Jon Stewart Hits Obama Over Indefinite Military Detentions

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December 8, 2011 5:11 a.m.

It’s not often that Jon Stewart aims his wrath at President Obama. The president has been a guest on The Daily Show. Stewart has called him “dude.”

But on Wednesday, Stewart took aim at a Senate defense spending bill that would allow indefinite military detentions of terror suspects. And he was shocked Democrats and Republicans each had 30 minutes to lay out their arguments for or against the bill.“For the debate on eliminating one of the most basic protections of citizenship, we require at least the running time of 2 Broke Girls, including commercials,” Stewart said. “This is not a banana republic.”

The White House is threatening to veto the bill, but not for the reason you may think, Stewart said. “Obama is going to veto this thing, not because he objects to the executive branch having near infinite power to detain whoever it wants, but because he objects to the executive not having totally infinite power,” he said.

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