On Monday’s edition of “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart had a look at the presidential candidates’ attempts to pander to Latinos, who are a key constituency in this year’s election. To set up the discussion, Stewart introduced the topic as a telenovela, or Spanish-language soap opera, entitled “Los Panderos,” in which he contrasted two speeches, one by President Barack Obama (D) and one by presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R).
The way one greets a constituency one hopes to woo is crucial. First up, said Stewart, Mitt Romney’s strangely over-enunciated reminder to his audience that we live in the “U-NI-TED States of America,” which Stewart said reminded him of someone addressing a room where he’s not sure everyone speaks English.
“Are you COM-FORT-ABLE in your CHAIR-OH?” he deadpanned, then rolled a clip of President Obama smoothly rattling off Spanish phrases at the beginning of his own speech to a group of Latino voters.
“Now we know why the economy isn’t doing so well,” Stewart said, “He’s spent the last three years doing ‘Rosetta Stone’ tapes.”
Team Obama took the round.
Next up, President Obama thanked Labor Secretary Hilda Solis for introducing him, but Romney’s speech featured a shout-out to his father, who was born in Mexico to American parents.
“Ding ding ding ding ding ding!” Stewart cried, “My dad was Mexican-ish!”
Round two? Team Romney.
The third and final round, the Legislative Pandering round, pitted Obama’s decision to make an end-run around the deadlocked Congress and propose legislation that would allow the children of undocumented immigrants legal status in our society against Romney’s vague promise of a permanent answer to what he called the president’s “temporary” executive order. Stewart compared the promise to a tattoo that a U.S. college student would get on a Mexican spring break bender.
“You don’t know what it is,” he said, “You don’t know if you like it yet. But it is permanent. Romney 2012!”
Watch the clip, embedded via Comedy Central, below: