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2011 State of the Union salute to Johnny Carson

As I posted earlier, since the economic downturn, it’s been a tradition of mine to make 25 Johnny Carson esque “How Bad Is It?” jokes on Twitter before the State of the Union.

Every President usually begins with “My fellow Americans, the State of the Union is strong.”

But it isn’t strong. It’s bad. And Johnny’s Tonight Show audience would have shouted, “How Bad Is It?” —before Johnny would have rattled off a bunch of puns and one liners, often using topical headlines of the day.

My God, I miss Johnny Carson.

And so, in opposite order, here are the 25 I rattled off this year, for my now annual tradition in honor of the great Johnny Carson:

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My fellow Americans, the #StateOfTheUnion is so dreadful that it stinks like patchouli and listens to Dub-Step.

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(for my fellow comic book nerds)</div>     </div><br /></div></div></div><div media="true" type="tweet"><div name="MichaelSalamone">      <div>       <img src="http://a1.twimg.com/profile_images/1163462652/653-653201-1269474589-l_normal.jpg" alt="Michael Salamone" width="48" height="48"/></div>   <div>     <div>       <span>   <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/MichaelSalamone"><br /></a><span></span> <div><a href="http://twitter.com/#" title="You are foo">Hello undefined</a></div></span>       <div>         <div>   <span>           <div>       <span></span>       </div>   </span> </div>       </div>     </div>     <div>       <div>My fellow Americans, the <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23StateOfTheUnion" title="#StateOfTheUnion" rel="nofollow">#StateOfTheUnion</a> is bankrupt, but like our own corporations, the Chinese seem to think we're too big to fail.</div>     </div><br /></div></div></div><div media="true" type="tweet"><div name="MichaelSalamone">      <div>       <img 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undefined</a></div></span>       <div>         <div>   <span>           <div>       <span></span>       </div>   </span> </div>       </div>     </div>     <div>       <div>My fellow Americans, the <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23StateOfTheUnion" title="#StateOfTheUnion" rel="nofollow">#StateOfTheUnion</a> is so diminished that it could be photographed from within Brett Favre's pants.</div>     </div><br /></div></div></div><div media="true" type="tweet"><div name="MichaelSalamone">      <div>       <img src="http://a1.twimg.com/profile_images/1163462652/653-653201-1269474589-l_normal.jpg" alt="Michael Salamone" width="48" height="48"/></div>   <div>     <div>       <span>   <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/MichaelSalamone"><br /></a><span></span> <div><a href="http://twitter.com/#" title="You are foo">Hello undefined</a></div></span>       <div>         <div>   <span>           <div>       <span></span>       </div>   </span> </div>       </div>     </div>     <div>       <div>My fellow Americans, the <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23StateOfTheUnion" title="#StateOfTheUnion" rel="nofollow">#StateOfTheUnion</a> is so polluted that you'd think we're a nation of smoking babies from India.</div>     </div><br /></div></div></div><div media="true" type="tweet"><div name="MichaelSalamone">      <div>       <img src="http://a1.twimg.com/profile_images/1163462652/653-653201-1269474589-l_normal.jpg" alt="Michael Salamone" width="48" height="48"/></div>   <div>     <div>       <span>   <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/MichaelSalamone"><br /></a><span></span> <div><a href="http://twitter.com/#" title="You are foo">Hello undefined</a></div></span>       <div>         <div>   <span>           <div>       <span></span>       </div>   </span> </div>       </div>     </div>     <div>       <div>My fellow Americans, the <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23StateOfTheUnion" title="#StateOfTheUnion" rel="nofollow">#StateOfTheUnion</a> is so battered, you'd think that it's been dating Chris Brown.</div>     </div><br /></div></div></div><div media="true" type="tweet"><div name="MichaelSalamone">      <div>       <img src="http://a1.twimg.com/profile_images/1163462652/653-653201-1269474589-l_normal.jpg" alt="Michael Salamone" width="48" height="48"/></div>   <div>     <div>       <span>   <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/MichaelSalamone"><br /></a><span></span> <div><a href="http://twitter.com/#" title="You are foo">Hello undefined</a></div></span>       <div>         <div>   <span>           <div>       <span></span>       </div>   </span> </div>       </div>     </div>     <div>       <div>My fellow Americans, the <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23StateOfTheUnion" title="#StateOfTheUnion" rel="nofollow">#StateOfTheUnion</a> is so jittery, it's like drinking a Trente sized coffee from Starbucks.