Musharraf on the Daily Show

Sunday 1st October 2006

Musharraf on the Daily Show

President Musharraf's trip to the US and the release of his new book is making waves everywhere. I was surprised to read that one of his planned appearances was as a guest on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show", hosted by Jon Stewart.

Musharraf drinks tea on the Daily Show
(click to download a 15MB MP4 footage of the episode)

I just love this show and was afraid the honorable President might fall victim to one of the show's gags, which can be quite brutal at times, but I think it went very well and he came out with his "dignity" intact. Jon, though curiously witty as usual, seemed to keep a certain level of respect and Musharraf's answers, though not the wittiest, were enough for him to deserve it.


On 2nd October 2006, at 12:20pm PKT, Waqas Toor said:

ok couldnt stop my self to comment on this ... first of all about the book ... a pathetic thing by Mush :) u know why dig into history and come out with any "IN RULE" president of Pakistan or any country who had time to write books ???? ... ive heard and read about after retirement or after rule or after death books came out in the scene ... lame excuses about AQ and other decisions ... and about that show ... its same like taking bush to some UMAR SHREEF's program and let umar play some jokes on bush ... come on he is a presedent of some country( Pakistan) what is "dignity" had to do with comedy show .. it sucks :(

any ways couldnt keep my mouth shut for that ... pathetic President

On 3rd October 2006, at 07:33am PKT, J. David Beutel said:

I hold The Daily Show in high regard, and was impressed to see President Musharraf on it. It elevated my impression of him.

On 3rd October 2006, at 11:14am PKT, Sajjad said:

Waqas, though the Daily Show is on Comedy Central, you can't compare it to an Umar Shreef show. It is more of a humorous news program or talk show rather than a slapstick comedy. Anwar Maqsood would be a more appropriate comparison than Umar Shreef.

Anyway, the fact that the Daily Show has a large audience makes this a good PR move, regardless of Musharraf's intentions or whether he is right or wrong. A bad decision would have been to go on a show such as Jerry Springer.

On 22nd October 2006, at 23:06pm PKT, saira said:

is this goddam site being run by Mushu's chamchas?? coudlnt any of u run a deeper analysis of the situation here? r President is appearing on the DAILY SHOW! he's writing books about his goddam dates and selling goddam autobiographies which have probably been written by his sect. as a PR stunt! he's stayed in America on the state's budget PROMOTING his (story) book... it probably cost us billions of dollars since he was stayin in the Monte Carlos of USA! r goddam president is such a sell-out! and all u guys can say is "not bad... good interview... atleast it wasnt JERRY SPRINGER"

On 22nd October 2006, at 11:35pm PKT, Sajjad said:

Dear Saira, thank you for sharing your thoughts, though there is no need to use abusive language. No, I'm not "Mushu's Chamcha" as you put it. If I was, your post would have been deleted by now (together with Waqas's) and I wouldn't be replying to it. If you go through the blog, you'll find a number of criticisms of the government and its policies. But anything that paints this country in a positive light should be highlighted. Actually, I was going to post about a speech made by a student recently that was equivalent to a slap on the Pres's face and which I totally agreed with.

No doubt that this trip's expenses should be accounted for and it is quite obvious that it was a PR stunt at the tax-payer's expense, but that doesn't mean we can ignore any positive outcomes from it. Our pre-Musharraf prime ministers made similar trips that cost us God knows how much, without improving the nation's standing in any way. At least this had some trickle down effect in improving our image. And not all comments, such as my last one, are meant to be taken seriously so please chill.

On 9th April 2007, at 00:23am PKT, Muhammad Iqbal said:

Subject: Justification of the Decision made by Immigration &Passport Directorate.
Bahrain defence forces

First of all I would like to salute your courage, Justice, Strong determination to fight against terrorism and above all Leadership quality.

With due respect I beg to state the following few lines for your kind consideration and favourable action.

I appeared before the Bahrain Defence Forces Selection team for interview on 16th December,2006 through Shaheen Foundation PAF Pakistan. After interview I have been Finally selected for employment with Headquarter Bahrain Defence Forces. I have signed agreement and fulfil all the necessary requirements followed by medical fitness report. I have been considered myself as the luckiest man after my selection and waiting for departure, when all of a sudden I received a telephone Call from Shaheen Foundation PAF that your name has been cancelled by Immigration & Passport Directorate Bahrain without giving any reason.

I was not prepared to listen such shocking news, as I have done a lot and fully prepared to serve in BDF.Shaheen Foundation PAF is making lame excuses by saying that correspondence with Bahrain Defence Forces is in process. If it is so, then why they return our documents.
Sir, I have gone through the list and came to conclusion that Immigration &
Passport Directorate has cancelled the name of those candidates who resemble with Shiah Sect by their names because during interview sect either Shiah or Sunni remain their focal point.
The name of refusal candidates ( 14 or 16 ) that I could hardly remember are :
9. Fazal Hussain
10. Basharat Ali
11. Muhammad Waseem Hassnain
12. Haq Nawaz Haider
13. Ghulam Hussain
14. Zulfiqar Ali
15. Naeem Hussan
16. Muhammad Iqbal s/o Ali Asghar

Sir, decision on the basis of such presumption is not only unfair but unjust.

I solemnly affirm and declare that I am “ SUNNI ” and belongs to “ SUNNI ” family.

I am very optimistic and believe that every failure is a stepping stone toward victory. But one must know the cause of his failure, so that he may not come across such difficulties and hurdle in his future life.
The breach of contract by Bahrain defence forces due to this very reason is a blot
On the fair name of our country. What will be the compensation of economical loss, wastage of time and moral break down.

We belong to the country which came into being on the Islamic ideology. Being Nuclear and Missile capable country , By the grace of ALMIGHTY ALLAH we can lead the Islamic Ummah under the able Leadership of our great leader General Pervez Musharaf.
Please justify.

Looking forward for your kind consideration
Thanking You.

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On 21st August 2008, at 18:19pm PKST, Great said:

Which current leader would have the guts or the wits to go and do such a thing? Only Musharraf could pull it off. The rest of the retards would make a fool of themselves and their country.

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