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I thought it was out of Obama's /\$$. “It's hard to make fun of Obama in general because he’s a cool character." -Jimmy Kimmel

Full disclosure: I am a child of the Johnny Carson era. That means I grew up with the sound of Johnny’s “Tonight Show” monologues in my ears, his sense of humor helping to shape my own.

It also means that when I talk about this, I endure the rolling eyes of anyone too young to remember his era, which ended with a May 1992 farewell.

We now see the end of the Jay Leno era on that show, as the news solidifies that he will be succeeded by Jimmy Fallon early next year.

Fallon, who has followed Leno’s show for...