Current Rolling Stone cover star John Oliver appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday to discuss the ideal Valentine’s Day gift – a “thoughtful card” – and the reasons why President Obama needs to stop sharing photos documenting his kitesurfing adventures with billionaire Richard Branson.
The Valentine’s Day-related banter was quick and harmless. “I might not have a wife tomorrow,” Oliver quipped, trading stories with Meyers about keeping their partners’ expectations low around February 14th. “Thoughtful card: That’s tangible affection in written form,” Oliver said. “What gift could compete with that? I would argue none.”
The conversation became more pointed when it turned to President Obama, who has been photographed on vacation in the British Virgin Islands. “This might be controversial, [but] I’m a little sick of seeing photos of President Obama on vacation with Richard Branson,” Oliver said. “Just tone it down with the kitesurfing pictures.”
Oliver acknowledged that the former President deserved a vacation. But, he continued, “America is on fire. I know that people accused him of being out of touch with the American people during his Presidency. I’m not sure he’s ever been more out of touch than he is right now … we’re losing public schools! … You’re fiddling while Rome burns!”
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver returned for its fourth season on HBO on Sunday.