Following a Matt Drudge tweet of some fighting words, "Fallon and Seth Meyers seem to be developing flop sweat," comedian Jimmy Kimmel doubled up on some creative political jokes zinging President Obama. During his ABC opening monologue, Jan. 14, 2014, Jimmy Kimmel brutally flayed Obamacare, and thus Obama, with not one but two painfully funny videos, proving the only thing he shares with Fallon is a first name.
The challenge began with a tweet by Drudge on his Twitter page during the very prime time Golden Globe Awards ceremony when Matt complained, "No Obama jokes at Globes? No politics suddenly for Fey and company. With country utterly split, we at least know Hollywood remains united." Then Matt lumped a whole genre of new comedians together, adding, "Disturbing truth in ballroom: The new generation comics are not really that funny. Fallon and Seth Meyers seem to be developing flop sweat."
Apparently, fair is still fair in comedy and politics. Happy to recognize Kimmel, on Jan.15, 2014, Matt responded with this link to the videos even though Matt had earlier made it clear he was yearning for some prime-time Obama jabs.
Kimmel, who certainly qualifies as a "new generation comic," first recounted the problems of the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He described the technical glitches with the Healthcare.gov website and stressed the impact of news that not enough young and healthy Americans are signing up for coverage.
In his opening monologue, as if he were a professor of Obamacare 101, Kimmel painstakingly explained:
The way insurance works is you need all the young healthy people to pay for insurance and not use it until they get old and unhealthy. And so far, only a quarter of the 2.2 million people who signed up are between 18 to 34, 24 percent. The White House was hoping for closer to 38 percent. Why they would hope that, I don't know. They expect young people to buy insurance at the same time the PlayStation 4 comes out? You know, if you want young people to sign up, maybe you shouldn’t have made the law so that you can stay on your parents’ plan until you turn 26. What kid is going to say, 'You know, no thanks, mom and dad, I've got the premiums covered actually?”
Then came the videos, satirical ads for the ACA, featuring Alex and Martha, who are approaching the big "6-0." In the first video, the couple ridicules young people in this country as uninformed dolts who have ignorantly supported something that clearly doesn't benefit them. The second video takes on government waste, specifically "penis pumps."
There is no doubt that Kimmel savaged Obamacare; however, Drudge may consider examples of Fallon Obama jokes as gentle humor, lacking a creative edge. Fallon once dropped this little election ditty, "The White House announced that the theme for President Obama's inauguration will be 'Faith in America's Future.' Which is proof that no one in the White House has ever seen "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."