No'Amor Qaddafi - A Look Back at Rebranding Libya

  • Aired:  10/20/11
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To find out what the future might hold for a free Libya, The Daily Show takes a look back at John Oliver's interview with Ambassador Ali Suleiman Aujali. (4:36)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

SO LIBYA, CONGRATULATIONS, A

FREE COUNTRY.

WHAT THEY DO WITH THEIR

FREEDOM AND THEIR DEMOCRACY,

WE DON'T KNOW.

WILL THEY BE MORE OF AN

AMERICAN ALLY, THAT WOULD BE

VERY NICE.

WHAT WILL THE NEW LIBYA LOOK

LIKE?

BACK IN MARCH WE RAN A PIECE,

JOHN OLIVER SAT DOWN WITH

THE MAN WHO NOW BECOMES THE

NEW LIBYAN GOVERNMENT'S

AMBASSADOR IN WASHINGTON SO

WE THOUGHT LET'S TAKE A LOOK

BACK, IF YOU WILL.

>> ALLY ALI AUJOLI WAS THE

LIBYAN AMBASSADOR FOR THE

UNITEDDED STATES.

HE WORKED FOR QADDAFI FOR 40

YEARS UNTIL-TO-WOKES AGO

WHEN HE RESIGNED IN PROTEST

TO WORK WITH THE REBELS.

>> QADDAFI MADE IT VERY EASY

FOR ME TO QUIT HIS REGIME

AFTER HE WHAT HE DID TO

LIBYANS, I FEEL LIKE FIRST

TIME I CAN SAY WHAT I LIKE,

WHAT I BELIEVE.

>> DO YOU THINK YOU ACTED A

LITTLE HASTILY.

YOU ONLY GAVE HIM 40 YEARS.

>> WELL, I DON'T WORK FOR

QADDAFI.

I WORKED-- WORKED FOR LIBYA.

>> RIGHT.

>> QADDAFI, I DON'T KNOW HIM

VERY WELL.

I MET HIM MAYBE TWO TIMES,

AND WITH OTHER PEOPLE.

>> QADDAFI IS ONE OF THE

MOST ECCENTRIC DEATH-- IN

THE MIDDLE EAST.

THIS LEATHER PHRASED

UKRAINIAN NURSE LOVING

LUNATIC HAS BEEN IN POWER

SINCE 1969.

>> PEOPLE MUST ASK YOU ALL

THE TIME, WHAT IS QADDAFI

LIKE.

>> QADDAFI IS-- IS A STRANGE

PERSON.

>> I GET IT MYSELF.

WHAT IS JON STEWART LIKE,

AND I TELL PEOPLE HE'S

[BLEEP] CRAZY.

>> YOU CAN USE THE SAME

EXPRESSION WITH QADDAFI, I

GUESS.

>> RIGHT, WE BOTH WORK FOR

CHARISMATIC, DICTATORIAL

FIGURE FIGURES WHO DON'T

LIKE TO LEAVE THEIR ROMS

UNLESS IT'S TO GO ON TV.

THEY'RE BOTH A DECTED TO THE

A DOLEATION OF CLOWNS.

THEY BOTH LOOK REALLY WEIRD

UP CLOSE, THEY BOTH LIKE

JEWISH JOKES.

PROBABLY FOR DIFFERENT

REASONS.

>> THIS MAN WITH NO

PRINCIPLESES.

YOU KNOW-- QADDAFI SAID I

OWN YOU OR I KILL YOU.

>> S THIS'S JON'S BASICALLY

THE SAME.

>> OVER THE YEARS LEBBIA HAS

BECOME KNOWN FOR THE LOCKER

BOW BOMBINGS, SPORTING

MURDEROUS DICTATORS AND

TERRORIST -- TERRORIST

ORGANIZATIONS AND OF COURSE

ILLEGAL PLUTONIUM DOLES.

FOR THIS COUNTRY TO WROTE A

NEW CHAPTER IT WILL HAVE TO

BE REBUILT FROM THE GROUND

UP.

>> WE NEED TO REBRAND LIBYA.

IF THERE IS-- BECAUSE LIBYA

AS A BRAND HAS BEEN TARN

EARNED BY THE CRAZY THINGS

THAT YOU'VE DONE.

>> THAT'S TRUE.

>> BEAR WITH MOW.

COPE AN OPEN MIND WITH THIS,

AM WAS DOOR.

HERE WE GO.

LIBYA, THERE IT IS, THERE

SHE IS.

>> OKAY W W I ARGUE THAT

THIS NAME IS A LITTLE

TARNISHED NOW.

TRY THIS.

>> GET SOME POP, NO.

>> NORWAY.

>> I'VE GOT OTHERS.

NOW I'M GLAD I BROUGHT THEM

BUT THIS IS A PERSONAL

FAVORITE OF MINE.

OILFRICA.

>> OIL AFRICAN.

>> NO, OILFRICA.

>> OIL AFRICA, IT ROLLS

EASIER OFF THE TONGUE THAN

YOU ARE MAKING IT.

>> OIL AFRICA.

>> I CANNOT PRONOUNCE T HOW

CAN YOU MAKE ME TO LIKE

WITH.

>> OILFRICA.

>> IF YOU DIDN'T LIKE THIS

YOU WILL HATE THIS.

>> OILGAM G SM.

>> THE ONLY NAME I WILL I DO

FOR IS LIBYA, NO OTHER NAME.

>> THOUGH HIS COUNTRY WAS

MOVING FORWARD, THE

AMBASSADOR WAS SADLY STUCK

IN THE PAST.

>> WHAT ABOUT THE FLAG.

>> THAT'S MY FLAG.

THAT'S THE INDEPENDENT FLAG.

THERE IS THAT FLAG, IT MAKES

A LOT OF DIFFERENCE.

AND MAKE A LOT OF HOPE FOR

THE LIBYAN PEOPLE.

>> SO YOU LIKE THE FLAG.

>> OF COURSE, OF COURSE,

WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL COLORS

AND THIS BEAUTIFUL STAR.

>> ALL I'M SUGGESTING IS

THIS CRESCENT, THAT CAN COME

ACROSS AS A LITTLE BIT

THREATENING TO AMERICANS.

SO WHAT I AM SAYING ROTATE

THAT 90 de GROHS, THROW AN

EXTRA STAR ON THERE, TURN

THE COLORS A MORE FRIENDLY

PASTEL, BOOM.

>> WHAT, YOU ARE OFFERING ME

THIS FLAG.

>> YEAH.

>> I'M SORRY.

>> THOUGH WE MAY DISAGREE ON

THE DETAIL WES BOTH WESTERN

THE BEST FOR AMERICA'S OLD

FRIEND WHO BECAME AN ENEMY,

WHO BECAME A FRIEND AGAIN

FOR A WHILE, ONLY TO BECOME

AN ENMOW ONCE MORE.

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