”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???