Friday, November 18, 2005

Stewart Throws Cheney's "Own Words" Back At Him

John Kerry (D-MA) was right when he responded to Vice President Dick Cheney's Nov. 16 attack against critics of the White House's handling of pre-war intelligence by saying “it is hard to name a government official with less credibility on Iraq” than Cheney.

Kerry may speak for the 57% of Americans who believe that Bush "deliberately misled" the nation when making the case for war. But it's easy for the conservative noise machine to marginalize Kerry -- perhaps by calling him French or making fun of his wife's riches.

Far more people, no doubt, will remember the brilliant commentary about Cheney's attack delivered last night by Jon Stewart and the writers at Comedy Central's The Daily Show.

Cheney, in his talk before the Frontiers of Freedom Institute, a conservative policy group, said of White House critics: "We're not going to sit by and let them rewrite history. ... We're going to continue throwing their own words back at them."

That bit of empty conservative spin was just too big a bullseye for The Daily Show writers.

Here's an unofficial transcript of what Stewart said:

STEWART: The Vice President, Dick Cheney, emerged from his bunker yesterday in a fighting mood.

CHENEY: The suggestion that's been made by some U.S. Senators, that the President of the United States or any member of this administration, purposely misled the American people in pre-war intelligence, is one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city.


STEWART: So, if the president and the vice president didn't intentionally mislead us, then our intelligence apparatus failed entirely. I guess, Vice President Cheney, that's the saddest part of this whole thing.

CHENEY: The saddest part is that our people in uniform have been subjected to these cynical and pernicious falsehoods, day in and day out.

STEWART (imitating Cheney): I mean, do you know how hard it is for the troops to hear the president deny and criticize? I mean, it's one thing for the soldiers to be literally attacked --- bombs and bullets. But, to see us figuratively attacked -- words -- I mean, people, there's only so much they can ...

Bring it home, Brother Dick!

CHENEY: We're not going to sit by and let them rewrite history. ... We're going to continue throwing their own words back at them."

STEWART: All right, so here we go, let's see who's made some of the most damaging untrue statements about the war:

(pulls giant lever, as giant slot machine images begin behind him)

CHENEY (August 22, 2002): There's no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.

CHENEY (May 30, 2005): I think they are in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.

CHENEY (March 16, 2003): My belief is, we will in fact be greeted as liberators.

(On screen, in giant letters: "JACKA$$")

STEWART: We'll be right back ...


Anonymous MnFats said...

it was beautiful.... skewered Cheney with the sumbitch's own words. the exchange with Clark was great, too.

1:46 AM  
Anonymous Erika said...

W's administration screams "we have no leadership" in all their attempts to justify that which has no justification. What a sad day in our nation.

1:46 AM  
Anonymous Hyernel said...

Well... I trust that the video will be up on Crooks and Liars soon.

I don't have cable. So the only way I get to see The Daily Show is to wait for C&L to post QuickTime.

1:47 AM  
Anonymous Zinfandel said...

Nicely done for those without cable...Cheers to you & Jon..

Jon's the BEST! (I won't miss his show). And thank you for describing it so perfectly JABBS...

2:01 AM  
Anonymous radfringe said...

the same old "tactics" you can count on one thing with bush* co. - if they are criticized they pull out the same "tools" -- Deny the accusations, smear the critic, bash the DEMs, and blame Clinton

See toon: /

10:08 AM  
Anonymous sinkingfeeling said...

It was great! Interview with Richard Clark was too.

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Laura PackYourBags said...

Saw it, Great. But didn't you wish that he could have had more time with Richard Clarke? Wish the show was an hour.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Humor_In_Cuneiform said...

That was great! Just a tad surprising, but so gratifying.

That was a visual that will stay with many of us for a long, long time.

It'd be a good ad to run since we seem to be in an era in which campaign type ads run anytime to just shape opinion.

I also noticed in Newsweek that the CW (conventional wisdom) feature included * et al going back to the play book to call questioning of admin policies unpatriotic.

And it said that Americans are NOT buying it anymore.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous readmylips said...

Dave Letterman last night turned Cheney's words against him.....

I, vice president Cheney, am the most dishonest and reprehensible person in the White House and I am responsible for the soldiers being attacked --- with bombs and bullets. (something like this)

11:16 AM  
Blogger don dzikowski said...

A very enjoyable read, JABBS.
It is a scary environment nonetheless when sarcasm proves more effective at exposing the truth about Cheney than a factual statement from a grizzled member of congress.
The Bushie-Republican play on the Dems in taking their comments about Sadaam completely out of context is completely diversive, disrespectful and dishonest.
The practice is even destructive because it tramples upon the very notion of HONEST debate upon which the bedrock of this government was founded.
And there's no end to it.
I almost drove my car off the road yesterday when I heard McClellan on the radio compare long-time respected U.S. house member and Vietnam War Hero John Murtha with Michael Moore.
Without getting into the merits of Moore -- let's remember it is the McClellan crowd that demonized him in the first place -- the snip was completely unfair.
So, anyone who criticizes the Bush administration can expect nothing more than to be lambasted with unfair names and associations.
The Bush Administration sadly enough does not resemble a true leadership. If it did, it would alternatively acknowledge such criticisms as an invitation to an open and honest debate on the Iraq issue with the opposing side to find a middle ground to solve problems and create a better Democracy for all of us.
Of course, the Bush Administration won't even acknowledge that there is a problem. As JABBS has pointed out time and time again, the administration listens to nobody but itself. Instead of honest and open debate, we get name calling and distortions of the truth.
The fundamental problem with the Bush Administration comes into even shaper focus.
Most of the people cannot accept this kind of leadership. In exhaustion and frustration, they turn to The Daily Show for a bit of respite.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous texpatriot2004 said...

Recommend for Jon Stewart...he is superb. Go Jon.

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Kber said...

Cool - I TiVo jon - he's on past my bedtime so I'm looking forward to watching it when I'm done with work.

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Ysolde said...

Recommended for Jon...
He's been the only voice out there actually doing the journalists' work.

And, he has me in stitches while doing it!


2:02 PM  
Anonymous xxqqqzme said...

the giant slot machine, finally putting those screens 2 good use, was hysterical. I had tears running down my face. The giant slot machine needs 2 be used again...not very often but it was good.

I have been watching the Colbert Report and noticed the auience does not seem 2 'get' Colbert dead-pan satire. I'm guessing he is channeling o'lielly/fux w/ all the 100 mph graphics and loudness. Colbert is doing his job toooo well. The audience is not responding at some of his more outlandish items. Last night Tim Robbins and Colbert could hardly keep from laughing @ each other thru the 'interview'.

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Beaverhausen said...

Yes- last nights show was one of the best

The end of a great day!

2:03 PM  
Anonymous welshTerrier2 said...

it was truly hilarious
i loved the slot machine motif !!!

Stewart's mumbling impersonation of Cheney was great too ...

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Art Durand aka Whitebear said...

Politicians have been more than ready to do or say anything to get elected and stay elected. Well, it seems that the american people are beginning to insist on truth and transperancy. Those politicians ready to provide those comoddities are the only ones with a real future and thanks to John Stewart and others of his ilk for helping to change the paradime

12:46 PM  
Anonymous BC Bud said...

The Dems should fire all their high priced PR hacks and just use clips from the daily show for their TV spots. Nothing sells like humour.

2:36 PM  

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