The Daily Show: May 8, 2006
"Director's Cut": More shake-ups in the White House... Porter Goss just resigned from his position, after only 19 months. Bush briefly praised him, saying, "He's led ably." Michael Brown got "heckuva job" and George Tenet got a Presidential Medal of Freedom but Goss only got "led ably"?! "That guy must've sucked." Bush picked Michael Hayden to take over Goss' position, calling him "the right man to lead the CIA at this critical moment in our nation's history". And if that sounds remarkably familiar (although I'm not quite sure how anyone could instantly recall), it's because Bush said the same thing when he picked Goss to take the job. Nice.
Senior Intelligence Correspondent Samantha Bee went over the whole alleged turf battle/hookers thing. I spent most of this part thinking about how great Samantha Bee still looks. That's the celebrity mom everyone should be admiring.
"Poll Smoking with Dave Gorman": Obesity. It's an epidemic so huge it has its own zip code (insert an obnoxious "OH SNAP!"). The statistics are alarming... 65% of Americans are overweight, 31% are obese, 90% believe America has a weight issue, and 28% have appeared as headless fat people on TV reports about obesity. There were quite a few funny jokes in this segment (three possible reasons as to why obesity is getting worse, but life expectancy is still increasing: 10 people 8000 years-old are throwing the average... Or 8 people 10000 years-old... Or maybe even one 80000 year-old man), but Gorman's delivery still hasn't reached TDS-perfection... At least he's not as annoying as Bakkedahl or Jones (sorry).
The night's guest was David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker. He's just released a collection of his articles in a hardcover called Reporting. So, if your Remnick paper clippings have been yellowing, you're in luck. Remnick and Jon talked about, of course, the press and the theatrics involved in White House press briefings (all for show, Remnick said).
Jon/Stephen: Again, no segue. Sad. But, Colbert had good reason to not do it because he had to tape The Colbert Report early to attend he "Time 100" reception. Moment of Zen: The Hong Kong Bun Festival. Whoa.