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Last night, Jon Stewart kicked off The Daily Show with an update on Operation Fast and Furious. Left and right, conservative pundits are comparing Obama’s use of executive privilege to Watergate.
During one interview, Texas Governor Rick Perry declared that there was something very “Nixonian” about Obama’s behavior. “What are you accusing the president of?” the interviewer asked. “I don’t’ know! That’s the issue!” replied Perry.
“You gotta wonder how this guy ended up executing so many people,” Stewart mused.
Stewart expressed that he tends to be generally against the overuse of executive privilege. However, it seems like Dick Cheney isn’t. In one clip, the former vice president defended the Bush administration’s use of executive privilege. Looks like both sides seem to view executive privilege as a valuable power administered to someone they voted for…and no one else.
However, Stewart soon moved on to more pressing matters: weiners. Hebrew National Company is currently facing a class action suit, claiming that its hot dogs and other meat products aren’t 100 percent kosher (meaning not kosher at all).
He then reenacted a horrifying skit featuring two Kosher frank parents presiding over an age-old Jewish ritual with their newborn son: a hotdog circumcision. But with Stewart as the physician, things went horribly awry. As mustard squirted across the stage, the audience was offered yet another reason to never eat hot dogs again.
Continuing on the theme of phallic-centered comedy, Stewart’s guest for the evening was Family Guy creator Seth McFarland. McFarland’s latest project, Ted, is perhaps the only movie featuring a Teddy bear using a urinal. The story chronicles the evolution of one man’s relationship with his best friend. While the bear begins the movie as a pristine stuffed animal, he quickly matures into a dirty-talking, sex-obsessed bro with a penchant for beer and hookers.
McFarland recalled how crazy he felt proposing the idea of Mark Wahlberg, who stars in the film. “You have to be drunk to make a call like that,” he said.
Switching from cartoon characters to live actors also required an adjustment for McFarland. “I’m used to working with characters who won’t get drunk and go off on rants about the Jews,” he said. ” Sometimes you have to worry about that with live actors.”
Stewart laughed and nodded in agreement. “I didn’t see that one coming, but I’m sure it’s true,” he said.