I love this guy…
You know it’s a slow news week when a significant portion of Monday’s news coverage centered around President Obama’s handshake with Cuban president Raul Castro.
Jon Stewart could barely wrap his head around the media’s subsequent fascination with said handshake, as he outline on last night’s “Daily Show.”
“Barack Obama [was] at a funeral celebrating Nelson Mandela, a man whose legacy is that he forgave and embraced his foes and tormentors, and thus inspired his country to a national and democratic rebirth,” Stewart said. “Attending that, Obama had the audacity to greet another world leader with a gesture so meaningless you can train a basset hound to do it.”
He continued: “What the f*ck is wrong with us?”
Plus, some of Stewart’s critics, like Sen. John McCain, have not exactly been without sin when it comes to shaking hands with our past and future enemies.
Check out the clip above for Stewart’s full missive.
Jon Stewart kicked off this week’s “Daily Show” by shedding light on some truly odd reactions that some folks had about the passing of Nelson Mandela — including at least one prominent Republican.
Newt Gingrich and Ted Cruz, to their credit, offered sincere notes of gratitude for the South African leader’s life work on their respective Facebook pages. What they did not expect, however, were the swift and racist reactions they saw from several of their fans. Example: “This clench-first gorilla [sic] warrior does not deserve respect from informed Americans,” one user wrote on Gingrich’s Facebook.
Stewart was hardly surprised by the outpouring of bile. “Of course, that’s why the Internet was invented,” he said. “To say hateful things with greater efficiency, reach and freedom to keep people from finding out how truly disgusting you are in your home. ‘I would never say those things, it was Dr. Awesomeballs69!’”
Racist Facebook fans are one thing, but Stewart could not let an actual Republican leader off the hook so easily. Rick Santorum, appearing on “The O’Reilly Factor,” somehow equated apartheid, South Africa’s former system of segregation that Mandela helped end, to the Affordable Care Act.
“The systemic subjugation of a race of people is different than the establishment of subsidized insurance exchanges,” Stewart helpfully explained before channeling his inner Julie Andrews with a “Sound of Music” parody: “Obamacaaare is not apartheeeeeid!”
Check out the clip above to see Stewart lay into the reactions to Mandela’s death.
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Daily Show host Jon Stewart poked fun at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) warning to Democrats that ending the long-standing abuse of the filibuster by invoking what pundits insist on calling the “nuclear option” would come back to haunt them.
“Mark my words,” Stewart boomed on Thursday. “One day you Democrats will want to be obstructionist a*sholes making a mockery of our system of government. And who’ll be laughing then? Turtle Man.”
Stewart also mocked media coverage of Senate Democrats’ move to have non-Supreme Court nominations and other procedural matters be decided by a simple majority, rather than by having to get at least 60 votes to pass.
“So deciding to allow majority rules to incrementally increase governmental efficiency and presidential appointments is so unthinkably extreme that it’s the ‘nuclear option’?” Stewart asked. “It’s the Hiroshima of voting.”
Watch Stewart’s take on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) going “nuclear,” as posted online on Thursday, below.
Jon Stewart finally took on the Rand Paul plagiarism scandal Thursday night. In a segment labeled “Rand Theft Caught-o,” Stewart tore into Paul for not only getting caught, but for the weak defense he’s tried to offer for it.
Stewart first thought Paul’s Gattaca plagiarism was wrong for a completely different reason: “He’s warning Americans about the role of government by referencing an Ethan Hawke movie!”
He mocked Paul with a graphic of his “latest book”: I, Rand Paul, Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Stewart was also struck by the rather angry way Paul’s responded to this scandal, adding in a whiny voice, “I’ll start my own government where you’re allowed to copy off other people!”
Watch the video below, via Comedy Central:
On Tuesday, Jon Stewart tore into the latest issues with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, most notably the fact that President Obama’s promise that if you liked your insurance before, you could keep it wasn’t entirely true. But, as is often the case, there were even bigger liars to fry.
After rolling clips of Obama contradicting himself on the policy, Stewart pointed out, “So, yes, the president was somewhat dishonest about the promise of his healthcare program, but here’s the weird part, his opponents have been lying like motherf*ckers about its effects.”
The rest of the segment focused on politicians and pundits from the right pulling out all the stops to characterize a legitimate problem as one of the worst tragedies the U.S. has ever seen.
Watch the clip above and let us know if you agree with Jon Stewart’s take.
Jon Stewart picked apart another piece of the messed-up healthcare puzzle on Thursday, calling out the Republican governors of 26 states who refused to expand Medicaid.
Stewart insisted that spite was the only possible excuse for the states’ not taking part in the expansion, which would cost them nothing for the first three years. Is this just another example of “that hit game show sweeping part of the nation, ‘What Do You Hate More: Poverty Or Obama?’”
Watch part one of the segment above and part two below.
As the government shutdown continues, we keep hearing about those moderate Republicans in the House who would vote for a clean continuing resolution, if only Speaker Boehner would allow a vote.
Jon Stewart wonders, however, if there are so many of them, why don’t they force the issue? Watch above as he and Al Madrigal discuss the “bipartisan curious” Republicans who care more about keeping their government paychecks than everyone else getting theirs.
In this short clip from the opening of Tuesday’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart vows to not talk about the shutdown… except for that one little bit about the Republicans saying they aren’t responsible for it.
In a cathartic moment that most of us can appreciate, Stewart calls bullsh*t after rolling a clip of Speaker John Boehner admitting that he had made a deal with Harry Reid that he then broke:
“Look, you think Obamacare’s a big enough threat to this country that you need to shut down the government over it, fine. Own it. Don’t fart and point at the dog.”
Jon Stewart is very sorry. In recent days he’s called Republicans responsible for the government shutdown everything from “morons” to “taint-sniff McGillicuddys.” And that’s just wrong… because he’s clearly been too easy on them.
Now that House GOP members are trying to sell the idea that it was the Democrats who wanted a government shutdown all along, Jon Stewart has realized he has far more verbal arrows in his quiver: like “self-righteous Orwellian zebra-queefs.”
Watch part one of Stewart’s shutdown segment above where he reviews some of the names he’s called Republicans over the last few days, and part two below where he asks John Oliver if Republicans are dumb or if they simply think we are.
Jon Stewart opened Monday’s “Daily Show” by addressing the government shutdown, and placed the blame squarely on the House Republicans for going to great lengths in their one-sided fight against Obamacare, which he mockingly called “The End of America as We Know It for Reasons No One is Able to Clearly Explain.”
“You’re just throwing words together!” he exclaimed in response to a montage of Republicans rattling off their love of the Constitution to show their hatred of Obamacare, and then blasting Obama for failing to compromise. “It’s a f**king law!” he said, pointing out that all three branches of government had thus far upheld the law.
He then compared the Republicans to a losing football team. “Did you see the Giants game on Sunday?” he asked. “They lost 31-7. Do you know what the Giants didn’t say after that game? ‘If you don’t give us 25 more points by midnight on Monday, we will shut down the f**king NFL.’”
But he really drove the point home by invoking one small business owner with a message to the House Republicans about their current situation: