‘Talk is cheap’ — Jon Stewart weighs in on Obama trip

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Jon Stewart was really funny last night, and then he wasn’t. On the first night of Passover, after giving Obama some matzoh advice, he lambasted him, mocking the president’s Jerusalem speech and his appeal to Israelis for a Palestinian state. 

An American president sketching out a path to an Israeli state, a Palestinian state. Why did no one think of this sooner?

Haaretz explains:

He went on to show footage of former U.S. presidents making similar assertions, including Geroge W. Bush Jr. in 2007, Bill Clinton in 1998 and George W Bush Sr. in 1991, before shouting out “We are f***ng powerless,” and pulling out a one dollar bill with a talking George Washington also repeating the two-state message.

“The point is this: Talk is cheap, and we have done that for years, so call me when there is actually some diplomatic progress,” Stewart said

I loved the talking money!

Alas, in the following segment, Stewart’s humor comes at the expense of nine human rights activists, 8 Turkish and 1 American, whose lives were brutally cut short by an Israeli attack on board the Mavi Marmara in 2010. Prior to Stewart’s humorous exchange with comedian Barack Atah Adonai he played a news clip that characterized Netanyahu’s apology to Turkey as “mistakes that lead to the death of activists on a flotilla.” The execution style killings that led to their deaths were not merely a matter of unintentional “mistakes.” A lost opportunity indeed.  Instead of picking up on this sinister twist of logic Stewart completely brushed off the killings and offered his audience a startled deer in the headlights expression with subsequent remarks suggesting no one had ever even heard of events on board the Mavi Marmara.  “Wait, what? Obama brokered a peace agreement between Israel and Turkey, two countries no one knew was fighting?”

We knew Jon, and yes it is still a big deal.

(Hat tip Mondoweiss commenter Citizen)

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