If you missed the Jordanian ambassador to the United States on Jon Stewart tonight (Tuesday) be sure to catch it tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2 or 7 p.m. on Comedy Central or on the Web. Simply speaking, the ambassador, Prince Zeid Ra’ad, is a hoot. For a prince and ambassador, at least.
Here’s how they started:
Jon Stewart: I understand that the king, Abdullah II, who was supposed to be on the show tonight, couldn’t be here because he has to do Letterman first.
Prince Zeid Ra’ad: Well, Dave is very persuasive.
And later on, when Stewart says it’s time to go to commercial:
Prince Zeid Ra’ad: Please let me plug his majesty’s book one more time. I have to get it to Number One within a few weeks or I will end up ambassador to Trenton, New Jersey.
In between they talk about the unrest in the region. The prince’s message is that rulers had better start listening to their people or they’re finished. As for Abdullah II, he said that it’s fashionable in Hollywood right now to talk about The King’s Speech, but this king prides himself more on his listening skills.
Worth a look…
Jonathan Jeremy “J.J.” Goldberg is editor-at-large of the Forward, where he served as editor in chief for seven years (2000-2007).