Appearing on Tuesday's Tonight Show, former President George W. Bush got a laugh from the audience with this one-liner: "We've always had such great relations with NBC." Host Jay Leno added to the joke by taking his own shot at the network: "I'm glad one of us has." [Listen to the audio]
The brief exchange was prompted by Leno asking the former commander-in-chief and former First Lady Laura Bush about their daughter, Jenna Bush-Hager, being a correspondent for the Today show: "And Jenna is on the Today show...Is that fun?" Laura Bush replied: "It's fun. It's fun for us. We love to watch her."
At the top of Bush's appearance on the show, he quipped of President Obama now being the target of late-night comics: "Better him than me."
Here is a portion of the exchange aired early on the morning of November 20:
JAY LENO: And Jenna is on the Today show.
LAURA BUSH: Jenna's on the Today show.
LENO: Yeah. Is that fun? Do you-
LAURA BUSH: It's fun. It's fun for us. We love to watch her.
GEORGE W. BUSH: We've always had such great relations with NBC.
LENO: Yeah, there you go.
I'm glad one of us has.