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The March 4, 2013 episode of The Daily Show discussed the sequester, Mitt Romney’s and Dennis Rodman’s recent television interviews and Paul Rudd as Sandra Day O’Conner.
The episode began with Jon Stewart not having his pen to doodle with during the opening. He asked what happened to the federal grant for pens he had which led him into a discussion of the sequester. Everyone had said that the sequester would not happen since the consequences were so bad and no one would be willing to face them. However, they forgot, Stewart said, how incompetent the country’s leadership is. They could have just said, never mind, we will not have the consequence, but they did not. As an example of how much stress the leadership is under, Stewart played a clip of President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner making mistakes in their speeches. Obama said he did not have a “Jedi mind meld” with the Republican party and Boehner said that taxes were stealing from the people. Stewart then wondered whose slip would get the most attention and Obama’s did, of course.
The second segment focused on Mitt Romney’s and Dennis Rodman’s recent interviews. Romney’s interview was his first after losing the election and Rodman’s was his first after returning from his visit to North Korea. Stewart jumps back and forth between the two when one gets too ridiculous, but for the sake of clarity I will start with Romney’s and move on to Rodman’s. Romney’s interview focused on his life after the election. Romney talked about spending time with his grandchildren using language that sounded very strange (a large part of what Stewart made fun of). Romney also said that his campaign’s biggest mistake was not getting the message out to poor and minority voters. Stewart then brought up the 47 percent speech and said that the issue was his message being caught out. Romney’s response to the topic was that when you are talking in private you are not really thinking about how it sounds to the public. Stewart pointed out that Romney was not in private. He was in a banquet. In Rodman’s interview, Rodman said a lot of crazy stuff about North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong-un. He called Kim a great guy, very humble and compared North Korea’s prison camps to the United States president having sex with an intern.
The guest for this episode was Paul Rudd promoting his film, Admission. Rudd showed up with his beard from Anchorman since they are currently filming the sequel. They briefly talked about how great a film with Rudd and Tina Fey would be, but quickly moved on to another topic. Stewart asked if, since she would be on the show the next day, Rudd would pretend to be Sandra Day O’Conner so Stewart could practice. The rest of the interview was hilarious. Paul Rudd is awesome at improve. The rest of the interview fit the description “blah” pretty well, but Rudd’s interview was brilliant. I really recommend watching that.