Episode 7057 (5/2/2011) – Francis Fukuyama

Colbert Report Episode Guide 150pxEPISODE NUMBER: 7057 (May 2, 2011)
GUESTS: Richard Haass, Francis Fukuyama
SEGMENTS: Long-Awaited “We Got Bin Laden” Party, Carefree Pre-9/11 World, Relations with Pakistan – Richard Haass
VIDEOS: Monday, May 2, 2011

Well hey there, Zoners! We’re all caught up on past episode guides, so now we’re hopefully back to getting these posted in a little more timely manner. And I have to say, this is one show I thought I’d never see — the “We Got Bin Laden!” episode. I enjoyed watching Stephen do a table of contents for the show-that-might’ve-been, but of course there was no way he was going to talk about anything other than Sunday’s big news. I think he did a fantastic job of balancing the “woo hoo, we got him!” celebration with the genuine questions that still remain even now that Bin Laden is gone. And he even gave President Obama the credit he deserved for overseeing the plan for the successful operation… for exactly thirty minutes. The long-delayed balloon drop with the celebratory broccoli-colored cake was a funny touch, but my favorite part was the “Bin Laden is dead” montage, complete with the fantastically appropriate Wizard of Oz clip. I don’t know about you guys, but I had “Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead” kind of stuck in my head for most of the day yesterday. And this is no lie, at some point yesterday morning, I wondered how much of last night’s show Stephen and the writers would have to rewrite because of Sunday’s events!

As Stephen discussed with both guests, the fact that we got Bin Laden doesn’t also mean the end of the story. While there’s a tremendous sense of relief that he’s finally, finally gone, there are still some important issues as a result, including what this means for our relationship with Pakistan. (Come on, how could they not know he was there?) And Bin Laden’s death is only the end of one chapter in the fight against terrorism. But for now, while I’m not exactly celebrating (I’m like Stephen, I want this to be the last time I feel happy about someone’s death), I do feel relieved, and I hope Sunday’s events bring some closure to the families of the 9/11 victims. I also feel a great sense of pride in our special ops troops — specifically, Navy SEAL Team Six — who were able to carry out Sunday’s operation successfully and without any U.S. casualties.

There’s a lot to talk about with this episode, and I’m sure you guys have some thoughts on Sunday’s events. Share with us in the comments!

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead


  1. Oh man, it was so great to see such a giddy Stephen – it captures exactly how I felt when I heard the news. I know I should feel guilty about someone’s death, but…f*** it. I’m happy!

    I too was thinking “Ding dong the wicked witch is dead!”

    • colbaby says:

      Yeah, I was glad to see both Jon and Stephen unapologetic about feeling gleeful over bin Laden’s death. I’ve been hearing a lot of people saying it’s inappropriate to be celebrating, he was a human being, etc. I respect that sentiment and normally I would agree with it. But honestly, it’s Osama effing bin Laden we’re talking about.

      And I like that look on your face too, Stephen. :) Keep it. It suits you.

      • Arkadina says:

        Nah, he can’t keep that look on his face for long. He’s now got the Chinese AND Fin Laden roaming the oceans to worry about!

  2. I have to imagine that Stephen felt a personal sense of satisfaction for the troops he met while he was in Iraq. Even though it’s a different war (Is it?), the troops in Iraq (and everywhere else) must have felt that all of their immensely hard and dangerous work had some sense of renewed purpose, however directly or indirectly. Somehow in Stephen’s giddiness I saw a look that said he was happy for the men and women in the armed forces above and beyond anything else. I could be wrong — I can’t read his mind, of course — but that was my take on it.
    By the way, did anyone else notice that it was just last week that “Stephen” gave Bin Laden a shout out of “Ollie, ollie oxen free!”?
    And wouldn’t it be a wonderful world if no one else was “it?”

  3. Mr. Arkadin says:

    Is it wrong that news of Osama’s death did not cause “my Florida” to stand at attention? I prefer thinking of Veronica & Americone Dream, thank you very much! Actually, my legs are getting restless, so, um, will you excuse me for a moment….

    I really loved that segment/joke that lead to the “Fin Laden” punchline. I definitely didn’t see that one coming! A perfect illustration of the absurd,silly beating heart of “Stephen” and the show. The writers on TCR are so brilliant!

  4. I needed this episode. When I first heard, I was in complete disbelief. Then I saw the news articles and pictures of people celebrating, and it began to sink in. I hope this brings closure to the 9/11 victims and their families, and Obama was totally bad-a** in executing this operation; it was such a huge gamble and it paid off. But like people have said, this is far from over. Osama was just one specific target, and I fear that Al Qaeda will try to obtain retribution. I’m happy that people are happy, but tone down the volume of the celebrations; not everyone is happy that he’s gone. Both Jon and Stephen were giddy in their respective episodes, but they both managed to balance their emotions with comedy and appropriate approaching of the subject matter. I’m sure this was a cathartic way for them to share their thoughts with everyone else, and they always know how to do it properly. Having a feeling of what we might face ahead of this victory, it was good to be able to incur my own catharsis through laughter, even for a little while.

  5. lockhart43 says:

    The leap Stephen made from Summer of the Shark to Fin Laden was hilariously stupid. But I think the thing I liked most about this episode was the segment about a Pre-9/11 World. I was in 7th grade when 9/11 happened, so I don’t really know what it’s like to not live in a world where everyone is terrified of what might happen. So all of the jokes about what you used to be able to carry on an airplane were especially hilarious to me. And while I wasn’t one of the college students celebrating Bin Laden’s death in the streets, part of me can at least understand the collective sigh of relief after hearing the news.

If you're new to our Zoner community, please read the No Fact Zone Comment Policy before commenting. Thank you!