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What a week! Obama’s private-sector gaffe spawned damage control efforts and jokes galore, Cate Edwards breathed a public sigh of relief -- and Jimmy Fallon took a stab at “Call Me Maybe.” Without further ado, here are 10 of the best quips inspired by the week’s events.
1. Stephen Colbert's Take on the Romneys’ Talented Horse
The Romneys might be on their way to the Olympics, since a horse Ann Romney co-owns came in third in an Olympic qualifying event. Stephen Colbert quipped: “The Romneys’ horse might go to the Olympics. Though one would imagine it’s going to be a long drive to London on top of their station wagon.” Later in the show, Colbert downed a beer while waving a foam finger over a clip of the horse’s dressage performance, a sport also known as “horse ballet” -- something that isn’t exactly relatable to the ordinary Americans with whom Romney’s already struggled to connect.
2. Gretchen Carlson’s Walk-Off
On Thursday’s Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade made a chauvinistic remark that caused Gretchen Carlson to get up and leave the set. “Women are everywhere," he said in response to learning that the U.S. Navy Band started allowing women to join in 1980. "We're letting them play golf and tennis now. It's out of control." This prompted Carlson’s exit. “You know what," she told Kilmeade, "You read the headlines, since men are so great." Instead of apologizing, Kilmeade doubled down saying she left because "she needed a shower."
3. Cate Edwards’ Tweet of Relief
After the government announced it would not retry former Senator John Edwards for campaign corruption, daughter Cate took to Twitter to express her feelings following what had been a long and painful saga for the family. "Big sigh of relief. Ready to move forward with life,” she wrote on Wednesday.
4. The First Lady’s Advice for Romney
While promoting her new book, Michelle Obama responded to a question regarding whether she had advice for Ann Romney as she hits the campaign trail with her husband. The First Lady, known for classiness, responded: “I've learned to let go and enjoy that process. I think people are surprised when I say that I do love campaigning. Because I do. Number one, I love people and I love this country and you get to see that when you're out there in ways that you normally wouldn't. So my advice is -- enjoy it. It's a privilege. And I get the sense that she is.”
5. George Stephanopoulos’s Twitter Welcome
Matt Lauer joined Twitter on Wednesday, quickly racking up more than 80,000 followers. Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos tweeted this welcome to the newcomer: “Hey @MLauer -- welcome to Twitter, last person to 2 million followers buys dinner.”
6. Leno’s Response to Obama’s Oops
After Obama’s gaffe in which he described the private sector as “doing fine,” Jay Leno used his monologue for a joke at the president’s expense. “In a White House press conference earlier today, President Obama was asked about the economy and said the economy is doing fine. In fact, 14 million people were able to watch it while sitting at home because they're unemployed.” Later, he took this related jab: “According to a new book coming out, allegedly President Obama smoked a lot of marijuana while he was in high school. Friends say he did it to escape his troubles. Well, how big of a joint is he smoking now?”
7. A Massachusetts Teacher’s Bluntly Worded Graduation Speech
It’s graduation season all over the country, and a teacher at Wellesley High School in Massachusetts delivered a speech that included a blunt message to students -- and it went viral. “You are not special,” David McCullough Jr. repeated over and over during his time at the podium. But after all the seemingly deflating -- maybe even mean spirited -- remarks came the poignant message: “Exercise free will and creative, independent thought not for the satisfactions they will bring you, but for the good they will do others, the rest of the 6.8 billion -- and those who will follow them. And then you too will discover the great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself. The sweetest joys of life, then, come only with the recognition that you’re not special. Because everyone is.”
8. Nancy Pelosi’s Milestone Message
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is celebrating a milestone this year, 25 years in Congress, and she took to Twitter with a note of sentimentality (plus an historic pic of her swearing in): “Remembering being sworn into Congress 25 yrs ago -- it is an honor to represent #SF & serve my country. pic.twitter.com/oXKiUH3i”
9. Jimmy Fallon’s Fun with “Call Me Maybe”
Jimmy Fallon got in on the ubiquitous trend that has seen a wide array of celebs covering Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen’s number-one song, “Call Me Maybe,” in viral videos -- a meme that even recently included a cameo by the president. Backstage before his show, Fallon, Jepsen, and house band the Roots grabbed some instruments you'd find in an elementary school classroom and performed an even more playful, upbeat version of the track than the original earworm (a feat that seems hardly possible). The vid already has more than 3 million hits on YouTube.
10. Jon Stewart’s Take on the Political Gaffe
The after-effects of a political gaffe once stretched relentlessly long, potentially even resulting in the ruin of careers and campaigns. But now a gaffe can now explode and fizzle over the course of a day, Jon Stewart demonstrated on the Daily Show. “In today’s modern world, an exploding gaffe population forces each individual gaffe to fight desperately for dwindling resources,” he said over clips of Obama’s recent private-sector blunder, and the one Romney made himself in a speech meant to attack the president’s blooper.