Jimmy Fallon has delivered his take on Mitt Romney's response to the leaked speech he made about President Obama's supporters. In a sketch of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon", the comedian speaks at "a press conference" to address the Republican presidential candidate's recent comment that 47 percent of Americans don't pay income tax.
He opens his speech with an apology for his hair that makes him seem unfit to be a president. He later admits that his "47 percent" remark, which is "something to the effect of me not caring about 47 percent of the country because they're all basically freeloaders sucking off the teat of the rich," is not elegantly stated.
The late-night talk show host takes a jab at "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo", Kate Middleton's topless photo scandal, Amanda Bynes and the four-judge line-up of "American Idol" in the process. Realizing that he won't get votes from the "47 percent", Fallon's Romney also points out that "the only guaranteed vote I got right now is Nicki Minaj."
Romney sparked a controversy after his speech at a Republican fundraiser was leaked. In the video, the politician said, "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what... There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it."
The former Governor of Massachusetts later held a surprise late-night press to address his statement, but offered no apology.
Barack Obama, meanwhile, was asked about Romney's "47 percent" remark when he stopped by "Late Show with David Letterman" on Tuesday, September 18. "One of the things I've learned as president is you represent the entire country," he stated, "and when I meet Republicans as I'm traveling around the country, they are hard-working, family people who care deeply about this country and my expectation is that if you want to be president, youâ��ve got to work for everybody, not just for some."