NEW YORK (AP) - Osama bin Laden’s death not only dominated the news Monday, but also fueled a wealth of comic relief, punch lines and unapologetic crowing from TV’s late-night hosts.
And on CBS’ “Late Late Show,” host Craig Ferguson gave extra oomph to his trademark pronouncement, “It’s a great day for America, everybody!”
“I’m as giddy as a schoolgirl who just shot bin Laden in the eye,” glowed Stephen Colbert on “The Colbert Report,” adding, “I hope I am never again this happy over someone’s death.”
Colbert’s fellow Comedy Central host, Jon Stewart, was no less effusive on “The Daily Show.”
“I suppose,” he allowed, “I should be expressing some ambivalence about the targeted killing of another human being. And yet _ uhhhh, no!”
Instead, Stewart said, he wanted details. Like, what was the look on bin Laden’s face when he realized “the helicopters overhead were not giving traffic and weather updates?”
Letterman’s Top Ten, “fresh from the State Department,” purported to list bin Laden’s final words, which might have been “I’m not sure I want to live in a world where ‘Fast Five’ is the No. 1 movie,” or maybe, “I need a house full of Navy SEALs like I need a hole in the head.”
The jokes _ and there were many _ were focused on a handful of basic themes. Like the courageous Navy SEALs who took bin Laden out.
According to O'Brien, “When he heard about it, former President Bush was furious and said, ‘Wait a minute _ I could have used seals?!’”
“How about those Navy SEALs?” marveled Letterman. “They jump out of a helicopter and they break into the compound, and they fire a warning shot into his head.”