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Gulf oil disaster: Jon Stewart rips Obama's tough talk


It's a lose-lose situation for President Obama.

Endlessly derided for his drone-like or lack of response to the Gulf Coast oil disaster, the one time the president actually showed some emotion, comedian Jon Stewart rips him a, errr, rips him in half, we'll say.

Tuesday night, Stewart lampooned the president's interview with Matt Lauer, in which Obama said he was talking to experts to find out "whose ass to kick" for the oil spill.

"Barack Obama is about to embark on Assquest 2010," Stewart shouted. "The search for kickable ass."

"Who should receive the brunt of the president's size 12 Air Jordans?" he asked. 

Cue video of the president: "It's my job to make sure that everything is done to shut this down."

"He has to kick his own ass!" Stewart announced. Audience cheered.

Stewart then became a geyser himself, spewing frustration over the president's use of the word "complicated" when discussing any of the big issues.  Mentioning the oil disaster, financial regulatory reform, healthcare and Guantanamo Bay, Stewart's staff -- of course -- had video footage of the president using "it's complicated" to describe each one.

"SO SIMPLIFY IT!" Stewart yelled at one point. "You're the president!"

Full of stress-filled angst, Stewart then made a prediction.

"Mr. President, let me guess what's your favorite movie? Don't answer, let me guess."

Perfect set-up.  Meryl Streep's and Alec Baldwin's "It's Complicated" flashed up on the screen.

"I'm glad that you are looking for an ass to kick," Stewart concluded. "But in the meantime I gotta tell ya, the ass has been kicking you."

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One of Stewarts worst shows. He acted like he had been brain washed by the neo con right. What next? Will Jon appear on stage with Sarah Palin at a tea bagger rally?

President Barack Obama and the Democrats have said, "BP is responsible for this leak. BP will be paying the bill and if they don't he'll kick their butts,."The question is which bill is the president talking about? Is it all the bills to the federal government and the residential home owners property damage bills?

We have got to ask how the response to the Gulf of Mexico spill compares to the 2003 Bouchard B 120 oil spill in Buzzards Bay,Massaacusetts? Do the residents of Massachusetts have to wait in line ? We've been waiting eight years !

Two things come to mind. First the U.S.Court of appeals never allowed the state of Massachusetts to enforce the Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention Act of 2004. The Coast Guard appealed the rules because of an intercoastal turf war leaving the state with no new laws to protect the bay. Second the residential property claims of thousands of residents have been tied up in the Massachusetts court system for the past eight years. How will residential property owners around the gulf have to wait?

On April 27, 2003, eight years ago the Bouchard Barge B-120 hit an obstacle in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts creating a 12-foot rupture in its hull and discharging an estimated 100,000 gallons of No. 6 oil.

I watched that last night.

First off, Stewart was funny.

Second, Stewart was right on the money.

He compared Obama's promises and words with his record and actions. Which, sadly to say, is really poor. It really is a long litany of excuses why it can not be done.

Of course, the US Progressives will start their ad hominem attacks on Stewart, but the truth is that Stewart was right on the money. You see, for any one to answer Stewart's observations would be too... hmm... complicated.

Which just shows that Stewart was on the money.

Mike, it's the mentality you exhibit that is the main impediment towards true "bipartisanship," if there ever was such a thing. Stewart is undeniably a Liberal, yet when he calls out the president on his dismal performance and apparent lack of empathy, it is not only one of his "worst shows," but he suddenly is a tea-bagging neo con. Bravo, my friend.

After watching the video of the oil gyster, in the gulf and the success of the cap that is now in place... Where is the cap? Are they using it on another well?

The reason Obama is so angry is because his past is catching up with him, he now knows how Hitler felt when surrounded by the World's Army's just before he committed suicide.....
Call for Obama's resignation cites 'deceit, fraud, dishonesty'
'We can wait no longer for a traditional change of power and new government'
A retired U.S. military leader who now is a presence on the Internet with his Stand Up For America and Veterans Defenders websites has issued a call for President Obama's resignation and a new election to replace him.

The call comes from Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely, who served in Vietnam and retired in 1991 from the U.S. Army as deputy commanding general for the Pacific.

"We now must call for the immediate resignation of Barry Soetero (AKA President Barack Hussein Obama) … based on incompetence, deceit, fraud, corruption, dishonesty and violation of the U.S. oath of office and the Constitution," he said in remarks delivered to a Lincoln Reagan dinner in Virginia City, Mont., last week and published today on the Stand Up America website.

"And a call for a national petition for new elections to select the next president of the United States of America must be initiated," he continued. "We can wait no longer for a traditional change of power and new government."

A number of retired military members have sought the removal of Obama from office. They mostly have tried to utilize the courts to challenge his eligibility based on claims he fails to meet the U.S. Constitution's requirement that a president be a "natural born citizen." Few have asserted Obama needs to walk away from the Oval Office for the best of the nation.

Stewar is now being hailed as one of the best in show business, Jon should run for President when Obama is Impeached...
You gotta admit, Obama has this coming.....

"One of Stewarts worst shows."

Well, it seems that any kind of comedy which deals with the anointed one in an less than worshipful manner is bound to be declared bad by the people of faith.

Let's hope no fatwa will hound Jon Stewart as a consequence.

Hey Mr. Nussbeck.
Are you for real? Obama is still a much better president than G.W. Bush , a man who truly trashed the Constitution. And your pal general Vallely could use a shoe horn to pull his head out of his ass.

@ Mike:

Stewart has taken an objective viewpoint on a non-partisan issue. I am hardly a conservative, but blindly following the demagogues of either side does not engender progress. Rather, he places criticism and skepticism where both are due, which should not be construed as a fault on his part.

Good at least Stewart isn't going soft on Obama.

Stewart is a smart guy even when I disagree with him and he's seen the writing on the wall concerning President Obama, so he's one of the smart liberals who is getting out in front to plant his flag as independently minded and cool-aid free. This bodes well for his longevity in the industry as opposed to those who continue to lose all credibility with their blind or partisanly stubborn defense of total incompetence.

Angrily demanding simplicity doesn't make complexity go away.

THE most relevant and informative NEWS show in america. period. brilliant.

Jon was right on! But seriously people. Obama, impeached? Come on now.

John Stewart, im sorry but you are a idiot

Both the president and stewart are boneheads and his show is about entertainment, so he gives us just that... entertainment. Although he did rip cramer a new one!


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