Inglourious Bashar - Charm Offensive

  • Aired:  09/09/13
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Aasif Mandvi breaks down Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's campaign to rehabilitate his murderous dictator image. (2:32)

FOR MORE ON THE ASSADINTERVIEW--

(APPLAUSE)>> WE ARE JOINED BY SENIOR

MIDDLE EAST CORRESPONDENTAASIF MANDVI.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Jon: LET ME ASK YOU THIS

VERY LITTLE REVEALED IN THISINTERVIEW.

ASSAD SEEMS TO BESTONEWALLING.

>> WELL WHAT DO YOU EXPECT HIMTO SAY, JON.

YES, CHARLIE, I GASSED MYOWN THITIZENS.

>> Jon: ARE YOU GOING AFTERHIS SPEECH IMPEDIMENT.

HE HAS BEEN MURDERING HIS OWNPEOPLE FOR TWO YEARS AND ALL

YOU HAVE IS THE LISP.

>> THAT'S ALL I GOT.

PRETTY GRIM STORY.

PLUS YOU KNOW THAT'S NOTHOW HE REALLY TALKS, RIGHT.

>> Jon: REALLY, HE FAKED ALISP?

WHY WOULD HE FAKE A LISP.

>> HE'S ON A CHARM OFFENSIVE,JON.

HOW ELSE DO YOU WIN HEARTSAND MINDS WHEN YOU ARE A

LIPLESS BEADY EYED TYRANTWHO THE ONLY FRIENDS ARE

PUTIN AND THE AYATOLLAH.

>> Jon: VERY HARD.

HE COULD SLAP ON ONE OF THEMAMERICAN FLAG

PINS THAT WORKS FOROUR GUYS.

>> HE DIDN'T SAYCORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE, HE

GASSED A VILLAGE!

OKAY, WE'RE WAY PAST FLAGPINS HERE.

>> Jon: HOW DOES GOING ONNETWORK TV AND SPITTING ALL

OVER CHARLIE ROSE HELP HISIMAGE.

>> WELL, INSTANT SYMPATHY,JON, COME ON.

UNITED STATES, YOU DON'TWANT TO SHOOT A MISSILE AT

SOMEONE WHO CAN CAN'T SAYTHE LETTER S, ALL RIGHT.

>> Jon: YOU SOUND LIKE THATFRENCH CARTOON SKUNK.

JUST STOP DOING THAT, ALLRIGHT.

>> WHY, BECAUSE I'M WORKINGMY WAY INTO YOUR HEART.

>> Jon: NO, YOU'RE NOT,YOU'RE NOT.

(APPLAUSE)>> Jon: YOU'RE NOT DOING

THAT THE ALL.

OKAY, WELL LOOK, LISP WASN'TTHE FIRST WORST THING THEY

TRIED.

YOU TRIED THIS BEFORE WITHTHE COLIN POWELL-- AND

YELLOW PUDDIN POP, BAH.

>> Jon: THEY CONSIDERED GOINGWITH THE COSBY VOICE.

>> OF COURSE.

ONE OF THE MOST BELOVEDCHARACTERS OF ALL TIME.

NOBODY WANTS TO BOMB DR. HUXTABLE.

>> Jon: TRUE.

>> BUT HE HAD COPYRIGHTISSUES.

>> Jon: I UNDERSTAND.

HE COMMITTED ATROCITIES.

ONE LISPY OR COSBYESQUEINTERVIEW

WON'T ERASE WHAT EVERYBODYKNOWS ABOUT THIS GUY.

>> NOT ON ITS OWN.

IT'S ONLY ONE PIECE IN HISCAMPAIGN TO REHABILITATE HIS

MURDEROUS IMAGE.

MEDIA 101, CHARLIE ROSE INTHE MORNING, COUNTS TO 10

WITH MUPPETS ON "SESAMESTREET", THEN HE WRAPS IT UP

WITH THIS.

>> Jon: OH, FOR GOD'S SAKES,AASIF, THAT IS NEVER-- WOW,

HE'S GOT SOMEMOVES.

>> HE IS VERY LIKABLE.

>> Jon: HE REALLY IS THANKYOU, AASIF MANDVI,

EVERYBODY.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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