Friday, April 2, 2010

Jon Stewart on Sarkozy's US Visit

Here.

10 comments:

MYOS said...

Dear Art,
Please watch the "mon oeil" sequence here.
I am flabbergasted: is it new or has it always been like this? is it considered normal in France among the ruling class? (it sure wasn't talked about in the news, until that sequence) Am I naive to think that even our dysfunctional Senate hasn't reached that parody of a legislative process. I do get the sarcastic tone so even if I don't get everythingthe voice over states - the whole process looks like a scandal... it sounds like one of these fake democracies, especially at the end when the president's aide stands to watch that the vote "goes as it should".
http://13h15-le-samedi.france2.fr/

Unknown said...

MYOS, Where is the sequence? I don't want to watch 41 minutes of this to find it.

MYOS said...

Sorry - right at the beginning, it's the first 5mn or so.
It's called "mon oeil" and it's about a law deregulating online casinos.
Thank you very much - the whole segment takes place in Assémblée Nationale.

Unknown said...

Sorry, the clip is unavailable right now. I'll try again later.

Unknown said...

Sorry, MYOS, I've watched 10 mins of 3/23 and 4/3 and I don't see the sequence you're talking about. Maybe you could describe it.

MYOS said...

It's about the law on deregulating online gambling, the process at Asemblée Nationale - I don't think it's an April Fools'joke.
Found the segment online here:
http://tv.lepost.fr/2010/04/03/2017754_loi-sur-les-jeux-en-ligne-sarkozy-met-le-parlement-sous-tutelle-fullhdready.html

Unknown said...

OK, thanks, but who knows what's going on here. I couldn't tolerate the voice-over, so I didn't watch it all the way through. You want to see dysfunctionality, watch the US Senate.

Dan said...

Professor Goldhammer: I would appreciate your analysis on the Stewart clip. I saw it on television the other night and was quite appalled: I found Sarkozy's comments relatively tame and was surprised that a left-wing, presumably pro-Obama health care plan satirist would be react so harshly. Of course, I'm writing this from Canada, so my familiarity with American politics doesn't necessarily appreciate nuance. Any clarification you or your readers could provide would be appreciated.

Cheers,
Dan

Unknown said...

Dan, I think you need to appreciate the "second degree" nature of Stewart's send-up. The irony becomes apparent at the end, when John Olliver turns against the US, from his British perspective, the same hackneyed clichés that have been marshaled against the French. That said, Sarkozy's characterization of the US health care system as one in which the poor are left to die on the streets was a bit insensitive for a head of state. He should have said instead that the poor are left to die slowly in their homes of untreated chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

MYOS said...

He should have worded things better - today we got to hear a clip again "ça fait rien que 50 ans que nous on a trouvé la solution" was uncouth.
Some people told me they thought it was in poor taste for a Head of State to give in opinion on domestic affairs.
Stewart's was a send-up, clearly - both criticizing the sentence and making fun of the stereotypes around it. He at least discussed it...


Were you able to watch the Mon Oeil segment?
I was assured it is not an April Fool's joke.