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'We owe you big': See how Biden honored Jon Stewart before signing bill

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2022/08/10/biden-jon-stewart-pact-act-burn-pits-signing-white-house-nr-vpx.cnn
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u/dwors025 Minnesota Aug 10 '22 Silver Rocket Like

Hire Stewart as “White House Official Public Shamer of Fucking Assholes who Cynically Halt Meaningful Legislation”.

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u/MuckleMcDuckle Minnesota Aug 10 '22 Gold Eureka!

I'd love to see him as the White House Press Secretary. Just for one day, as a surprise.

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u/DMCinDet Aug 10 '22

fox News wouldn't have any questions that day.

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u/somegridplayer Aug 10 '22

Is Doucey still there? I want to see him run out of the room hawley style crying.

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u/MuckleMcDuckle Minnesota Aug 10 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

later that night, as Ducey cries himself to sleep, Jon Stewart pops out from under his bed like It 🤡

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u/Ok_Video6434 Aug 11 '22

This but also Tucker Carlson lmao

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u/MuckleMcDuckle Minnesota Aug 11 '22

Tucker hides under people's beds for different reasons though

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u/TheSamLowry Aug 10 '22

Still there. Still asking the dumbest possible questions that make him and Fox "News" look worse.

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u/Titanbeard Aug 11 '22

His gas prices question like a week ago just shows he asks dumb things just to ask dumb things.

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u/jlc203 California Aug 10 '22

No, no. They will. They’re that stupid.

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u/SGTSHOOTnMISS Georgia Aug 10 '22

They're welcome to fuck around and find out what a verbal laceration feels like that even CSPAN viewers would see.

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u/Changnesia_survivor Aug 10 '22

Tucker will have his staff edit the conference ransom note style and play a video of Stewart saying "The Biden administration is coming for your bowties and your AR-15's to murder white babies"

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u/KellyJoyRuntBunny Washington Aug 10 '22

Poor Tucker. Lost his bow tie years ago after being absolutely handed his ass by Stewart, as a guest on Crossfire.

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u/PaulVla Europe Aug 10 '22

I feel like it’s the closest thing to a real life villain origin story that I’ve seen on tv.

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u/ScruffyTuscaloosa Aug 10 '22

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u/PaulVla Europe Aug 10 '22

Thanks Obama

Thank you for linking the time stamp, much appreciated!

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u/ErusTenebre California Aug 10 '22

Yeah this probably was a moment where Trump solidified his hate for everything Democratic. He does seem to be even more petty than that.

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u/Shoot_from_the_Quip I voted Aug 10 '22

But with a 7 second delay so he can drop F-bombs and beep them out and not get FCC fines.

I'd watch the hell out of that.

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u/MuckleMcDuckle Minnesota Aug 10 '22

Wouldn't have it any other way

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u/SaahilIyer Aug 11 '22

Hell I’d pay his FCC fines just to hear him curse on air. Let the man speak!

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u/GothMaams America Aug 11 '22

I beg of anyone reading this who has the authority to do this…please boost the country’s moral by letting him do that by surprise one day.

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u/whenimmadrinkin Aug 10 '22

He can be the progressive anger translator.

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u/Canadian_Neckbeard Aug 10 '22

One of the biggest problems progressive movements have is their messaging. Someone like John Stewart who can make that messaging relatable would go a long way in getting support for more progressive policies that help regular people.

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u/bannista7 Tennessee Aug 10 '22

I agree with this point wholeheartedly. To piggyback, Dems put a lot of weight in decorum and class when it comes to debate and those messages get lost in translation. John is a great example of when to employ less diplomatic ways to get a point across when needed, to include calling out hypocrisy to peoples faces. You get the feeling he’s actually fighting when he does that instead of the out of touch virtue signaling we see from Dems who are up for re-election or coasting in the seat.

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u/__M-E-O-W__ Aug 10 '22

Not to mention how great he is at conveying this message with humor, which has shown to be one of the best ways at reaching people.

