Stewart: Obama Afghanistan speech channels Bush
President Obama’s speech on Afghanistan reminds The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart of another recent president — one whose name rhymes with push.
“We begin tonight in 2007,” Stewart intones. “A war in Iraq was going badly, so President Bush proposed a bold new strategy, a surge of nearly 30,000 troops. Flash forward to present day: the war in Iraq has stabilized but the war in Afghanistan is going badly. This time the problem be tackled by a bold leader with the audacity to change hope into what we were waiting for — yes we can! What shall his answer be?”
The screen cuts to Obama: “I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan.”
“What the — is 30,000 troops the military equivalent of two Advil?” Stewart quips. “Maybe he’s giving the same surge speech that Bush gave. No, that’s crazy, Jon. That can’t be happening. If that were the case he would open with some type of 9/11 reference.”
Obama again: “On September 11, 2001, 19 men hijacked four airplanes and used them to murder nearly 3,000 people.”
“At least Obama is not dipping into Bush’s well worn bucket o’ fear,” Stewart adds.
Obama returns to the screen. “I’m convinced that our security is at stake in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” he says. “Al Qaeda and other extremists seek nuclear weapons and we have every reason to believe they would use them. We have apprehended extremists from our borders sent here to commit new acts of terror.”
“If you are channeling Bush,” Stewart continues, “let’s hear some of that absolutist rhetoric. ‘Our cause is just, our resolve unwavering.'”
Obama appears on-screen again: “Our cause is just, our resolve unwavering.”
This video is from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, broadcast Dec. 2, 2009.