Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, January 25, 2012
During the opening segment of The Daily Show last night, host Jon Stewart dissected the testimony of outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before the House and Senate Foreign Relations Committees Wednesday on the supposed failures of the State Department to prevent the attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on September 11th, 2012.
The segment, dubbed “Grill Hill,” even included a graphic of Hillary’s face superimposed on actress Uma Thurman’s body from the poster for the movie “Kill Bill.”
Stewart started the segment by noting that Clinton was supposed to have testified last month but was unable to because of the “Benghazi flu” that ultimately turned out to be a blood clot in her brain.
“As there can be no doubt that what motivated Hillary’s platelets to coagulate in her neural capillaries was ‘fear of the uncomfortable primate-like queries of Republican lawmakers,” Stewart quipped.
He also mocked the committees (and in particular, its Republican members) for repeatedly asking Secretary Clinton whether she saw the cables sent to her by Ambassador Stevens warning of the attack in the weeks before the September attack.
“Yes, they should have,” Stewart commented in response to the State Department’s failure to review the cables before the attack. “And that concludes the House and Senate Joint No-s**t Sherlock committee hearings.”
Leaving no stone unturned, Stewart then took the opportunity to mock the multiple occasions in which Democratic lawmakers loaded mounds of platitudes on the outgoing Secretary of State.
“You have represented our country with tremendous strength and poise,” Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) commented during the hearings. Her sentiments were also echoed by Reps. Elliot Engel (D-N.Y.), and Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), and Christopher Coons (D-Del.) among others.
One freshman Congresswoman, Grace Meng of New York, even asked Clinton for advice during the hearings. “Do you have any advice for a fellow New Yorker finding her way in this town? Please let me know,” Meng said.
Stewart’s response to the heaps of praise: “Even Paula Abdul is watching this going Jesus go a little harder on her!”
And, of course, the comedian wrapped up the segment with an analysis of Hillary’s “What difference does it make?” quip and the many Fox News hosts (including Stewart’s all-time favorite target, Bill O’Reilly) who went after the former first lady for that statement.
All in all, the segment provided an informative, as well as comical, summary of what perspired on Capitol Hill Wednesday, and what we won’t be missing once Clinton leaves her post in the next few weeks.
You can watch the full segment here.