Wednesday, April 02, 2008

McCain and Letterman Trade Barbs on ‘Late Show’.


It began with Mr. Letterman, in his monologue, making some of his trademark McCain-looks-like-a-cranky-old-man jokes.


“He looks like the guy at the hardware store who makes the keys,’’ he said, according to a transcript provided by CBS. “He looks like the guy who can’t stop talking about how well his tomatoes are doing. He looks like the guy who goes into town for turpentine. He looks like the guy who always has wiry hair growing out of new places. He looks like the guy who points out the spots they missed at the car wash.’’


Then Mr. McCain walked out on stage.


“Hi, Letterman,’’ he said. “You think that stuff’s pretty funny, don’t you?”


Then Mr. McCain unleashed a slew of his own you-look-like-a-guy jokes at Mr. Letterman.“Well, you look like a guy whose laptop would be seized by the authorities,’’ Mr. McCain said. “You look like a guy caught smuggling reptiles in his pants.’’


Mr. Letterman interjected: “Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it.’’

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