Video from Ian Schwartz. Transcript of the announcement here.
JAY LENO: I’ve got to ask you something. You were here in June. You said then you were testing the water. You’ve been in the water for a while now. Are you starting to get a little wrinkly? (Laughter.)
FRED THOMPSON: These wrinkles don’t come from the water. (Laughter.)
JAY LENO: They don’t come from the water. All right. What’s the temperature? Is it tepid? What does the water tell you.
FRED THOMPSON: Nice and warm.
JAY LENO: Nice and warm?
FRED THOMPSON: It hasn’t been that long really. We’ve done it a few months, where a lot of people have been working on it since they were in the choir in high school. So we’re where we need to be right now, and that’s one of the things I wanted to talk to you about. I’m running for President of the United States.
JAY LENO: All right. (Applause.)
FRED THOMPSON: Thank you.
Now compare this with the prattlings of Senator Chuck Schumer, as he speaks about the Troop Surge in Iraq. See the difference between am American Statesman and a party hack? Sad, isn't it? And Schumer says he "supports" the American Troops! Riiiight!
Thanks Sister Toldjah!