What does Mitt Romney have in common with the late great Mr. Rogers? Aside from a neatly combed coif of salt-and-pepper hair, not much – or so Jimmy Fallon would have us believe.
On Tuesday’s “Late Night,” Fallon unveiled his latest election spoof, a timely take on Romney’s promise to defund PBS. In the sketch, Fallon reimagined the beloved children's show “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood” as hosted by the Republican candidate, right down to the smallest detail: Instead of putting on a cozy cardigan, he puts on another blazer; instead of swapping out his loafers for some slip-ons, he gets a shoe shine. It was an unusually charged skit for Fallon, a comedian who usually takes a light touch when it comes to political satire.
“Hello, neighbor,” Fallon-as-Romney greeted his viewers. “You see this? It’s a wallet. Inside of a wallet, that’s where money goes. Do you know what money is? I’m guessing no, because you’re watching public television.”
Fallon explained that money is paper that can be used to buy things you want “like toys and yachts” and that it comes from “a magical place called our parents.”