Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Jon Stewart on the Obama "Gaffe"



The opening segment of last night's "Daily Show" was a brilliantly hilarious summary of the furor created by Barack Obama's comments about the "bitter" Pennsylvanians who turn to guns and religion in their angst.

Stewart covers the media's response to Obama's comments, and Hillary's sudden love of firearms, as well as showing some cute clips of her drinking at a bar somewhere in the depths of Pennsylvania. (She actually seemed to be having a genuinely good time with the bar's patrons, I must admit).

Whether or not you thought Obama's words were "ill-chosen" or condescending, Jon Stewart did a great job of showing the media deluge of commentary about Obama seeming "elitist" by saying what he said.

I particularly liked Stewart's comments toward the end of this clip:

"Doesn't elite mean 'good'? Is that not something we're looking for in a President anymore?"

and, to the candidates:

"If you don't actually think you're better than us, then what the f**ck are you doing???"

"Not only do I want an elite President, I want one who is embarassingly superior to me!"


He has an excellent point. Since when is it a good thing for our presidents to be "someone I'd want to have a beer with"? Why is it a good thing for the President of the United States, the most powerful country on earth, with the ability to wipe out the rest of humanity, to be someone who is no better than the average Joe on the street?

Shouldn't we at least have some kind of job requirements for President? A certain IQ level, perhaps, or a test they should be able to pass? Maybe at least some good references?

Heck, people who adopt pets have to pass more requirements than the President of the United States!

I'm sure you will agree that there has to be a better way to elect a President than the way it's being done today. I just don't know what it is.

Hope you enjoy the "Daily Show" video!

12 comments:

Larry said...

Only Jon Stewart could take what the media has inflated and bring it back to reality in a comedic way.

Sue J said...

Thanks for posting that video -- I love Johns Stewart.

If only there had been some kind of entrance exam for the current Pres. Oh how different the world would be today!

John J. said...

This was an excellent segment on The Daily Show, thanks for posting it here.

Mauigirl said...

Larry, that is how I feel - he puts things back in perspective.

Sue J, I'm glad you enjoyed it - I agree, if only there were a test!

John J., glad you liked it! When I see a great Daily Show segment, I like to spread the word!

enigma4ever said...

very very nice re-decorating....

great post...and yup...I hear you.....loud and clear...

I blogged the Debate...it better be the LAST one - I am Done...as is everybody- ABC Done Obama wrong...4sure....

I am sure Jon will have Something to say Thurs nite about it...wow....

Randal Graves said...

I remember when we wanted a nation full of smart people and our experts and those with access to power to not be brain-dead cokeheads. And I'm not even that old.

Mauigirl said...

Enigma, I'll stop by and read up on the debate. I didn't get to watch it so will be interested on your take on it. I agree, I hope they're done!

Randal, I know; this country has gone so far downhill since any of us were young it is vary scary. All of the schools are "dumbed down" now and we don't make anything here in the U.S. anymore and now even our service industries are being outsourced. If had any real problems we would not be able to fix them.

Sornie said...

I also heard a comment stating that everyone running for president is elite. They are senators which means they are one of a hundred people in a country of 300 million+. Elite isn't bad.

Jess Wundrun said...

AND if you are a bad dog owner they will take your pet away from you.

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FranIAm said...

I saw that segment - too funny.

I tell you, we don't need no damn elitist like Barack Osama, I mean Obama.

We need a regular guy like we done had all these years, good ol' Georgie Bush.

(my head hurts...)

Spartacus said...

Heck, people who adopt pets have to pass more requirements than the President of the United States!

...and the references too!