Here is How Many Times Did Jay Leno Slam Clinton, Bush or Obama

-By Warner Todd Huston

With Jay Leno ending his 22-year stint as host of NBC’s Tonight Show this week, The Center for Media and Public Affairs took the time to add up how many times he made fun of Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama and found that Clinton came in as the most ribbed Prez.

Bill Clinton rang in with 4,607 Tonight Show jokes making him the most joked about President. This might only make sense as Clinton was always there to make fun of since the first day Leno took over the show. While both Bush and Obama were around less time to serve as targets.

Maybe unsurprisingly, the next most slammed president was George W. Bush at 3,239 jokes. Next came Al Gore at 1,026 pokes with Obama coming in at 1,011. Hillary Clinton brought up fifth place with 939 jokes.

In the press release, Kathryn Davis wrote, “Democrats were the targets of 10,885 jokes, 15 % more than the 9465 jokes directed at Republicans. This reflects the fact that Presidents were usually Leno’s leading targets, and Democrats occupied the White House in 13 of his 22 years as Tonight Show host.”

Wrapping up the top ten, Dick Cheney was sixth at 673, Monica Lewinsky hit 454, Bob Dole at 452, John McCain saw 426, and Mitt Romney came in at 361 Tonight Show jokes.

The Center for Media and Public Affairs also tallied up many other topics such as Leno’s jokes about celebrities, crime, scandals and sports.
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