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The Rock Says, ‘We’ll See’
The actor Dwayne Johnson recently told a GQ reporter that there was “a real possibility” he would run for president. On “The Tonight Show” on Thursday, Mr. Johnson, known as The Rock, wasn’t the least bit coy about it when he spoke to Jimmy Fallon.
JOHNSON: A real national poll that brought together Republicans and Democrats in saying that I would beat Donald Trump if we had an election today —
JOHNSON: — to become president. And I’ve been really been blown away. And it’s so flattering. And I think you have to question why. I think it’s because, you know, a lot of people want to see a different leadership today — I’m sorry, not different, but better leadership today, right? A better leadership. I think more poised, less noise. And I also think that over the years I’ve become a guy that a lot of people kind of relate to: get up early in the morning at a ridiculous hour, go to work and spend time with the troops, take care of my family. I love taking care of people. And I think that kind of thing really resonates with people, especially today. I love coming here to “The Tonight Show” crowd.
FALLON: We love you.
JOHNSON: I mean, really, I’ve been blown away. And I’m very flattered by it. Three and a half years is a long ways away. So we’ll see.
After President Trump, could the country be ready to put another professional entertainer in the White House?
Back to Twitter
In his monologue, Mr. Fallon noted that President Trump was back to expressing his views on Twitter.
“Trump started tweeting again. Today he criticized the Russia investigation, saying, ‘This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.’ Then one guy was like, ‘Uh, do you still want to see my birth certificate?’” — JIMMY FALLON
Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show” was so inspired, he made up a presidential nursery rhyme. He quoted from a CNBC report:
“Did you hear what that guy said? ‘The president is awake and he seems angry.’ Trump being awake is breaking news? That sounds less like a president and more like we’re being ruled by the giant from ‘Jack and the Bean Stalk.’ ‘He’s awake and he’s angry’?
“‘Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the counsel of a special one. Be he alive or be he dead, I grind his bones to make my skin red!’” — TREVOR NOAH
Seth Meyers said on “Late Night” that in the Trump era, time seems to be moving at a scandalously fast pace.
“This isn’t Watergate. It’s the Watergate Express. In the Trump era, every hour feels like a month. In fact, time now works for us the way crowd sizes work for Trump. A few thousand can seem like 1.5 million hours.” — SETH MEYERS
The Punchiest Punchlines (‘Bachelorette’ Edition)
“During a press conference this afternoon, President Trump said that his administration is getting things done at a record-setting pace. For example, most presidents take four years to finish a term, and it looks like Trump’s gonna get it done in, like, eight months.” — SETH MEYERS
“The new season of ‘The Bachelorette’ kicks off on Monday. ABC says it has the most diverse cast in franchise history — so finally America gets to see the most embarrassing people of all ethnicities.” — JIMMY FALLON
The Bits Worth Watching
“This is the highest-rated police chase ever.”
These answers may surprise you. (They definitely surprised Mr. Johnson and Mr. Fallon.)
Jimmy Kimmel imagined what might have happened at Mr. Trump’s closed-door meeting with reporters.
Enjoy the Weekend
There’s no telling what juicy material late night will have to work with by the time Monday night rolls in. Whatever it is, we’ll be back on Tuesday morning to recap it for you.
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