There have been quite a few times where I’ve written an article covering a segment on The Daily Show where Jon Stewart absolutely hit a home run on whatever subject he was discussing. But I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say this might be one of his best segments ever.
I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen Stewart this enraged and emotional. While I wouldn’t say he “held back,” you can tell that he wanted to go off even more so than he actually did. This was clearly a subject on which he was very passionate.
But he made it crystal clear that he’s not a fan of Fox News and their so-called “patriotism.”
“F**k you and all your false patriotism,” Stewart exclaimed. “When Bush took us to war, any criticism was shouted down as treasonous. But a president you don’t like has the country poised on the same precipice and no transgression – no matter how immaterial and ridiculous – is too small to cite as evidence that this president isn’t as American as you are.”
But he wasn’t done there.
“Here we’ve got two presidents, both sending the United States to war citing the same legal authorities,” Stewart continued. “Both without any seeming exit strategy and both holding sh*t in their hands while saluting our troops. But in their diseased minds, only one did that because he loved America. The other did it because he hated it.”
Now, I’ll admit, I don’t think equating President Obama to Bush is fair as it relates to going to war. Just because he may ultimately send troops back into Iraq, doesn’t make him the “same as Bush.”
To me, it’s clear that President Obama is trying everything he can to avoid sending ground troops back into Iraq. Bush started a war based on lies his administration conjured up. ISIS isn’t “made up,” they’re a very real threat. And they’re a threat that Obama is doing everything he can to eliminate (or weaken) without putting American lives in harm’s way.
But Stewart was pretty much on point. When it comes to these two presidents (Obama and Bush), it’s amazing how one is an “America-loving patriot” and the other is “anti-American scum.” Even though they may ultimately end up doing the same thing – though for very different reasons.
The whole segment was absolutely excellent, as he also slammed Congress and their inability to get anything done. Watch it below via Comedy Central: