In Jerusalem, Jay Leno Jokes About Hostility to Israel of Obama, John Kerry

Jay Leno may be off the air at NBC, but he’s still ribbing Barack Obama. Leno traveled to Israel to entertain at an event where former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg was given the first Genesis Prize by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Politico reported Leno joked about Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry:

Obama has declared the month of May Jewish American Heritage Month. He is calling it an opportunity to renew our ‘unbreakable bond with the nation of Israel,’” Leno said Thursday at an event honoring Michael Bloomberg. “And he knows it’s unbreakable because he’s been trying to break it for the last five years.”

....The former host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” also made a joke at the expense of Secretary of State John Kerry, who recently walked back comments last month in which he said Israel risks becoming an “apartheid state.”

“I’ve been doing my research. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, here in Israel, the most popular boy’s name is Noam. Noam is the most popular boy’s name in the country. The least popular boy’s name? John Kerry,” Leno joked.

In a tribute reel as he signed off NBC, Obama joked, “Jay, you’ve made a whole lot of jokes about me over the years, but do not worry: I’m not upset. On a totally unrelated note, I’ve decided to make you my new ambassador to Antarctica. Hope you got a warm coat, funny man.”

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis