It’s not just Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart who can use conflicting clips to make a politician look silly.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Politico that President Barack Obama is “trying to pretend we are not at war,” and he claimed that Obama had banished the term “war on terror.” However, on Tuesday night, make-believe pundit Stephen Colbert showed a series of clips of Obama repeatedly referencing the war on terror, which clearly showed that Cheney’s assertions were false or that the current president is doing a terrible job pretending the U.S. isn’t at war.
Some critics might argue that Colbert did what Cheney’s Politico “stenographers” should have done in the first place.
“Man, he’s doing a worse job pretending we’re not at war than I am doing pretending he is not the president,” said Colbert Tuesday.
The American people are also pretending there is no war, according to Colbert. “It’s so easy when there’s no draft when no one has been asked to sacrifice anything other than our privacy, our right to habeas corpus and our full sized shampoo bottles,” he said.
“We need the president to tell us we’re at war!” demanded Colbert. Thankfully, “last Thursday he finally did again,” he noted.
“Let’s be clear about what this moment demands. We’re at war,” Obama said in his Thursday speech.
“Oh my God, we’re at war!” Colbert exclaimed.
But that wasn’t good enough for Colbert. “Yeah, does he mean it? I won’t believe it until I see him bludgeon a terrorist to death with his Nobel Peace Prize.”
This video is from Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, broadcast Jan. 12, 2010.