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Marines vs Code Pink in Berkeley | Daily Show transcript
Daily Show with Jon Stewart ^ | March 10, 2008 | Rob Riggle

Posted on 03/15/2008 6:00:36 PM PDT by RedRover

Jon Stewart: One of the downsides of having an all-volunteer military is that you need people to volunteer. It’s not usually a huge problem, you just have to ask nicely. But some people don’t want to hear the question. Rob Riggle has more.

Rob Riggle (VO): The United States Marine Corps has fought in countless battles over the years. From Iowa Jima to Khe Sanh to the Battle of Fallujah. But today the Corps faces its toughest fight yet.

Tape, Berkeley City Council meeting (woman): The Marines ought to have better sense than to come here.

Rob Riggle (VO): Yes, the Marines dared to rent office space and open a recruiting center in Berkeley, California. I headed to the front lines to get the story. Not only as a reporter but as a veteran of the Marines.

Man on the street interviewee: Berkeley is a bastion of liberal thought and the Marines are just the opposite.

Man on the street interviewee # 2: I kind of felt probably like the Iraqis felt, like we were being occupied here in Berkeley.

Rob Riggle (VO): He’s right. The two are practically indistinguishable.

That’s Berkeley. That’s Iraq.

Berkeley. Iraq.

Not sure.

Berkeley.

The city fought back and hit the Marines hard…with a resolution telling them to leave.

To earn the trust of the locals, I had to blend in.

Bob Meola, Berkeley Peace and Justice Commissioner (studio interview): I don’t know a good use of the Marines in my lifetime. And what is offensive about Marine recruiters in Berkeley is the fact that they are recruiting people for mass murder. They are here to out-front recruit people into their killing machine that’s perpetrating educational institutions…

Rob Riggle: Excuse me, Bob. (Leaves set.) Whooooo-aaargh!!! Hippies! Boards! Hi-yaaaaaaaa! (Karate kicks boards and calms down. Returns to interview.) Sorry, I had to go cool out for a minute.

Bob: Oh, what happened?

Rob Riggle: My buzz. It was getting a little wrecked, know what I mean?

Bob: Right on. So that Marine train people to kill people. The Marines are not a moral influence and…

Rob Riggle: Excuse me, Bob, I hate to do this again. I’ve got to excuse myself…[Crashing through wall] Hippies! Hippies! Aoooorgh!

Rob Riggle (VO): With this amoral force refusing to live their stripmall desk, Berkeley enlisted its own fighting force.

[Protesters outside recruiting center, singing:] We are hugging, we are hugging for a peaceful world!

Rob Riggle (VO): Code Pink! You may remember them from Operation Annoy Senator Feinstein.

[Voice:] Waterboarding is torture!

Rob Riggle (VO): Or Operation Yell At George Bush Doll.

Rob Riggle (VO): And who can forget Operation Senate Interrupt?

But their tactics in Berkeley may be their most innovative yet. They called it, Don’t Enlist, Stay and Kiss. I called it, Shock and Awe.

Code Pinker # 1: It is our responsibility as the public to shut this station down, to shut this recruiting station down.

Code Pinker # 2: Code Pink stands for free speech.

Code Pinker # 1: It is very important to protect free speech and so we clearly have the right to be here.

Rob Riggle: If only there was an organization that was sworn to defend that free speech.

Code Pinker # 1: That would be great.

Rob Riggle: That would be outstanding, right?

Rob Riggle (VO): Why can’t these Marines see that they have no right to be recruiting troops on US soil?

Code Pinker # 3: The Marines…we don’t need to be worrying about their rights. It’s not an equal relationship.

Rob Riggle (VO): That’s obvious. Any giant-handed Constitutional scholar will tell you that.

Code Pinker # 1: Wars in general would stop if we didn’t have weapons just like violence on our streets would stop if we didn’t have weapons.

Rob Riggle: So if we got rid of police we wouldn’t have crime?

Code Pinker # 1:Potentially.

Rob Riggle (VO): It just makes sense. If they can shut down this recruiting center, it will become yet another of Berkeley’s famous Crepes A Go Go. And world peace will be at hand.

Bob Meola: Well, just think if we had a Department of Peace, it could reach down into every community talking about peace studies and conflict resolution

Rob Riggle: Sounds like a magical place, man.

Bob: Um...

Rob Riggle: Oh, I’m sorry, you think that could be a real place?

Bob: Yeah!

Rob Riggle: Oh, I’m sorry, I thought you were totally kidding.

Bob: No.

Rob Riggle: Oh, I’m embarrassed.

Rob Riggle (VO): With the Marines refusing to leave, giving Code Pink the last word was the least I could do.

Code Pinker # 3: This is Berkeley, the most peace-loving city…

Code Pinker # 4: US out of Iraq!

Rob Riggle (VO): Really, you’re interrupting your own interview?

Semper Fi, Code Pink. Semper Fi.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: berkeley; comedy; comedycentral; dailyshow; marines
I couldn't find a transcript for this hilarious piece from i>The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, so I made one myself. If you haven't seen it already, do yourself a favor and CHECK IT OUT.