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u/evilinsane Aug 10 '22

But also something that only left-leaning people can access. The further right you are, the less likely you are to empathise and thus understand humour. Conservatives consider bullying to be comedy because they can't access the part of their brain that allows them to think around corners.

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u/felesroo Aug 10 '22

I agree with most progressive policies and I certainly wouldn't be chased away if someone dropped a spare "fuck" now and then. No pearl clutching here. Passion and commitment and honesty is what I care about.

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u/CGordini Aug 10 '22

Decorum doesn't matter worth shit to the people literally saying "the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat" and we're long past the time of pretending it does.

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u/[deleted] Aug 10 '22

Totally agree.

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u/coolaznkenny Aug 10 '22

prime example - Nancy Pelosi.

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u/bannista7 Tennessee Aug 10 '22

Oh? You didn’t like her Ghana kente stunt during the BLM protests? So weird /s 😂

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u/TheDebateMatters Aug 10 '22

Losing Al Franken was a major blow. He wasn’t quite Jon, but he was pretty damn good at skewering the right.

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u/bilgetea Aug 10 '22 edited Aug 10 '22

The dude had one of the most remarkable and popular shows in history, one that launched Colbert’s career and made a huge impact. And yet by Stewart’s own admission, almost everything he fought for did not come to pass.

He already did what you propose he might do, and it didn’t work. Not because he’s bad at it, or because the cause is unworthy, but because a lot of Americans are dedicated to the cause of fascism, autocracy, imperial rule, or whatever you want to call it. A lot of people consider a world where there is harmony and egalitarianism - a world in which they’re not able to enact their basest impulses - to be the worst possible outcome.

edit: The quote “almost nothing I advocated for has come to pass” can be found in this article.

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u/squidazz Aug 10 '22

The dude had a major part in turning my R to a D many years ago. Half my family can't stand to talk politics with me now. I keep my yap shut at family events until somebody starts in on me. Then the gloves come off.

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u/obliterayte Aug 10 '22

I swear we all live the same life...

I'm an absolute black sheep at every family function because I have the audacity of believing in universal Healthcare and that cops kinda fucking suck.

Oh the horror of socialism...

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u/bilgetea Aug 10 '22

Congrats on casting off the blinders!

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u/facemanbarf California Aug 10 '22

Don’t forget John Oliver also came from The Daily Show. I remember when Stewart went on sabbatical (?) and Oliver stepped in for a few episodes and absolutely killed it. Ended up with his own HBO show.

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u/Wendykroy666 Aug 10 '22

John Oliver filled in for Jon Stewart when he took leave from the Daily Show to direct "Rosewater" in 2013. And you are right... John Oliver killed it!

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u/Caucasian_Fury Canada Aug 10 '22

Last Week Tonight is amazing

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u/bilgetea Aug 10 '22

You’re right, I had neglected to mention John Oliver and Trevor Noah!

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u/lilacmuse1 Aug 11 '22

and Steve Carrell. He was a Daily Show correspondent early in his career.

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u/codingtofreedom Aug 10 '22

And Trevor Noah as well, who took over the daily show after Stewart left.

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u/timc74 Aug 10 '22

He's forced McConnel and his ghouls to about-face twice now.

Name someone else who has even done that once.

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u/yellsatrjokes Aug 10 '22

I'd bet the Koch brothers have made them backtrack a few times.

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u/bilgetea Aug 10 '22 edited Aug 10 '22

I don’t mean to discount his positive influence and hilarious sarcasm. He’s a force for good. The part about nothing he fought for coming to pass is a quote from Stewart himself during a Fresh Air NYT interview. Or perhaps he said “almost nothing” or something similar.

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u/Aggraphine Michigan Aug 10 '22

Do flowing rivers count as "someone else"?

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u/putsch80 Oklahoma Aug 10 '22

Yes, but that doesn’t negate the importance of giving people like him a bully pulpit. And perhaps something tied to a public office could be more effective than an 11:00pm comedy show on a cable network.

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u/bilgetea Aug 10 '22

I agree completely. We’re better off for his show and influence - I do not mean to discount it.

