Obama Mocked by HBO Host for $70 Million Grant to Native American Indians for Mold Removal

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | June 16, 2014 | 5:26 PM EDT

Former Daily Show correspondent and comedian John Oliver mocked President Obama’s visit to Indian country last week on his new HBO show “Last Week Tonight,” calling the visit “long overdue.”

"President Obama became only the fourth sitting President ever" to visit Indian country a news clip says.

Oliver added: "Technically, if you count non-sitting presidents, then Andrew Jackson did visit a lot." (Because Jackson led U.S. troops in defeating the Indians in 1812 and against the Seminole Indians in the First Seminole War.)

During Obama's visit, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it was making $70 million available to "native villages to improve housing and address mold removal."

"To which the Native Americans presumably said, 'Ah, finally, okay - we are officially square!'" Oliver joked. "'It was touch-and-go for a few centuries there, but at the end of the day, all we wanted was our mold removed.'"