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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Musharraf appears on Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show'

Comedian Jon Stewart welcomed Pakistan's president to "The Daily Show" on Tuesday with tea and a Twinkie.

President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's appearance on the satirical news show on the Comedy Central cable television program was an even more unlikely tete-a-tete than the much-anticipated meeting between Musharraf, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President George W. Bush on Wednesday.

As a gesture mirroring Pakistani hospitality, Stewart welcomed Musharraf with a cup of jasmine green tea, and offered the more American delicacy of a Twinkie, a yellow cream-filled snack cake. Musharraf chuckled and thanked the host, though Stewart promptly changed the subject.

"Where's Osama bin Laden?" he asked suddenly.

"I don't know," replied Musharraf. "You know where he is? You lead on, we'll follow you."

Musharraf's appearance on "The Daily Show," which was taped late Tuesday and was slated to air Tuesday night, was the first time a sitting head of state appeared on the program, a spokesman for "The Daily Show" said. Last week, former President Bill Clinton appeared on the show.

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