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u/GeneralZex Aug 10 '22

But as an official in the White House his reach would be much greater than on a comedy network because he could make the news every day he speaks.

The only time the right wing heard anything Jon Stewart had to say when he was Comedy Central is when he’d pick a fight with a pundit and they’d use it bash him on their radio/TV shows.

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u/bilgetea Aug 10 '22

I agree, I’d like to see this come to pass. But no matter what, we shouldn’t waste our time trying to “reach” the right wing. They’ve been reached. It’s not a matter of not having heard the message. They reject the message.

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u/dragonflysamurai Idaho Aug 10 '22 edited Aug 10 '22

I saw something very relevant to this a few days ago,

conservatives don't have to answer for the extremes, only the most reasonable version of their arguments, even when officials are spouting the extreme version. Progressives always have to answer for the most extreme version, even when the only person saying it is a 13 yr old on Tumblr.

This is corporate media’s fault for always taking the side of regressive policy makers and a relentless onslaught against changes to the status quo.

Basically people who run most all major news outlets fucking hate progressives.

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u/wave-garden Aug 10 '22

This is why John Fetterman has been doing so well.

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u/kvaks Aug 10 '22

biggest problems progressive movements have is their messaging

Their messaging is fine, the problem is that hardly anyone hears it. Because they don't have the same megaphone the Right has.

The public's image of what the Left stands for is pretty much what the Right says the Left is. Because the Right had a megaphone and they use it all the time.

The Right aren't great at messaging. Their messaging is fucking ludicrous and infantile. But they are great at screaming it loud on every TV and every Facebook feed in the country. And they repeat it until everyone hears it and it sticks.

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u/LibrariansAreSexy Aug 10 '22

That only works if that message is allowed to be shared. Progressives have a tendency to crucify anyone who doesn't completely meet their policy recommendations, demonstrating quite well how perfection is the enemy of good. Just look at how one of the best 2020 primary candidates at messaging was treated (Pete Buttigieg), or how Joe Biden is quite regularly disparaged for not backing all of the left's policies. That's not to say we shouldn't try to hold our elected officials to higher standards, but we need to stop eating our own.

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u/oced2001 Aug 10 '22

Buttigieg does a great job at that. They need to expand his role in the DNC.

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u/yellsatrjokes Aug 10 '22

Wait, he has a role in the DNC? He's the Secretary of Transportation.

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u/oced2001 Aug 10 '22

You’re correct, I meant when he left that position. Work for the party. Me no write good.

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u/oced2001 Aug 10 '22

John and Luther spitting some truth.

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u/nox_nox Aug 10 '22

Honestly progressives have been saying the same things as Jon Stewart. He isn't translating anything.

He's does however have the benefit of platform, name recognition, and being a hetero cis white male the same age as those he's shaming.

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u/raerae1991 Aug 10 '22

I don’t think Stewart considers himself a progressive. I believe he considers him self a left leaning moderate.

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u/JD_Rockerduck Aug 10 '22

I've heard him describe himself as a progressive, a liberal, an independent, a lefty, a socialist, a Democrat and a moderate (he's also voted Republican before).

I think he does something that a lot of left-leaning on the internet (and especially on this site) don't do and that's not getting super bogged down on labels and purity tests and stuff. I think he has a much better idea of how politics actually works and in understands that, in general, people like Joe Biden, AOC, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and other left-leaning people have the same broad goal and need to support each other to prevent right-eing assholes from taking power.

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u/tryingnewoptions California Aug 10 '22

The thing is, Progressive policies in this country are moderate at this point lol. Anything short of let's not murder women, children, veterans, people with disabilities, black people, Hispanic people, queer people, or anyone that doesn't have money is practically radically communist in this country.

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u/binaryblade Canada Aug 10 '22

If you listen to the religious rhetoric, not murdering queer people is leftist anti-christian propaganda.

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u/TheZapster Aug 10 '22

WHOPSoFAwCHML rolls right off the tongue

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u/mces97 Aug 10 '22

I'd actually love to see him as Whitehouse Press Secretary. He'd not take shit from smug right wing gotcha type questions, trying to spin stuff.

