Iran Man 2

  • Aired:  09/26/13
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Iranian President and accomplished Mandy Patinkin impersonator Hassan Rouhani travels to New York for the United Nations General Assembly. (3:27)

>> Jon: WELCOME TO THE DAILYSHOW

MY NAME IS JON STEWART, BIGSHOW, ROBIN WILLIAMS GOING

TO BE JOINING US, BUT FIRST,LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

WE BE ON THE CUSP OF A SEACHANGE IN U.S. IRANIAN

RELATION.

>> IRAN'S NEW PRESIDENTHASAN ROUHANI TOUCHED DOWN

IN NEW YORK.

>> ROUHANI WAS ELECTED INJUNE AS A MODERATE CANDIDATE

WHO ADVOCATED IMPROVINGRELATIONS WITH THE

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.

>> Jon: ROUHANI IS AMODERATE AS WELL AS AN

ACCOMPLISHED MANDYPATINKIN IMPERSONATOR.

GONE ARE THE DAYS OFAHMADINEJAD AND THE HARMFUL

STEREOTYPE OF THE CRAZYAMERICA-HATING ANTI-SEMITIC

MEMBERS ONLY JACKET WEARINGIRANIAN PRESIDENT.

BUT HOW DIFFERENT CAN THISROUHANI GUY BE.

>> THOUGH IRAN USUALLYBLOCKS IRANIANS FROM TWITTER,

NOW ROUHANI IS TWEETING.

>> THE SURPRISING ANDUNPRECEDENTED OUTREACH THAT

BEGAN WITH ANOTHER TWEET TWOWEEKS AGO WISHING THE

WORLD'S JEWS A HAPPY ROSHHASHANAH HOLIDAY.

(LAUGHTER)>> Jon: DID NOT SEE THAT

COMING.

WELL THAT IS DIFFERENT,FINALLY IRAN HAS REACHED THE

SAME LEVEL OF TOLERANCE ASYOUR LOCAL FORD DEALERSHIP.

NOT THAT ROUHANI'S WIPED THEWHOLE SLATE CLEAN.

>> LET ME ASK YOU, PRESIDENTAHMADINEJAD SAID THE

HOLOCAUST IS A MYTH.

DO YOU AGREE?

>> I'M NOT A HISTORIAN, I'M APOLITICIAN.

>> Jon: MISSED IT BY THATMUCH.

HERE'S A TIP ON THE PLAYINGOF THE I'M NOT A HISTORIAN

CARD.

IF SOMEONE ASKS YOU,PRESIDENT ROUHANI, DO YOU

THINK THE SMOOT HAWLEYTARIFF CONTRIBUTED TO THE

LENGTH OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION.

YOU CAN BRING OUT I'M NOTA HISTORIAN.

BUT WHEN THE QUESTION IS WASTHE HOLOCAUST REAL, I

BELIEVE THE PROPER RESPONSETO THAT WOULD BE [BLEEP]

YEAH, YEAH, IT WAS REAL.

YOU KNOW WHAT, FORGET THEHOLOCAUST, THAT CAME OUT

WRONG.

(LAUGHTER)ALL RIGHT, WHAT I MEAN TO

SAY IS PERHAPS WITH ROUHANIAND OBAMA BOTH IN TOWN FOR

THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLYOUR NATIONS CAN REACH SOME

SORT OF DETANTE, APERSIASTROIKA, IF YOU--

(LAUGHTER)PRESIDENT OBAMA, WOULD YOU

LIKE TO MAKE OUR GUEST FEELWELCOME.

>> IRANIANS HAVE LONGCOMPLAINED OF A HISTORY OF

U.S. INTERFERENCE IN THEIRAFFAIRS.

AND OF AMERICA'S ROLE INOVERTHROWING AN IRANIAN

GOVERNMENT DURING THE COLDWAR.

>> Jon: WELL, YOU CAN'TREALLY CALL IRANIANS

COMPLAINERS FOR BEING MADABOUT US OVERTHROWING THEIR

GOVERNMENT.

I MEAN ARE YOU GUYS STILLWHINING ABOUT-- THAT WAS ONE

COUP, ONE COUP!

IT'S LIKE 60 YEARS AGO.

MOVE ON DOT WHATEVS.

MAYBE ROUHANI WILL DO BETTERWITH THE CHARM OFFENSIVE.

>> THE SO-CALLED IRANIANTHREAT WHICH HAS BEEN EMPLOYED

AS AN EXCUSE TO JUSTIFYA LONG CATALOG OF CRIMES AND

CATASTROPHIC PRACTICES OVERTHE PAST THREE DECADES.

THE ARMING OF THE SADDAMHUSSEIN REGIME WITH CHEMICAL

WEAPONS, SUPPORTING THETALIBAN AND AL QAEDA ARE

JUST TWO EXAMPLES OF SUCHCATASTROPHES.

>> Jon: WE CAN GO BACK ANDFORTH ALL DAY ABOUT WHO

SUPPLIED ARMS TO SADDAMHUSSEIN AND THE TALIBAN.

MAYBE IT WAS US -- I'M NOT AHISTORIAN.

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