The Daily Show: August 9, 2007
"Mess O' Poromnia": Ahh! "The fightin' fifth!" Jon made a Colbert Report reference. I think that's the first time they've done that in non-visual graphic form. Also, I applaud Jon for managing to work in the word "FUBAR". Mitt Romney may have come off as a bit of a jackass when using a goofy excuse to defend his sons' decision to not serve in the military, but the boys themselves have charmed FOX News with their squeaky clean Mormon ways. However, they weren't afraid to get a little wild and crazy with their snack foods. They had Ruffles in their bus! RUFFLES, the chip for rebels. Senior Campaign Embedder Aasif Mandvi joined in very, very briefly to talk about how the Romney boys' support for the country is the near equivalent of serving in the military. Iowa's a major shithole, apparently.
The night's guest was Tal Ben-Shahar, Harvard professor and author of Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment. Jon seemed quite persistent in trying to get Ben-Shahar to 'fess up and admit that his teachings are completely ridiculous, but I thought Ben-Shahar held his own pretty well and the interview was quite interesting. He also managed to share enough about his class to get me interested in taking some classes at Harvard. Because it's that easy.
Jon/Stephen: Stephen Colbert likes to have fun with anagrams (for example, "Joe Biden" can also be "I need job"). Moment of Zen: Bush knows that the words of a president need to mean something. He says he knows, anyway.