Late Night Humor

By Dan Froomkin
9:35 AM ET, 05/ 6/2009

Stephen Colbert argues that Bush administration officials should publicly explain their torture rationales -- to children.

He proposes something like this: "Kids, Mr. Bunny was a bad, bad bunny. And he had information that President Raccoon needed. So the president got his lawyer squirrels to write a magic letter, which made everything he did perfectly legal. Then, Mr. Bunny was strapped to an inclined bench with a blankie over his nose and mouth, and Willy the Whale squirted water into his face so that Mr. Bunny thought he was drowning. But remember, President Raccoon had a magic letter, so it was not a violation of Common Article III of the Geneva Conventions."

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And Jay Leno, via U.S. News: "The White House announced today that Vice President Joe Biden has laryngitis. They...said that he has a rare strain they hope lasts until 2012."

Leno also said Obama has "promised to 'detect and pursue' American tax evaders, as opposed to his first 100 days, in which he detected and nominated American tax evaders."

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