</div>     </div><br /></div></div></div><div media="true" type="tweet"><div name="MichaelSalamone">      <div>       <img 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undefined</a></div></span>       <div>         <div>   <span>           <div>       <span></span>       </div>   </span> </div>       </div>     </div>     <div>       <div>My fellow Americans, the <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23StateOfTheUnion" title="#StateOfTheUnion" rel="nofollow">#StateOfTheUnion</a> is so far off-line that one would think that it's being run by the servers at Tumblr.</div>     </div><br /></div></div></div><div media="true" type="tweet"><div name="MichaelSalamone">      <div>       <img src="http://a1.twimg.com/profile_images/1163462652/653-653201-1269474589-l_normal.jpg" alt="Michael Salamone" width="48" height="48"/></div>   <div>     <div>       <span>   <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/MichaelSalamone"><br /></a><span></span> <div><a href="http://twitter.com/#" title="You are foo">Hello undefined</a></div></span>       <div>         <div>   <span>           <div>       <span></span>       </div>   </span> </div>       </div>     </div>     <div>       <div>My fellow Americans, the <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23StateOfTheUnion" title="#StateOfTheUnion" rel="nofollow">#StateOfTheUnion</a> is so busted that you may as well start calling it Snookie.</div>     </div><br /></div></div></div><div media="true" type="tweet"><div name="MichaelSalamone">      <div>       <img src="http://a1.twimg.com/profile_images/1163462652/653-653201-1269474589-l_normal.jpg" alt="Michael Salamone" width="48" height="48"/></div>   <div>     <div>       <span>   <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/MichaelSalamone"><br /></a><span></span> <div><a href="http://twitter.com/#" title="You are foo">Hello undefined</a></div></span>       <div>         <div>   <span>           <div>       <span></span>       </div>   </span> </div>       </div>     </div>     <div>       <div>My fellow Americans, the <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23StateOfTheUnion" title="#StateOfTheUnion" rel="nofollow">#StateOfTheUnion</a> is so fucked up that they 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form="true"><br /></span></a></div></div></div></div><div media="true" type="tweet"><div name="MichaelSalamone">      <div>       <img src="http://a1.twimg.com/profile_images/1163462652/653-653201-1269474589-l_normal.jpg" alt="Michael Salamone" width="48" height="48"/></div>   <div>     <div>       <span>   <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/MichaelSalamone"><br /></a><span></span> <div><a href="http://twitter.com/#" title="You are foo">Hello undefined</a></div></span>       <div>         <div>   <span>           <div>       <span></span>       </div>   </span> </div>       </div>     </div>     <div>       <div>My fellow Americans, the <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23StateOfTheUnion" title="#StateOfTheUnion" rel="nofollow">#StateOfTheUnion</a> is so vulgar, that it won't be asked back to host the Golden Globes again next year.</div>     </div>     <div>       <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/MichaelSalamone/status/29902739647496192" title="7:05 AM Jan 25th"><span></span><span time="1295964343000" form="true"><br /></span></a></div></div></div></div><div media="true" type="tweet"><div name="MichaelSalamone">      <div>       <img src="http://a1.twimg.com/profile_images/1163462652/653-653201-1269474589-l_normal.jpg" alt="Michael Salamone" width="48" height="48"/></div>   <div>     <div>       <span>   <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/MichaelSalamone"><br /></a><span></span> <div><a href="http://twitter.com/#" title="You are foo">Hello undefined</a></div></span>       <div>         <div>   <span>           <div>       <span></span>       </div>   </span> </div>       </div>     </div>     <div>       <div>My fellow Americans, the <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23StateOfTheUnion" title="#StateOfTheUnion" rel="nofollow">#StateOfTheUnion</a> is so tanked, that it could be confused with a golden-voiced drifter.</div>     </div><br /></div></div></div><div>       <img src="http://a1.twimg.com/profile_images/1163462652/653-653201-1269474589-l_normal.jpg" alt="Michael Salamone" width="48" height="48"/></div>        <div>       <span>   <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/MichaelSalamone"><br /></a><span></span> <div><a href="http://twitter.com/#" title="You are foo">Hello undefined</a></div></span>       <div>         <div>   <span>           <div>       <span></span>       </div>   </span> </div>       </div>     </div>     <div>       <div>My fellow Americans, the <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23StateOfTheUnion" title="#StateOfTheUnion" rel="nofollow">#StateOfTheUnion</a> is so criminal, it's sharing a cell with Bernie Madoff.<br /><br />------------<br /><br />May God bless America.<br /></div></div>

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