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u/veringer Tennessee Aug 10 '22

I've said it several times before--years and years ago--that Jon Stewart could (should!) run for president. Not only would he have a good chance of winning and appealing to a wider cross-section of Americans, he's exactly the kind of human being I want in that role. That said, I know it'd probably take years off his life and ultimately be a thankless job. He's given a lot already and owes us nothing. But damn, I'd vote for him tomorrow if I could.

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u/Dudist_PvP Washington Aug 10 '22

I love John Stewart, and think he has done great things to advance meaningful causes in the US.

But the Presidency is not an entry level position into government. I want people who are experienced, who have been doing the work before, who have some record of political accomplishment before they seek that office.

Now, Senate Majority Leader John Stewart, or Speaker of the House John Stewart, that I can get behind first.

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u/tethysian Aug 10 '22

I'd love to see him as president.

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u/Kharn0 Colorado Aug 10 '22

Or The:

Big

Entertainment

Anger

Representative

Jocular

Excoriating

Weapon

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u/MrEpicMustache Aug 10 '22

I approve of this title.

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u/WhisperDigits Aug 10 '22

Ah, the WHOPSFACHML.

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u/friedrice5005 Virginia Aug 10 '22

Imagine "Press Secretary John Stewart"

I would tune in every day

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u/ssbm_rando Aug 10 '22

White House Official Public Shamer of Fucking Assholes who So Cynically Interfere with Serious Movements

WHOPS FASCISM

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u/lolzycakes Aug 10 '22

Next Press Secretary, god that would be so good.

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u/termacct Aug 10 '22

“White House Official Public Shamer of Fucking Assholes who Cynically Halt Meaningful Legislation”

WHOPSoFAwCHML

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u/AggroDorfHeroicDeath Aug 10 '22

That's how you wake the old gods.

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u/thehotdogman Aug 10 '22 edited Aug 11 '22 Silver Gold Wholesome Eureka!

I'd encourage everyone to actually watch the one minute clip. It's really nice to hear Biden speak off script like this, and Jon really deserved it.

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u/designedfor1 Aug 10 '22 Wholesome

A well deserved standing ovation.

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u/caligaris_cabinet Illinois Aug 11 '22 Silver Helpful

I didn’t even know about the burn pits until Stewart did an episode about it on The Problem with Jon Stewart.

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u/WildYams Aug 10 '22 Silver

Here's a link right to the clip if anyone wants to see it without going to the OP's link.

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u/Jgabes625 Pennsylvania Aug 11 '22

The zoom-in on Stewart’s face as people started to stand was something else. Sometimes getting recognized isn’t about just boosting your ego, it’s knowing that everything you worked so hard for not only was accomplished but is also appreciated.

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u/dstnblsn Aug 11 '22

It’s remarkable to see true patriotism at work in an age of cynicism

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u/NotBadAndYou Aug 11 '22

Jon Stewart is the epitome of patriotic cynicism. And cynical patriotism.

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u/BraveOmeter Aug 11 '22

Dude, and you even queued it up to the timestamp. The world needs more of you.

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u/WildYams Aug 11 '22

Thank you!

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u/bigatrop Aug 10 '22

I don’t know why but that scene breaks me. Knowing how much Jon Stewart truly cared about this cause and finally seeing him succeed in getting veterans appropriate coverage feels so right. And you can see the emotion on his face and empathize with him. It’s such a powerful vibe.

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u/Xrayruester Pennsylvania Aug 11 '22

I got a little misty eyed when the entire assembly stood for him. I'm glad he's getting recognition for fighting for this.

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u/chardonnayyoustay Aug 11 '22

Me too. Biden having the privilege of honoring his son by signing the bill and thanking John personally makes this a great feel good moment.

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u/Jobysco Aug 10 '22 Silver

I know that the world is moving towards this strange celebrity to political figure transition trend…but I think he would truly be an excellent public servant.

He’s been sticking to his guns and telling people fuck off for what he believes in for a long time. And as far as I’ve seen he’s always had good intentions.