Rob Riggle is a Marine and a very funny guy.

1 posted on 03/15/2008 6:00:38 PM PDT by RedRover
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To: 4woodenboats; American Cabalist; AmericanYankee; AndrewWalden; Antoninus; AliVeritas; ardara; ...

2 posted on 03/15/2008 6:02:05 PM PDT by RedRover (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: RedRover

Good job on the transcript, Red, Thanks! The video is a scream.


3 posted on 03/15/2008 6:10:26 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

I never watch the show, but if they make this Riggle guy a regular, I will start.


4 posted on 03/15/2008 6:14:53 PM PDT by RedRover (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: RedRover

I saw this live and LOL’d. A good change of pace from what they usually show...


5 posted on 03/15/2008 6:36:29 PM PDT by Tears of a Clown
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To: RedRover

Thanks for the great laugh. I am forwarding this gem to everyone!


6 posted on 03/15/2008 6:42:53 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local communist or socialist party chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing.)
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To: RedRover

What the heck is a Peace & Justice Commissioner? An appointed or elected position? City official? Paid? Benefits? Lifetime pension?


7 posted on 03/15/2008 7:11:32 PM PDT by baa39 (Defend our troops! see my profile page)
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To: RedRover

Thanks Red.


8 posted on 03/15/2008 8:21:31 PM PDT by USMC Brat (Set the example.)
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To: RedRover
OMG that's one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time - and on The Daily Show!?

Oooh, someone's gonna have his raisins freeze dried over this!

9 posted on 03/15/2008 10:02:44 PM PDT by 4woodenboats (defendourtroops.org defendourmarines.org)
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To: RedRover
Rob Riggle: So if we got rid of police we wouldn’t have crime?

Code Pinker # 1:Potentially.

LMAO, they should "like" stay out of politics.

10 posted on 03/15/2008 10:10:10 PM PDT by MaxMax (I need a life after politics)
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To: RedRover
That was hilarious even reading the transcript. These Code Pinker's that he interviewed weren't too quick.

Code Pinker # 1: It is very important to protect free speech and so we clearly have the right to be here.

Rob Riggle: If only there was an organization that was sworn to defend that free speech.

Code Pinker # 1: That would be great.

Rob Riggle: That would be outstanding, right?

11 posted on 03/16/2008 5:18:14 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: Girlene
That was my favorite part, too!


12 posted on 03/16/2008 6:43:05 AM PDT by RedRover (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: RedRover
LOL!!! Perfect synopsis. Yes, that was classic, clueless, Code Pink. I loved this part, too:

To earn the trust of the locals, I had to blend in. - Nice shades, dude.


13 posted on 03/16/2008 9:35:29 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: Girlene

Btw, I am friends and fraternity brothers with Rob Riggle, comediana and marine on the right.


14 posted on 03/16/2008 9:37:47 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: RedRover

See my post #14. Riggle is the funniest guy I have ever known.


15 posted on 03/16/2008 9:44:13 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: KC_Conspirator
Btw, I am friends and fraternity brothers with Rob Riggle, comediana and marine on the right.

Send him my thanks for his service and an outstandingly funny and to the point piece on the Berkley Marine Recruiting Center conflict. Short, sweet, and showed how utterly moronic the protestors are.

Code Pinker # 3: The Marines…we don’t need to be worrying about their rights. It’s not an equal relationship.
16 posted on 03/16/2008 9:47:20 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: Girlene

17 posted on 03/16/2008 1:25:28 PM PDT by RedRover (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: KC_Conspirator
That's fantastic! I hope he does more stuff on the Daily Show. He deserves it.

BTW, if you talk to him, I'd love to him write something for my site, Defend Our Marines, if he'd be interested. There's a blog section as well as documents and news.

18 posted on 03/16/2008 1:29:45 PM PDT by RedRover (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: RedRover

Oh, my gosh, that stuff is hilarious. Was that a fake “Peace and Justice” commissioner interview? Surely this Bob Meola wouldn’t sit through Rob Riggle’s little act with the hippie get-up and all, would he? I like all the crazy buttons on Bob’s vest - nice hippie touch.


19 posted on 03/16/2008 1:42:15 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Girlene
Bob Meola is for real (must say I'm pleased that the top page in the Google search is at Defend Our Marines!)

Real people do put up with shenanigans from Daily Show interviewers. Guess they think it proves they are good sports (and they probably hope their message will still get out).

I also suspect that some of the stuff from Rob Riggle was edited in rather then done live during the actual interview. During the outdoors interviews, it's pretty obvious Rob's reactions were done later and edited in. The same UPS truck passes by as he's talking at different points.

20 posted on 03/16/2008 2:18:24 PM PDT by RedRover (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: RedRover; Roscoe Karns; Drango; martin_fierro; trooprally; eaglesnest1; freema

BUMP!!!


21 posted on 03/17/2008 5:33:32 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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