John Oliver doesn’t care who runs for president: ‘All of them would be, tragically, good for comedy’
Last Week Tonight host John Oliver refused to name someone he’d like to see run for the presidency, suggesting that no prospective candidate gave him reason for optimism, the Huffington Post reported.
“I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care,” he told reporters after the “Concert for Valor” event in Washington D.C. on Tuesday. “I don’t know, but all of them would be, tragically, good for comedy for obvious reasons. I really don’t care. I don’t care. I’ll say it again, I don’t care. They’d all be good for comedy which is sad.”
Oliver was one of the hosts for the event, which honored U.S. military veterans. His wife, Kate Norley, is a veteran herself, having served as an Army medic in Iraq. Oliver has also performed for service members in Afghanistan as part of a USO tour.
“If you fought a war, you can take a joke,” Oliver told the Post. “It was amazing doing gigs in Afghanistan and they just want you to come over and just make fun of them. And that is literally the only skill set I arguably have.”
The Hill reported that Oliver also criticized the Department of Veterans Affairs, calling it “a bureaucratic nightmare” at the best of times.
“The Veterans Administration is key because it is such a mess. So I think that has to be resolved,” he said. “I don’t think, again, the civilian population understand how bad it is.”