Real Time With Bill Maher

Season 5 Episode 14

May 25, 2007

Aired Friday 10:00 PM May 25, 2007 on HBO
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May 25, 2007
Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

This Friday, Bill welcomes:

* Ben Affleck, actor and Democratic fund-raiser.
* PJ O'Rourke, satirist and writer, and known as a libertarian-conservative.
* Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Presidential candidate for 2008, known for his anti-war stance.

And via satellite,
* Michael Moore, documentary film-maker whose new film, "Sicko" is about the broken medical system.moreless

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  • Bill welcomes Ben Affleck, PJ O'Rourke, interviews Michael Moore and has Presidential Candidate Ron Paul as guests.

    A real shame that the show doesn't return until August. This season finale was more entertaining that many of the finales I've seen (well except LOST which still was great).

    This time around Bill only had two people in his panel but that didn't stop the show from being great. Affleck has this look of being a total idiot with a handsome face but actually he lively in the debate.

    PJ O'Rourke, I don't know him but he also had many points.

    The interview that had my interest was Bill talking with Moore about his latest movie "Sicko". People bash Moore because according to them he skewers the facts but in this case I haven't one person ever come up with a solution for the health care issue. As Moore said which is a common fact other countries provide aid free of charge, but the US the dominate super power does not. Even then as Moore and others will tell you that doesn't mean you are totally covered by your plan. Regardless of the Moore bashers out this film is sure to be another feather in the cap of the acclaimed director.

    Another thing that was interesting was Bill and Affleck bashing the Democrats for backing down on their bill of Iraq. Nobody can say Bill plays it one, he criticizes both Republicans and Democrats and he with Affleck really took them down.

    Bill interviewed Presidential hopeful Ron Paul who as he said got the best ovation he's ever heard for a Republican on his show. LMAO.

    Bill also showed tape of how former NY Mayor Juliani was bashing the guy. I really can't believe Juliani's comment. He really is a hypocrite. Moore then ended the show with the popular New Rules segment and called it an end. An entertaining episode ending a great season.moreless

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    • Ron Paul: I think it's been known for quite a few decades that our foreign policy has what the CIA calls "blowback." It has unintended consequences. You can go back to 1953, when we put the Shah into power, or us supporting Osama bin Laden and radicalizing the Islamics to go after the Soviets.

    • PJ O'Rourke: There's one thing you must never, ever say about the Middle East: "It can't get worse."

    • Michael Moore: Why are we the only western, industrialized country that doesn't have free, universal health coverage? It's absolutely insane.

    • Bill Maher: New Rule: "The View" must be renamed, "Morning Cat Fight." Barbara, Joy, get out of the way and let these two have at it! I want to see Rosie introduce the Republican chick to lesbianism, the hard way. [slide of Rosie O'Donnell in dominatrix outfit from film, Exit to Eden]

      New Rule: Fashion and Wal-Mart don't mix. Wal-Mart's first attempt to sell designer clothing has been a huge flop. I wonder why. Oh, I know, because it's Wal-Mart. If your customers cared about fashion, they'd shop someplace classier, like the Salvation Army. The only fashion question a Wal-Mart shopper has is, "Can I get this in camouflage?" Okay, never mind. It's all right.

      New Rule: You don't have to email me the pictures of everything your baby has ever done. The first step, his first sand castle, his first date with Demi Moore... I don't care. I mean, how many times do I have to say it? That's not my baby, Angelina!

      New Rule: Rudy Giuliani has to bring the comb-over back. Americans haven't voted for a bald president since Eisenhower. Now, here's Rudy without the comb-over. [image of Nosferatu] And here he is with it! [image of John Edwards]

      And finally, New Rule: Jimmy Carter must be shipped off to Guantanamo Bay. Last weekend, former U.S. president and current Al Qaeda operative--Jimmy Carter, launched an unprovoked attack upon democracy itself by telling an Arkansas newspaper that the Bush Administration has been the worst in history. And people were shocked... Arkansas has newspapers?!

      But, once again, we were sucked into a phony controversy about who said what and how it hurts George Bush's feelings. Because when you hurt George Bush, you hurt America's feelings; and when you hurt America's feelings, you hurt the troops. And when that happens, Tinker Bell's light goes out and she dies.

      Now, as for Carter's assertion, I was up all night on Wikipedia doing an exhaustive study of former presidents. And while other presidents have sucked in their own individual ways, Bush is like a smorgasbord of "suck." He -- he combines the corruption of Warren G. Harding, the war-mongering of James Polk, and the abuse of power of Richard Nixon.

      Nixon got in trouble for illegally wiretapping Democratic headquarters. Bush is illegally wiretapping the entire country!

      Nixon opened up relations with the Chinese. Bush let them poison your dog.

      Herbert Hoover, who was literally named after a machine that sucks--sat on his ass through four years of Depression, but he was an actual engineer. And if someone told him about global warming, he would have understood it before the penguins caught on fire.

      Ulysses S. Grant let his cronies loot the republic, but he won his Civil War.

      Harding...Harding sucked, but he once said, "I am not fit for this office and never should have been here." So at least he knew he sucked. He never walked offstage like Bush does after one of his embarrassing, language-mangling press conferences--with that smirk on his face like, "Nailed it!" Or maybe that's just the look you get when you have a showdown with the Democrats, and you win. Like he just did with Iraq. You don't get to become the worst president ever without a little help from the other side.

      You know, I like Jimmy Carter, but when the -- when the Republican "fake outrage" machine pretended to be so upset at his remarks, Carter did what Democrats do, and backed down. He said his words were careless and misquoted, and the sun was in his eyes, and his hearing aid went out, and he was molested by a clergyman.

      Instead of looking them in the eye and saying, "No, I meant what I said because it's true! And speaking as the first citizen of Habitat for Humanity, let me take out my Jimmy Carter toolbox and build you a house where we can meet, and you can blow me."

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