How to Frisk A Pretzel

President Bush's fainting episode, caused by a pretzel, appeared to have little medical significance. But it was a major event for at least one constituency: late-night talk-show hosts. Here, at last, was a terrorism-free gaffe they could make fun of--which they did, endlessly. The Tonight Show's Jay Leno, who joked about Bush's deciding "which game he's going to pass out watching," tells TIME the mishap was "a gem" because it didn't require "mocking his ability to govern...but was just a light human foible." Indeed, Bush got relatively gentle treatment: most of the jokes were at the expense of others, like Dick...

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