Play of the Day: Time to Think About Syria

NBC

With the White House mulling action against Syria this week, late-night comedians took notice at the news. David Letterman mentioned that President Barack Obama could now claim to start wars for other presidents to clean up, while Jay Leno joked about the administration’s quote saying the nation “must be held accountable.” Also, Letterman referenced the newest Batman in speculating on the successor to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Leno also looked toward pop cultural news in his joke about the recent botched printing of the new $100 bills. In using Miley Cyrus’ tongue-wagging, Tonight Show producers put together a nice visual gag.

Leno also continued talking about the National Security Agency’s surveillance program. Wednesday’s monologue continued his fascination with the story that analysts were using NSA technology to spy on ex-spouses and lovers. Leno, however, noted that it’s quite easy to do that with social networking.

New York-based Letterman turned local at the end of his monologue, looking at the story of a ferry crashing on its way to Liberty Island -- the home of the National Park Service’s Statue of Liberty National Monument. Letterman noted that pilot likely didn’t heed notice of “giant statues in the area.”

Fast forward to 2:40 to see the injuries sustained after the ferry crash.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download
  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.