Mess O'Slightly-to-the-Left O'Potamia - Egyptian Protests

  • Aired:  01/31/11
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Despite its expressed support, America loses some credibility with Egyptian protesters thanks to tear gas canisters stamped "Made in U.S.A.". (4:36)

>> Jon: WELCOME TO THE DAILY

SHOW.

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

UNBELIEVABLE PROGRAM FOR YOU

TONIGHT.

BILL GATES.

BILL GATES, FORMER CEO OF

MICROSOFT CORPORATION IS HERE.

YOU

KNOW BILL AS

THE GUY WHO

GETS A DOLLAR EVERY TIME YOU

HEAR THIS.

HE JUST MADE A DOLLAR.

LET'S BEGIN TONIGHT WITH OUR

CONTINUING COVERAGE OF THE

TURMOIL IN EGYPT OR MESS O-

SLIGHTLY TO THE LEFT-O POTAMIA.

MANY AMERICAN JOURNALISTS

GOING OLD SCHOOL.

ROLLING UP THE SLEEVES

JENNINGS' STYLE.

SOME FILED LIVE REPORTS

AMONGST THE PEOPLE.

OTHERS OFFERED COMMENTARY FROM

WHAT YOU WOULD CALL A CRITICAL

DISTANCE SAY, MAYBE FROM THE

MEETING OF BILLIONAIRES IN

DAVOS SWITZERLAND.

THE CONTRAST WAS SOMETIMES

STARK.

>> WHAT THE UNITED STATES

SHOULD BE FOCUSING ON ARE ON

THREE THINGS.

HOPING WHATEVER TRANSITION

THERE IS PEACEFUL.

>> Jon: ALL RIGHT, FRIEDMAN.

I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU A PASS

ON BEING AT DAVOS.

EVEN BILLIONAIRES NEED THE

OCCASIONAL HOW THE WORLD WORKS

METAPHORS.

BUT I CANNOT IN GOOD

CONSCIENCE LET THAT JACKET GO

BY WITHOUT COMMENTING.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING, WOULD?

IS THAT A LEATHER TUXEDO?

IT LOOKS LIKE YOUR LEATHER

JACKET WENT OUT AND BOUGHT

ITSELF A LEATHER JACKET.

OR PERHAPS YOU BOUGHT THAT 20

YEARS AGO THINKING THAT'S HOW

WE'LL ALL DRESS IN THE FUTURE.

NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SAY THIS,

BUT YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE IRAQ

WAR IS NOW YOUR SECOND BIGGEST

LAPSE IN JUDGMENT.

BUT MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHAT

THE PUNDITS THINK OR ARE

WEARING, HOW IS THE U.S.

GOVERNMENT REACTING TO EVENTS

ON THE GROUND?

HERE IS HILLARY CLINTON PRE-I

POST WEEKEND.

>> THE EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT IS

STABLE AND IS LOOKING FOR WAYS

TO RESPOND TO THE LEGITIMATE

NEEDS AND INTERESTS OF THE

EGYPTIAN PEOPLE.

WE WANT TO SEE AN ORDERLY

TRANSITION TO A DEMOCRATIC

GOVERNMENT, TO ECONOMIC

REFORMS EXACTLY WHAT THE

PROTESTERS ARE SEEKING.

>> DID I SAY STABLE AND

RESPONSIVE?

I MEANT LEAVING.

HOLY (BEEP) MAKING THE U.S.

LOOK LIKE A METS' FAN AT A

PHILLY GAME.

GO, METS!

I MEAN PHILLIES.

OF COURSE EVEN THOUGH THE

UNITED STATES HAS EXPRESSED

SUPPORT FOR THE PROTESTS WE

MAY HAVE SOME CREDIBILITY

ISSUES WITH THE EGYPT STREET.

>> THESE PROTESTORS SAID THE

WEAPONS USED BY THE EGYPTIAN

FORCES WERE MADE IN THE USA.

YOU CAN SEE IT IN THIS PHOTO

OF A TEAR GAS CANNISTER USED

BY THE EGYPTIAN FORCES.

THE FAMILIAR "MADE IN THE USA"

MARKINGS ON THE CAN.

>> Jon: WE WRITE THAT ON OUR

TEAR GAS CANNISTERS?

ARE YOU KIDDING ME.

DO WE WANT PEOPLE TO HATE US?

HEY YOU KNOW WHAT?

I HAVE AN IDEA.

WHY DON'T WE WRITE "MADE IN

CHINA" ON OUR TEAR GAS?

AND THEN WHEN WE DROP FOOD OR

INVENT, I DON'T KNOW, A PILLOW

CANNON, THAT WE CAN BRAND WITH

OUR LOGO.

SO, PRESIDENT MUBARAK HAS LOST

THE UNITED STATES, HE HAS LOST

THE SUPPORT OF HIS PEOPLE.

HE HAS LOST THE SUPPORT OF HIS

PEOPLE'S PETS.

MR. PICKLES, HOW COULD YOU

TURN ON HOSNI MUBARAK?

WITH ALL EYES NOW ON HIM,

HOSNI MUBARAK SPOKE TO THE

EGYPTIAN NATION.

WOULD HE HEAR THEIR

GRIEVANCES?

>> I ASK THE GOVERNMENT TO

RESIGN TODAY.

I WILL TELL THE NEW GOVERNMENT,

COME TOMORROW, IN VERY

SPECIFIC GOAL TO WORK WITH THE

CURRENT SITUATION.

>> Jon: MESSAGE RECEIVED.

HOSNI MUBARAK HAS HEARD YOU

AND SAID, I'VE FIRED THOSE JAG-

OFFS HEY, I NEVER LIKED THEM

TO BEGIN WITH.

I WANTED TO GET RID OF THEM

FOR YEARS.

I ONLY KEPT THEM BECAUSE I

THOUGHT YOU LIKED HIM.

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