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Friday, February 24, 2006

Illinois, This is your Governor

While I would never pick on Illinois for Blago as long as Gov. Pitaki is in Albany, this is just too funny. Ill. Governor Confused by 'Daily Show' Bit
ST. LOUIS Feb 23, 2006 (AP)— Gov. Rod Blagojevich wasn't in on the joke. Blagojevich says he didn't realize "The Daily Show" was a comedy spoof of the news when he sat down for an interview that ended up poking fun at the sometimes-puzzled Democratic governor.

"It was going to be an interview on contraceptives … that's all I knew about it," Blagojevich laughingly told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in a story for Thursday's editions. "I had no idea I was going to be asked if I was 'the gay governor.'"

The interview focused on his executive order requiring pharmacies to fill prescriptions for emergency birth control.

Interviewer Jason Jones pretended to stumble over Blagojevich's name before calling him "Governor Smith." He urged Blagojevich to explain the contraception issue by playing the role of "a hot 17-year-old" and later asked if he was "the gay governor."

At one point in the interview, a startled Blagojevich looked to someone off camera and said, "Is he teasing me, or is that legit?"

The segment, which aired two weeks ago, also featured Illinois Republican Rep. Ron Stephens, a pharmacist who opposes the governor's rule. Stephens has said he knew the show was a comedy.

"I thought the governor was hip enough that he would have known that, too," Stephens said.

Okay, I can understand the Governor not knowing a thing about the Daily Show, but doesn't he have a staff? See the clip here


  • I can't believe it. He has the most spin-savvy staff ever. The only way I would believe that he didn't know is if they deliberately had kept it from him in case he said something stupid. But even then, I just don't buy that he didn't know.

    By Blogger Trope, at 9:13 PM  

  • I can't believe it either - considering its a show on COMEDY CENTRAL - and the show often leading into it is South Park or Drawn Together! Daily Show is a perfect opportunity to not only discuss the executive order to this audience, but also... nevermind.

    By Blogger Wells, at 3:31 PM  

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