Stewart: Screw Perspective, This Is Great

'The Daily Show' host is nothing but gleeful over bin Laden's death
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2011 6:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – Jon Stewart is positively gleeful over the death of Osama bin Laden, and he's not at all interested in "perspective." All he wants are details, details, details. Of course, the rest of the media are insistent on giving us perspective, and Stewart ran a montage of all their dire warnings last night. His response? "Yes, we shouldn't have killed him. Now the terrorists are gonna want to attack us! But you know what, even when they do, you know who won't see it? Bin Laden. Because we shot out his eyes, and now he lives in a pineapple under the sea!"

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Then he got serious: "I am way too close to this whole episode to be rational about this in any way, shape, or form. Last night was a good night," he said. And not just good for Stewart, but good for every human being. "The face of the Arab world in America's eyes for too long has been bin Laden, and now it is not. Now the face is only the young people in Egypt, and Tunisia, and all the Middle Eastern countries in the world where freedom rises up. Al-Qaeda's opportunity is gone," he said. "They have nothing. Can they still do damage? I'm sure. But we're back, baby." (Click to watch Stephen Colbert's similarly gleeful response.)

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