Oct. 16, 2012 at 10:42 AM ET
“The Daily Show” traditionally is a Monday-Thursday operation, taking Fridays off and enjoying a long weekend every week. Nice work if you can get it. But one of the drawbacks is that it took an extra-long time to get Jon Stewart’s reaction to the Vice Presidential Debate that took place last week.
We finally got that on Monday, and it’s safe to say that Stewart was happier with Joe Biden’s performance than he was with Barack Obama’s the week before. The vice president was on top of his game, aggressively stating the administration’s accomplishments and swooping in to correct any of challenger Paul Ryan’s mistakes.
“Who are you and what have you done with Crazy Joe Biden?” Stewart said. “Not only was Biden not his lovable, gaffe-tastic caricature, he must have recently upped his Adderall prescription because he was fact-checking this debate in real time!”
Biden wouldn’t have been Biden had he not been combative, and he took every opportunity to accuse Ryan of lying short of saying “lying.” Perhaps he knew that Mitt Romney had that word in Debate Bingo and wanted to keep him from winning.
Stewart was a big fan of Biden’s phrase, “With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey.”
“That’s a weird combination of gangster and old-timey Irish colloquialism. Like ‘Goodfellas’ meets ‘The Quiet Man,'" he said.
The folks at Fox News, of course, did not agree with that assessment, and the “Daily Show” showed an assortment of clips in which its news team questioned Biden’s approach. One even used Biden as a clinic of what not to do if you were a 60-something man looking for a date, which may say something about that network’s target audience.
“Yep, fellas. If you’re going a-courtin' and you want to turn off women, act like Biden,” Stewart said. “Of course, if you’re looking to keep women alive and healthy, you might want to focus more on what he was saying, vis-a-vis health insurance and Medicare.”
“So to sum up Fox’s post-debate coverage, Joe Biden was an angry, demented, abusive, drunk old crazy person ... who mopped the floor with our guy,” he added.
Meanwhile on "The Colbert Report," Stephen Colbert focused on the Nobel Peace Prize, which the Norwegian Nobel Committee kept close to home and awarded to the European Community. He was less than impressed: “Oh what a shock! Congratulations, Europe! You gave yourself the Nobel Peace Prize!”
Predictably, Colbert wanted to see it awarded to another nation, one that is perhaps more active in the world’s hot spots and friendlier to comedic conservative talk show hosts.
“How about one for the United States of America? I don’t know about you, but I seem to remember someone putting an end to a couple of dust-ups that Europe started,” Colbert said. “What were they called again? Oh yeah, World War I and World War II. No biggie. Oh, and who spent billions on military bases all over Europe to keep the Communists from boot-stomping your waffle stands and Vespa dealerships. Oh yeah, we did.”