It's said that to work, humor must contain a kernel of truth. No wonder David Letterman's effort to wring humor out of the shoe-throwing incident fell so flat. The Late Show host joked that Muntadhar al-Zeidi had been offered a show on . . . Fox News. Letterman was playing off the report that al-Zeidi is reported to be hot-tempered and possess poor journalistic skills.
How lame was Letterman? After airing the "joke" on Morning Joe today, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist gave it a double thumbs-down.
View video here.
DAVID LETTERMAN: How about that guy who heaved his shoes at the president? Turns out this guy was described as a hothead, he's a hothead. And he's a guy, an Iraqi journalist, and they say he's a hothead with poor, poor journalistic. Hothead. Poor journalistic skills. Well, no surprise, today he was offered his own show on Fox News.
Back in the Morning Joe studio, Mika and Willie wanted their two-drink minimum refunded.
WILLIE GEIST: Eh-h-h-h.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Oh, come on.
WILLIE GEIST: Long way to go for that one.
Our readers can surely imagine much more appropriate gigs for the Hush Puppy Hurler . . .