Indecision 2011 - Let My People Vote

  • Aired:  11/30/11
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In an effort to include illiterate voters in the 2011 Egyptian parliamentary election, symbols ranging from guitars to assault weapons represent each political party. (4:15)

["DAILY SHOW" THEME SONG

PLAYING]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> JON: WELCOME TO "THE DAILY

SHOW".

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

LATER -- WE'RE SO EXCITED

TONIGHT.

LATER ON THE PROGRAM WE'LL BE

SPEAKING TO A YOUNG IRISH

MUSICIAN NAMED BONO.

WE'VE BEEN TRYING FOR YEARS --

[ LAUGHTER ]

-- TO HAVE THIS GENTLEMAN ON THE

SHOW.

FINALLY --

[ LAUGHTER ]

-- FINALLY WHAT PUT US OVER THE

TOP, AND I SAY THIS TO ANY SHOW

LOOKING TO BOOK HIM, BASKET OF

HAGGAS.

[ LAUGHTER ]

NOW FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WATCH

OUR SHOW REGULARLY AND I'M SURE

THERE'S ONE OF YOU.

[ LAUGHTER ]

, WE DEVOTED AN AWFUL LOT OF

TIME ON THE PROGRAM TO THE

AMERICAN ELECTIONS.

BUT DID YOU KNOW THAT OTHER

COUNTRIES ALSO SOMETIMES CHOOSE

NEW LEADERS?

[ LAUGHTER ]

LET ME BACK UP.

DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE OTHER

COUNTRIES?

[ LAUGHTER ]

IT'S TRUE.

THERE'S AREAS ON THE MAP THAT WE

SOMETIMES LEARN ABOUT WHAT WE

ARE BOMBING THEM.

ONE OF THOSE SUCH COUNTRIES,

EGYPT, JUST HAD AN HISTORICAL

ELECTION.

IT'S THE SUBJECT OF TONIGHT'S

INDECISION COVERAGE.

♪ ♪

[ LAUGHTER ]

WOW.

[ LAUGHTER ]

A PHARAOH REFERENCE AND A MUMMY

REFERENCE.

THAT IS THE EXTENT OF OUR

KNOWLEDGE OF EGYPT SADLY.

ANYWAY, SO JUST EIGHT SHORT

MONTHS AFTER THE HISTORIC

UPRISING THAT OUSTED HOSNI MIEW

BACKAR, THE DICTATOR, THE

EGYPTIANS BEGAN FREE OPEN

ELECTIONS ON MONDAY.

BESIDES THE LOGISTICAL AND

SAFETY CHALLENGES OF THE VOTE,

THE EGYPTIAN ELECTION PRESENTED

OTHER LESSER KNOWN ISSUES.

>> A LOT OF EGYPTIANS CAN'T READ

OR WRITE.

HOW ARE THEY GOING TO VOTE IN A

SYMBOL INSTEAD.

>> IT'S LIKE A SOCCER BALL OR

VIKING SHIP.

>> THESE PARTIES, YOU CAN VOTE

FOR A TANK.

UP HERE THERE'S A PAIR OF

SUNGLASSES.

THERE'S A PYRAMID, A ROCKET OVER

HERE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Jon: I DON'T WANT TO LOOK

DOWN MY NOSE AT THIS BUT IN WHAT

UNIVERSE DOES TANK LOSE TO

SUNGLASSES?

[ LAUGHTER ]

SERIOUSLY, IF I'M TANK I'M LIKE

I WILL (bleep) CRUSH YOU.

YOU'RE SUNGLASSES.

WHO IS CHOOSING?

LOOK, EGYPT, I KNOW YOU ARE KNEW

TO THIS, YOU WANT A

SOPHISTICATED DEMOCRACY YOU

CAN'T HAVE YOUR PARTIES

REPRESENTED BY A MYRIAD OF

SYMBOLS WITH EVERYTHING FROM

GUITARS TO ASSAULT WEAPONS

NOBODY WILL TAKE YOUR DEMOCRACY

SERIOUSLY UNTIL YOU HAVE JUST

TWO.

[ LAUGHTER ]

[ APPLAUSE ]

NOW THAT MAKES SENSE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

STILL IF NOTHING ELSE THE SYMBOL

BASED ELECTION APPROACH HAS LED

TO INNOVATIVE ATTACK ADS.

>> HE SAYS HE KNOWS WHAT IS BEST

FOR EGYPT BUT ARE BLENDER'S

PRIORITIES ARE MIXED UP?

EVEN VIKING SHIP AGREES BLENDER

WILL SINK OUR ECONOMY FASTER

THAN A TOOTH BRUSH

ADMINISTRATION.

BUT SOCCER BALLS LEADERSHIP WILL

GET THINGS ROLLING AGAIN RIGHT

TOWARDS THE OBJECTIVE.

I'M SOCCER BALL AND I APPROVE

THIS MESSAGE.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: YEAH, YEAH.

I'M NOT IMPRESSED BY ANY.

I'M WAITING FOR CHRIS CHRISTIE

TO GET INTO THE RACE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

[ LAUGHTER ]

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