Jay Leno or Dave Letterman Commentary On America-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

An article said to be written by comedian and Tonight Show host Jay Leno and reflecting his observation about America and Americans.  Some versions say it’s Leno talking about George Bush.  Newer versions say it’s from CBS’s “Late Show” host David Letterman.

The Truth:

This was not written by either of the late night hosts but by Craig R. Smith and published on WorldNetDaily.com at Thanksgiving, 2006.   It does close with a quote from Leno that someone added and whoever forwarded this left out Craig Smith’s name and thought Leno must have penned it.  

At the end is the Leno quote, “With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, “Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”  Leno said this on The Tonight Show 2005 after a lawsuit was filed to remove references to God from the Pledge of Allegiance.

Someone added Letterman’s name along the way.

updated 10/18/08

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:


“The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some poll
data I found rather hard to believe.  It must be true given the source,

The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the
direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy
with the performance of the president.  In essence 2/3s of the citizenry
just ain’t happy and want a change.

So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, ”What we are so
unhappy about?”

Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day,
7 days a week?  Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in
the summer and heating in the winter?  Could it be that 95.4 percent of
these unhappy folks have a job?  Maybe it is the ability to walk into a
grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than

Darfur has seen in the last year?

Maybe it is the ability to drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic
Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through
each state?   Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we  would
find along the way that can provide temporary shelter? I guess having
thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just
not good enough.  Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency
workers show up and provide services to  help all and even send a helicopter
to take you to the hospital.

Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home.  You may
be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of
trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to
extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family and your belongings.  Or
if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or
prowler intrudes , an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest
will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss.  This all in
the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and
pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90 percent of teenagers own
cell phones and computers.

How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy
that are the envy of everyone in the world?  Maybe that is what has 67
percent of you folks unhappy.

Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has
ever seen.  No wonder the world loves the U.S. ,  yet has a great disdain
for its citizens.  They see us for what  we are.  The most blessed people in
the world who do nothing but complain about what we don’t have , and what we
hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.

I know, I know.  What about the president who took us into war and has no
plan to get us out?  The president who has a measly 31 percent approval
rating?   Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days

9/11?  The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession?
Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for
succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist

The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending
you and me? Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show?
Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn’t take a
look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad?

Think about  it……are you upset at the President because he actually
caused you personal pain OR is it because the “Media” told you he was
failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day.

Make no mistake about it.  The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have
volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom.
There is currently no draft in this country.  They didn’t have to go.

They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ”general”
discharge, an ”other than honorable” discharge or, worst case scenario, a
”dishonorable” discharge after a few days in the brig.

So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of
Americans?  Say what you want but I blame it on the media.  If it bleeds it
leads and they specialize in bad news.  Everybody will watch a car crash
with blood and guts.  How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the
corner?  The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations.
They offer what sells , and when criticized, try to defend their actions by
“justifying” them in one way or another. Just ask why they tried to allow a
murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn’t kill his
wife, but if he did he would have done it this way……Insane!

Stop buying the negativism you are fed everyday by the media. Shut off the
TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird
cage.  Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There is
exponentially more good than bad.

We are among the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God several
times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.”

“With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding,
severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and
with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, “Are we sure this is a
good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”

Jay Leno

Please keep this in circulation and send to everyone in your address book.
There are so many people that need to read this and grasp the truth of it