Middle Eastern Promises

  • Aired:  09/10/13
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President Obama argues for military intervention in Syria and Wolf Blitzer tries averting World War III. (4:34)

[APPLAUSE]>> Jon: HEY, WELCOME TO THE

DAILY SHOW. MY NAME IS JONSTEWART.

WE'VE GOT A NICE ONE FORYOU TONIGHT.

BILL DEDMAN, AUTHOR OFTHE NEW BOOK,

EMPTY MANSIONS.

BUT THANK YOU FOR BEINGHERE AND WATCHING THE

SHOW.

I JUST HAVE ONE QUICKQUESTION AT THE TOP: ARE

WE AT WAR YET? [LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: DOES ANYONEKNOW.

THE PRESIDENT OF THEUNITED STATES GAVE AN

ADDRESS, ADDRESSED THENATION ON SYRIA JUST NOT

TWO HOURS AGO.

[LAUGHTER]>> I DIDN'T WATCH IT.

I WAS AT MY TWERKINGCLASS.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: I DON'T KNOW

WHAT THAT IS.

BUT THE PRESIDENT GAVE HISSPEECH.

AND IT'S ABOUT THE WAR INSYRIA.

IF YOU REMEMBER CORRECTLY,ABOUT A YEAR AGO, IN THE

HEAT OF THE PRESIDENTIALCAMPAIGN, A HYPOTHETICAL

WAS POSITED ABOUT WHAT IT MAYTAKE TO GET THE UNITED

STATES INVOLVED IN ASYRIAN CIVIL WAR. THIS IS DURING

THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN.

>> President Obama: ARED LINE FOR US IS WE

START SEEING A WHOLE BUNCHOF CHEMICAL WEAPONS MOVING

AROUND OR BEING UTILIZED.

>> Jon: SO YOU'RE NOTGOING TO BELIEVE WHAT

HAPPENED.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: IT LOOKS LIKE

ASSAD HAS USED CHEMICALWEAPONS, AND THAT -- THAT

TURNS OUT TO BE THECAMPAIGN PROMISE OBAMA HAS

DECIDED TO KEEP.

SO...

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: WITH THAT

OFF-HAND HYPOTHETICALSTATEMENT, SO BEGAN THE

ADMINISTRATION'S MARCH TOACTION.

ODDLY ENOUGH, ONCE AGAINUTILIZING DRONES TO MAKE

HIS CASE.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: OBAMA HIMSELF

APPEARED YESTERDAY INBACK-TO-BACK TO

BACK-TO-BACK INTERVIEWS, WITHSIX SEPARATE NETWORKS

MAKING HIS CASE FORINTERVENTION,

MOVIE-JUNKET-STYLE.

NO.

COME ON.

YEAH, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCEOF AIR STRIKES.

NO.

WE CAN DO BETTER -- STOPOR OBAMA WILL SHOOT.

THANK YOU.

REALLY, YOU LIKED THECLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF

AIR STRIKES?

OBVIOUSLY, THE JOURNALISTSCHOSEN TO INTERVIEW THE

PRESIDENT WERE SELECTED FORTHEIR GRAVITAS

AND PROFESSIONALISM.

EXCEPT ONE WHO APPARENTLYWON A RADIO CONTEST.

>> YOU'RE BEING SEEN RIGHTNOW ON CNN AND CNN

INTERNATIONAL AROUND THEWORLD.

>> OOH, YOU'RE ON CNN.

AAHHH!

YOU KNOW, OBAMA IS, LIKE,I'M ON TV!

HI, MOM!

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: BUT THAT'S NOT

THE STUPID PART.

>> AROUND THE WORLD,INCLUDING IN DAMASCUS.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE YOU TODO, MR. PRESIDENT, LOOK

INTO THE CAMERA, TALKDIRECTLY TO PRESIDENT

BASHAR al-ASSAD -->> Jon: AND THAT'S THE

STUPID PART.

>> -- TELL HIMSPECIFICALLY WHAT YOU

THINK HE MUST DO TO AVERTA U.S. MILITARY STRIKE.

>> Jon: AND WHY YOUTHINK HE DESERVES THE

FINAL ROSE.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: [BLEEP] MAN, IT'S AN

INTERVIEW.

STOP TRYING TO MAKEMOMENTS.

YOU'RE TELLING THE LEADEROF THE FREE WORLD HOW WE

MIGHT AVOID A POSSIBLEWORLD WAR III.

YOU DON'T NEED TO AMP UPTHE DRAMA WITH

THEATRICS.

SERIOUSLY, LOOK INTO THECAMERA AND HAVE FUN WITH

IT.

TRY IT WITH THIS LINCOLNBEARD ON.

GO AHEAD.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: OBAMA,

MR. PRESIDENT, PLEASEPOLITELY DISMISS THIS

REQUEST WHILE MAKING ITCLEAR HOW INCREDIBLY

(bleep) STUPID YOU THINK IT IS.

>> President Obama: IDON'T NEED TO TALK IN THE

CAMERA.

I SUSPECT HE HAS PEOPLEWHO WILL BE WATCHING THIS.

>> Jon: I CANNOT BELIEVEASSAD USES CNN ON HIS OWN

PEOPLE.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: HE IS A MONSTER!

[APPLAUSE][CHEERING]

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