Why is the president of Pakistan on Comedy Central?

”Why? Why he’s sitting there?” Daily Show host Jon Stewart wondered aloud about last night’s guest, General Pervez Musharraf, the president of Pakistan. Well, the easy answer seems to be, ”He is plugging his book,” but the two did have a relatively serious discussion (if not necessarily an interesting one — aside from viewers’ constant rubbing of the eyes and trying to comprehend the notion of the president of Pakistan appearing on Comedy Central). Musharraf also showed that he has a splendid sense of humor for a man in charge of country with arbitrary borders encompassing large tribes of people who don’t necessarily get along, and who seized his power in a coup.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spent some time yesterday hangin’ with MTV’s Gideon Yago. Her mission was clearly to help spread the Bush administration’s good word to the young people, many of whom could be seen putting down their bongs just long enough to change the channel over to Fuse.

The decision of these two high-ranking officials to take a briefjourney into pop culture land is not unprecedented. Why, who can forgetTeddy Roosevelt’s week-long stint hosting American Bandstand,or Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s playful guest appearances on Letterman? Butfor my money, where Musharraf and Condi (doesn’t that sound like theworst morning radio show host team of all time?) have gone wrong is bytrying to talk ”issues” with the kids.

Perhaps they should have taken a page out of Bill Clinton’s book(seriously, it was too long) and kept it simple: Boxers or briefs? Canyou play a hot lick on any sort of wind instrument? And OH YEAH DON’TTHESE TWO HAVE COUNTRIES TO RUN OR SOMETHING??? What about the terror?WHO IS MINDING THE TERROR???

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  • Aron

    “Condi” should be a guest on Stewarts show. That way he can grill her good. Even better, get Colbert to do it. Steve isnt afraid of saying anything to his guests and that would be amazing to see how she might react actually being questioned about something other than her dating life.

  • Beetle

    Heck, the terror seems to be pretty good at looking after itself.

  • Ep Sato

    Our leaders need to reach out to a bigger chunk of our society, and tv is still one of the best mediums for it. Clearly, all these folks have taken a page out of the Clinton book, who played sax on Arsenio before the MTV incident. Talking issues is cool, but don’t youth like to see their leaders doing the unexpected? Appearing on Jon Stewart is a good first step, but why not do a stint on Jackass? Or better yet, show us your hobbies! What if Condi is secretly a fan of Deathmetal? Some sort of psuedo reality segment with Condi meeting Metallica might be more fun than Condi chilling with the MTV reporters, and would probably come off just as serious…

  • Ron Mwangaguhunga

    Love to see Bibi Netanyahu on Stewart.

  • Dave

    Condi (or anyone in the Bush Administration) would NEVER appear on Stewart or Colbert’s shows because, despite the fact that they’re “fake journalists,” they’re the only ones in the media that have the guts to ask these leaders meaningful questions, call them out on their b.s., and hold them accountable for their poor decisions. It’s a sad sign that the only journalists doing their job right aren’t even real journalists.


    Musharraf’s a joke, so why not put him on a comedy show.

  • Denise

    Bibi was recently on Real Time With Bill Maher…..maybe he’ll grace the Daily Show soon,too.

  • sq

    Thank God for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

  • Miguel

    Actually Dave, Collin Powell was on the Daily Show earlier this year (or last year). One of the funniest moments was when John asked Powell if Bush knew who he was, to which Powell responded “not really”. Funny stuff.

  • Dave

    You’re right, Miguel, he was. But when Powell appeared on The Daily Show, he was no longer a part of the Bush Administration, having left in January 2005.

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