Commission: Impossible

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Elected officials in America's vaunted punditocracy object to Barack Obama's appointment of Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (3:38)

>> Jon: HEY, WELCOME TO THE

DAILY SHOW, MY NAME IS JON

STEWART.

WE HAVE A GOOD ONE FOR YOU

TONIGHT.

OUR GUEST TONIGHT, CRAIG

SHIRLEY.

AUTHOR CRAIG SHIRLEY, AUTHOR

OF THE NEW BOOK DECEMBER

1941, BEST-SELLER, NOVEMBER

1941.

LET'S BEGIN TONIGHT WITH THE

PRESIDENT, THE EXECUTIVE

BRANCH OF THIS UNITED STATES

GOVERNMENT.

IN RECENT WEEKS, MONTHS

THERE HAVE BEEN EXPANSIONS

OF EXECUTIVE POWER THAT MANY

HAVE FOUND TROUBLING.

BUT PERHAPS LACKED THE

HYPERBOLIC VOCABULARY TO

PROPERLY CONDEMN, YOUR

PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED.

>> REPUBLICANS CALL IT AN

UNPRECEDENTED POWER GRAB.

>> IT WHAT INTEMPORATE,

ARROGANCE AND IRRESPONSIBLE.

>> ARROGANCE OF POWER, ABUSE

OF POWER.

>> WHO CARES WHAT THE LAW

SAYS WHO CARES WHAT THE

RULES ARE, I'M THE

PRESIDENT.

>> Jon: FINALLY, ELECTED

OFFICIALS IN OUR

PUNDITOCTOBER CRASSEE

STANDING UP AGAINST I'M

ASSUMING THE RECENT KODD

FIING OF INDEFINITE

DETENSION OF AMERICANS OR

PERHAPS THE UNRESTRICTED AND

SECRET USE OF DRONES THAT

RAIN DEATH FROM THE SKY OR

MAYBE THE PRESIDENT'S MOST

RECENT OUTRAGE, THE

INSTITUTION OF MANDATORY

SHARIA SCHOOL LUNCH WHERE

EVEN THE MOST AMERICAN OF

SANDWICHES, PB & J MUST WEAR

THE HIJAB SO WHICH ONE OF

THESE ALL TRUE THINGS ARE

THEY OBJECTING TO?

>> THE PRESIDENT IS NAMING

RICHARD CORDRAYS AHEAD OF

THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL

PROTECTION BUREAU.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: HUH?

SO CONGRESS CREATED A BUREAU

TO PROTECT CONSUMERS

FINANCIAL INTERESTS IN

20150.

NOW THE PRESIDENT IS NOT TWO

YEARS LATER, HIRING SOMEONE

TO RUN IT.

WHAT KIND OF MONSTER DOTH

COME HE IS.

HOW IS FILLING A POSITION

THAT CONGRESS CREATED AN

ARROGANT, LAWLESS AND BANANA

REPUBLIC ABUSE OF POWER.

THAT'S USE OF POWER.

WHAT DID THE PRESIDENT DO

THAT WAS SO WRONG?

>> THE PRESIDENT ACTED UNDER

HIS AUTHORITY TO MAKE RECESS

APPOINTMENTS WHEN CONGRESS

IS NOT IN SESSION.

>> MY GOD.

(LAUGHTER)

THAT'S HOW HITLER TOOK

POLAND.

LOOK, GEORGE W BUS, DID

PLENTY OF RECESS APPOINT

OTMENTS.

HOW BOLLTON BECAME U.N. AM

WAS DO CHUCK NORRIS BECAME

6thsDmç

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE

BETWEEN THAT AND WHAT OBAMA

JUST DID.

>> THE REPUBLICANS SAY THE

SENATE IS ACTUALLY IN

SESSION, AND THE PRESIDENT

HAD NO RIGHT TO MAKE THE

SO-CALLED RECESS

APPOINTMENT.

>> Jon: WAIT, THE SENATE IS

IN SESSION?

I WATCHED C-SPAN FOR

LIVING AND I HAVEN'T SEEN

THEM IN SESSION.

WHAT'S THAT?

I MISSED IT.

WHAT DOW MEAN I MISSED IT, A

CONGRESSIONAL SESSION, IT'S

NOT LIKE A SHOOTING STAR,

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

YOU CAN'T GO TO THE BATHROOM

AND MISS-- TURN ON C-SPAN.

SHOW ME THEIR SESSION AND

WHILE WE'RE DOING THAT I'M

GOING TO JUST TRY AND OPEN

THIS CHILDPROOF BOTTLE OF

ASPIRIN.

LET ME SEE IF I CAN --

>> THE SENATE WILL COME TO

ORDER.

PURSUANT TO THE CONSTITUTION,

THE HOUR OF 12:00 NOON

JANUARY 3rd-- SENATE NOW

STANDS ADJOURNED UNTIL 11

A.M. ON FRIDAY JANUARY 6TH,

2012.

>> Jon: PUSH DOWN AND-- HOLY

[BLEEP] DID I MISS IT AGAIN!

THAT WAS THE WHOLE

CONGRESSIONAL SESSION?

THAT COUNTS FOR TO THE BEING

IN RECESS?

SO THE PRESIDENT BID THE

ARCANE RECESS APPOINTMENT

AND THE SENATE RAISES HIM A

TECHNICAL BYLAW ADHERENCE,

THE PRO FORMA SENATE SESSION.

WELL PLAYED GAME

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