Wednesday night’s Daily Show opened with a discussion of Obama’s “concrete steps toward a world without nuclear weapons.” John Stewart discovers that it wasn’t a pie in the sky hippie statement, but a precursor to the recent signing of a Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev. He elaborates on this allegedly historic treaty, explaining how the parties involved: Agree to reduce number of nuclear warheads by thirty percent (aka a meager 1,550 weapons per country), and to limit their missile launchers to 800, and any long range missiles to 700. Further history was made with a declaration that the “U.S. will neither use nor threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear countries.” But, however promising this may sound, the U.S. made sure to reserve the right to make any necessary adjustments to the policy in the case of biological weapons threats, and to mention how it doesn’t apply to countries not in compliance with the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Later on in the show, he talks about the state of Virginia, where he went to college at William and Mary, and focuses on the story about Governor Bob Mcdonnell (R) issuing a proclamation that makes April into Confederate Appreciation Month. In his own best interest, Governor Mcdonnell made sure to apologize for ignoring slavery, admitting that he was “trying to keep the focus on the war aspect of it,” instead of the reasons why the war was fought in the first place.
David Remnick is the guest of the evening, discussing his new book “The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama.” He mentions how Michele Obama refused interviews, how he conducted most of them (and composed the book itself) in the wee hours of the night, and how ambition and self-confidence helped the Obama float to the top of government.