The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Season 12 Episode 103

Tal Ben-Shahar

Aired Weekdays 11:00 PM Aug 09, 2007 on Comedy Central
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Tal Ben-Shahar
Tonight, psychologist and author of Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment, Tal Ben-Shahar. Jon begins tonight reporting on the recent FOX News interview of President Bush with Neil Cavuto in a segment called "President Bush: In His Own Words". Jon pokes fun at all the nonsensical ways Bush tries to get his point across and his attempt to explain to us, 'in other words', how he thinks. Finally, Jon reports on Mitt Romney's five sons who have decided to forego military service for a more nobler cause, getting their dad elected in a segment called "Mess O' Poromnia". Senior Campaign Embedder Aasif Mandvi reports from Iowa about the five brothers struggle.moreless

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Jon Stewart: Here is the thing Mr. President. People that use the phrase 'in other words' think you don't understand what they are saying. We understand what you're saying. The look on our face isn't confusion ... it's disbelief. In other words, we understand, we just don't f#cking get it!

      • President Bush (clip): We've got a bigger enemy than name-callers. That's Al Qaeda. And people losing their jobs.
        Jon Stewart: Oh my God! We're now fighting Al Qaeda and the unemployed! They're everywhere! My God! Luckily, Al Qaeda is hiring.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Jon Stewart: These brothers are fubar, man!

        "Fubar" is a military acronym that stands for "f***ed up beyond all recognition." It has been used in war movies like Full Metal Jacket and Saving Private Ryan.

      • Aasif Mandvi: A hard rain is gonna fall, Jon.

        "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" is a Bob Dylan song from his second album, 1962's The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. It has been covered by many artists, including Pete Seeger and Joan Baez.

      • Jon Stewart: Who are they, these brand of brothers?

        A play on the phrase "band of brothers," which is from Shakespeare's Henry V. King Henry V describes his bond with his troops by saying, "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers . . ." Band of Brothers is the title of a Stephen Ambrose book about the Easy Company regiment and their experiences in World War II. The book also inspired a miniseries of the same name, produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

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