Real Time's Bill Maher calls Harry Reid a 'dusty old dumbass' VIDEOS
By April MacIntyre May 23, 2009, 17:32 GMT
Not feeling Maher\'s love last night, United States President Barack Obama (R) greets Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (L) EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS
HBO's Friday night political and social chatter show starring host and moderator Bill Maher featured a smart panel and an interesting interview with Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A., who held her own despite Maher's pregnancy weight and Octomom references and constant interruptions about American's woeful geographical knowledge.
Maher laid into President Obama, The British, "Superhero" worship in politics, liberals, the financial "sector" and Dick Cheney.
Maher took a big swipe at Senate majority leader Harry Reid, calling him a "dusty old dumbass" who perhaps had seen too many Hollywood movies, and the Democrats "pussies" when discussing the Guantanamo detainee conundrum being debated in Washington. (This entire exchange can be found in Panel 2)
Maher's panel included professor Simon Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham and economist Muhammad Yunus. Musician M.I.A. was a separate interview guest.
Last night's show also revealed Maher's ire with President Obama, and his comments and satirical segments lampooning the president earned him some booing from his audience, which normally skews left. The show last night had Maher take Obama to task for his mishandling, in Maher's estimation, of the financial crisis that "favored his Ivy league buddies" on Wall Street.
The entire show is embedded below, thanks to Tullycast, who tracks the show for YouTube.
Other HBO playdates: May 24 (1:00 p.m., 12:55 a.m.), 25 (10:30 p.m.) and 27 (11:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: May 22 (2:30 a.m.), 23 (10:00 a.m., 12:15 a.m.), 24 (7:00 p.m.), 25 (8:00 p.m.) and 26 (10:30 p.m.)
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