The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Season 12 Episode 93

Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 PM Jul 23, 2007 on Comedy Central
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Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Tonight, astrophysicist and the host of the new PBS show NOVA ScienceNOW, Neil deGrasse Tyson. Jon begins tonight reporting on the short lived presidency of Dick Cheney last Saturday in a segment called "The Cheney Presidency Remembered". While Bush was undergoing a colonoscopy and had to be under anasthesia, Dick Cheney was President for 2 hours. Jon gives a blow by blow account of this event, taking us on a tour of Bush's colon and Cheney's short lived attempt to start another war. Senior Presidential Historian Samantha Kearns Bee talks about the history of this temporary transfer of power in her new book on the Cheney presidency called "Classified, Assified, or Grassified: Nobody Presides for Free, The Cheney Presidency". Jon then reports on the ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, who talked with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee via a 60" plasma television from Iraq in a continuing show segment called "Mess O' Potomac". Technical difficulties riddled the Senates attempt to talk with Crocker. Crocker summed up his update on Iraq in one word, fear. Finally, Jon talks about Bush's use of so-called experts in segment called "Expert Tease".moreless

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      • Jon Stewart: The President had five polyps removed from his lower intestine and here's the interesting part, they were removed for political reasons. Apparently these polyps were not 'Loyal Bushies' and had to be replaced by more appropriate die hard Republican polyps.

      • George W. Bush: (clip) I'm not an expert...I'm not an economist...I'm not a forecaster...I'm not a poll guy...I'm not a lawyer...I'm not a pundit...I'm not a very good focus group either.
        Jon Stewart: ...Mr. President, your not all of those things, what are you?
        George W. Bush: (clip) I'm a sunny guy.

      • Jon Stewart: Isn't that unknowable Neil? Isn't the trouble with your job the not knowing?
        Neil deGrasse Tyson: That is not the trouble, that is the seduction.
        Jon Stewart: You just blew my mind.

      • Neil deGrasse Tyson: You carve through what is known and you come to this precipice between what is known and unknown and that is where the research scientist lives, that is what excites the person to wake up and run to the office everyday.

      • Jon Stewart: Why is it when you talk about science I get horny?
        Neil deGrasse Tyson: It's exciting stuff.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Moment of Zen: Clip of CNN reporters laughing uncontrollably at a YouTube video and then saying that this will probably be a Daily Show Moment of Zen.

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