McCain pops on Leno to let us all know he was a POW, and that is why he can not count his houses:
In that vein, McCain joked that he might make big news if he picked a running mate with no particular partisan leanings, no clear political principles and who “may need a job about that time.” The audience cracked up when they realized McCain was talking about Leno.
“I can make more doing a week in Vegas,” Leno joked.
McCain noted that the “house is nice,” a reference to the White House.
“You’ve got enough of those,” Leno cracked. “You need a white one, too.” Later, he asked McCain: “For $1 million, how many houses do you have?”
At that, McCain got serious, saying he had been imprisoned for five-and-a-half years during the Vietnam war, and that “I didn’t have a house. I didn’t have a kitchen table. I didn’t have a table.” He also praised his late father-in-law — the source of his wife’s wealth — as a man who came from nothing to be successful.
At what point does this become a joke in the larger culture, rather than just the blogospheric subculture?