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Late-night laughs

Bush
Travolta

Jay Leno

“Happy birthday to President Obama! He turned 52. … You can see he is getting a little grayer. In fact, they are starting to call him ‘The Silver Fox.’ That’s because most of the silver in his hair was caused by Fox.”

“All our best to former President George W. Bush, who is recovering from successful heart surgery. All day the media have been sending get-well wishes. Fox News sent flowers. MSNBC sent a steak and cheese fries.”

“I guess you all heard about this terrorist threat the president warned us about. One of the reasons al-Qaida is upset with the United States is because we are giving aid to Yemen. We didn’t have a choice. When life hands you Yemen, you give them Yemen aid.”

Conan O’Brien

“Photos of the royal baby’s birth certificate have surfaced. Kate’s occupation on the document is listed as ‘princess.’ It’s always inspiring to me when a new mother decides to remain in the workplace.”

“Michelle Obama’s new initiative is to fight obesity through hip-hop. She hopes it goes better than the previous initiative – fighting marijuana use through reggae.”

Jimmy Fallon

“The Boston Globe newspaper has been sold for $70 million, even though 20 years ago it went for $1.1 billion. I couldn’t believe that story when I saw it for free on the Internet.”

“Yesterday, Obama met with the prime minister of Greece at the White House. When he heard the leader of Greece was there, Biden said, ‘John Travolta’s here?’ ”

“The New York City Department of Education says that only 26 percent of the city’s students passed the English portion on a recent standardized test. But on the bright side, they’re too bad at math to realize how bad that is.”

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