Letterman: ‘I Don't Make Jokes About Obama Because I Don't Want the FBI Tapping My Phone’

For years, NewsBusters has reported how few comedians dare to tell jokes about President Obama.

On the CBS Late Show Wednesday, host David Letterman humorously addressed this saying, “I don't make jokes about him because I don't want the FBI tapping my phone, my phone. That's why” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

DAVID LETTERMAN: Have you folks been paying attention to what's going on in Washington? Neither have I. It's crazy. In a matter of, like, six weeks, three big scandals, and it looks like President Obama and all his buddies in the White House may go to prison. Finally, some good news for the Romney campaign. Yes! It's about time.

People always say this to me, they say, "Hey, Letterman," they say. "Why don't you make jokes about Obama?" And I say, “All right, I'll tell you why. Good question. Oh, you want to know why? Okay. I don't make jokes about him because I don't want the FBI tapping my phone, my phone. That's why.”

As NewsBusters has noted, Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart has been aggressively going after Obama this week. Jay Leno has been for months.

With the Obama-loving Letterman jumping on the bandwagon, it’s fairly clearly that many in the media feel the current White House resident has finally gone too far.

Let’s see if this late night criticism continues.

Stay tuned.

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.