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Obama Defends Libya Response on "The Daily Show"

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- President Obama Thursday defended his handling of the deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, rejecting the notion that his administration was “confused” in the wake of the assault.
“We weren't confused about the fact that four Americans had been killed, I wasn't confused about the fact that we needed to ramp up diplomatic security around the world right after it happened, I wasn't confused about the fact that we had to investigate exactly what happened so it gets fixed and I wasn't confused about the fact that we were going to hunt down whoever did it and bring them to justice,” Obama told Jon Stewart in a taped appearance on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.
Republican nominee Mitt Romney has criticized the president for not being straightforward with the American people about the attack and for failing to provide adequate security. “Every piece of information that we get, as we got it we laid it out to the American people. The picture eventually gets fully filled in,” Obama said.
Stewart pressed the president repeatedly on his administration’s changing accounts of what led to the attack, suggesting the response was not “optimal.”
“If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal,” Obama said. “We’re going to fix it. All of it. And what happens, during the course of a presidency, is that the government is a big operation and any given time something screws up. And you make sure that you find out what’s broken and you fix it.”
“Whatever else I have done throughout the course of my presidency the one thing that I’ve been absolutely clear about is that America’s security comes, and the American people need to know exactly how I make decisions when it comes to war, peace, security, and protecting Americans. And they will continue to get that over the next four years of my presidency,” he said.
The full interview with the president aired Thursday night on The Daily Show.

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Jon Stewart Advises Ron Paul on How to Get More Media Attention

Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central(NEW YORK) -- The Daily Show host Jon Stewart offered some advice Monday night to Rep. Ron Paul on how he can gain traction with the media: become a flip-flopper.

Stewart also suggests gaining several hundred pounds and renting a really swanky tour bus.

The comedian was obviously poking fun at all the gushing media attention paid to Mitt Romney, Chris Christie and Sarah Palin while virtually ignoring Paul’s perennial third place in national poll.  Despite that, Paul remains upbeat.

“I believe we are on an explosion of interest,” said Paul.

The U.S. Congressman from Texas was marking his first appearance this campaign season on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

At a breakfast last Wednesday morning sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor, Paul said he was appreciative of the publicity that Stewart has been giving to his campaign.

“[Stewart] really made our case,” Paul said.

Stewart’s vocal support started after the Ames Straw poll, when most media organizations virtually ignored Paul’s strong second place finish.

“How did libertarian Ron Paul become the 13th floor in a hotel?” Stewart said at the time.

Paul later thanked Stewart for the onslaught of media coverage that followed.

“Isn’t it great that somebody like that comes to defend us?” he said.

Stewart again mentioned adoration for Paul’s consistency in the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine.  In the article, Stewart notes that it’s impossible to produce a video of Paul contradicting himself on issues.

“[Paul's] been consistent over the years,” Stewart said.  “You may disagree with him, but at least you can respect that the guy has a belief system he’s engaged in and will defend.”

Monday’s appearance marked the third time Paul has appeared on The Daily Show.

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Jon Stewart, Bill O'Reilly Spar over 'Common' Controversy

Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jon Stewart, the host of The Daily Show, and Fox host Bill O'Reilly, don’t see eye to eye on much, including the recent invitation by the White House to the rapper Common to appear at a poetry event.

Stewart and O'Reilly clashed over this issue Monday night on Fox, with O'Reilly charging that the White House's invitation to the rapper was improper because of a song he wrote 11 years ago about a fugitive convicted of murdering a state trooper in 1973.

"I am saying that when a president invites someone, in this case the First Lady, the resume has to be put in front of them and they have to select someone who is almost unimpeachable," O'Reilly charged.

“He's not celebrating the killing but someone unjustly charged,” Stewart argued about the controversial song.

"Bob Dylan wrote a song about a convicted killer named Hurricane Carter. He's been to the White House. Why are you drawing the line at Common? There is a selective outrage machine here at Fox." Stewart said.

Stewart argued that by O'Reilly’s standard, any musician who has written a song about people convicted of murder -- including Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Bono, and Bruce Springsteen -- couldn’t be guests at the White House.

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Jon Stewart Revives Rick Santorum's 'Google Problem'

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, who turned 53 on Tuesday, is trending high in the Google-sphere, but not for the reasons he’d like.

Daily Show host Jon Stewart revived Santorum’s so-called “Google problem” Monday night on his show, encouraging viewers to search ‘Rick Santorum’ and see what they find.

The top results are a less than flattering mix of links to web sites that associate his name with a sex act.

“Santorum might as well change his last name to lemon party,” joked Stewart.

The search results have been the fixation of gay rights advocates since 2003, when blogger Dan Savage mobilized online supporters to create a new definition for Santorum after he publicly compared gay sex to pedophilia and bestiality.

Using a network of cross links and by driving up “clicks,” the activists have succeeded in keeping their definition at the top of search returns.

“There's no better way to memorialize the Santorum scandal than by attaching his name to a sex act that would make his big, white teeth fall out of his big, empty head,” Savage said at the time.

Santorum, who has said he believes homosexuality will “undermine the fabric of our society,” has acknowledged the controversy but sought to downplay its significance.

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