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Stewart Blasts GOP Outrage Over bin Laden Ad

Presents ad as Bush would have run it
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2012 4:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – Jon Stewart's explanation for Republicans' attacks on President Obama's Osama bin Laden ad: They must be on crack. "Republicans, you are annoyed by the arrogance and braggadocio of a wartime president’s political ad?" he asked on last night's Daily Show. "Were you alive lo these past 10 years? It seems unseemly for the president to spike the football." But when "Bush landed on a f***ing aircraft carrier" in Iraq, "he spiked the football before the game had even started."

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Stewart showed clips of George W. Bush backers—and Bush 43 himself—making similar attacks on John Kerry that echoed the Obama ad's attacks on Mitt Romney. Finally, Stewart agreed with Republicans that the ad was "a little bit of a cheap shot, but the only reason you are pissed is that you didn’t get to run it." He offered an amusing sample of how such an ad would have looked had Bush killed bin Laden, including lines like "vengeance is a dish best served barbecued" and "I got him! That's right, me. George W. bin Laden Killer Bush!" (Read more Jon Stewart stories.)

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