Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart tonight targeted President Obama for his reaction to major administration scandals in the past week. Stewart ridiculed the president for supposedly learning the details of the scandals only when they became public knowledge.
Stewart found it odd that Obama did not discover that the IRS was targeting Tea Party groups and the Justice Department seizing journalists’ phone records from, say, people inside the government, instead of the news media.
Stewart noted that at Obama’s big press conference on Monday, there was a “question limit of one, total, from the entire American press corps,” but a reporter smartly exploited a loophole by asking four questions within the same question.
Obama began his answer explaining that he learned about IRS targeting from news reports.
Stewart mocked the blasé manner in which Obama answered the question, and pointed out that this is not the first time Obama has claimed to find out news at the same time as the rest of us.
Stewart highlighted how Obama said the same thing about the Fast & Furious ATF gun-running scandal, and when a low-flying plane freaked out everyone in New York City. White House spokesman Jay Carney also admitted Obama found out about the Justice Department seizing Associated Press phone records from news reports.
Stewart quipped, “I wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama learned Osama bin Laden had been killed when he saw himself announce it on television.”
Stewart then brought on correspondent John Oliver, who explained how Obama shouldn’t have had the British prime minister at his press conference yesterday if he wanted a distraction from the press scrutiny. Instead, he should have palled around with Prince Harry.
Watch the video below, courtesy of Comedy Central: