on his game, himself — managed to deliver the goods well enough. Maybe asking Leno was intentional; any one seems funny by comparison (and Obama got off a couple of great zingers on Jay).