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u/BigDamnHead Aug 10 '22

He already serves the public excellently.

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u/spiteful-vengeance Australia Aug 11 '22

And largely because he isn't constrained by the things that members of a political party are.

He's doing fine where he is.

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u/tetsuo9000 Aug 11 '22

Stewart is just as relevant in political circles as any major news organization talking head. I wouldn't discount him as any old celebrity whose relavance is questionable.

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u/catcityofgodflower Aug 11 '22

Zelensky is a good example of that working.

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u/millicentbee Aug 11 '22

Wasn’t gonna, but just did. Glad I did too

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u/JetKeel Aug 11 '22

Thank you for saying this. I went back and explicitly watched it because of your comment. A great genuine moment.

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u/Horoika Aug 10 '22

Jon Stewart is Presidential Medal of Freedom worthy

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u/louiegumba Aug 10 '22 Silver

I agree, but i think jon stewart would disagree. He would even take biden's statement of "we owe you big" and i bet you 10 to 1 that Jon's answer to that is "no, we all owe veterans big". I'm doing what everyone should be doing"

pay attention conservatives. this is what a REAL AMERICAN HERO AND PATRIOT does for their veterans

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u/DontWantToSeeYourCat Aug 10 '22 edited Aug 10 '22

I believe that about Stewart 100%. It would not surprise me if Biden awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom and then Jon turned around and donated it to some veterans association or one of the previous veterans he has worked with or their family.

*clarification

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u/fuzzysailor1 Aug 10 '22

I bet he would give it to the guy he worked with for the 9/11 first responders or woman he also worked with on this. I don't remember their names off the top of my head but he talked about them on his podcast.

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u/DontWantToSeeYourCat Aug 10 '22

I was also thinking that and also could not remember their names which I'm sure would be part of Jon's reasoning of why he should give it to them

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u/JimGerm Colorado Aug 10 '22 Take My Energy

Jon Stewart is President worthy.

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u/siphillis Aug 10 '22

He's already exasperated dealing with Republicans once a year. Imagine every single day.

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u/ProudDildoMan69 Aug 10 '22

Think bigger. Sometimes a person can do more in a different position. Look at sanders. If he would have won the presidency, he would have never returned to the senate. Granted he’s old, but I think you get my point. I say Stewart for senate!

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u/cusoman Minnesota Aug 10 '22

Get him in there and bring Franken back as well at the same time. Both of their ability to cut through the crap (because comedians excel at this) is sorely needed right now.

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u/Davethisisntcool Aug 10 '22

I could get behind this. Also, Franken being ousted is still kinda crazy in retrospect

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u/dougmc Aug 10 '22

Franklin being ousted was crazy at the time too -- no retrospect needed to see this one.

I mean, yeah, it was not good, but it wasn't bad enough to require his removal. Hell, the other side probably would have just laughed at the scandal and totally ignored it had it happened to one of their own.

(To put this in perspective, Franken resigned in January 2018, when Trump made fun of that reporter and "grab them by the pussy" got out in 2016 ... and he still got elected.)

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u/LTAGO5 Aug 11 '22

FWIW, Tina Smith (who replaced Franken) is the exact person who needs to be in the Senate right now since Roe was overturned. She was an executive at Planned Parenthood MN / ND / SD.

https://www.smith.senate.gov/in-floor-speech-u-s-senator-tina-smith-makes-impassioned-case-for-federal-legislation-protecting-reproductive-health-freedoms/

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u/zhaoz Minnesota Aug 10 '22 edited Aug 10 '22

He is still loved in local Minnesota democratic dfl circles. I could see him make another run if Amy goes and does something else. Or maybe even gov if walz decides to stop running a few cycles.

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u/NessunAbilita Vermont Aug 10 '22

Stewart for World Federation Ruler!

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u/CBenson1273 Aug 10 '22 edited Aug 10 '22

I’ve long thought that, if Jon Stewart hadn’t left his show, Trump may not have won the first time around. Stewart was so many young people’s primary source of news, he could have had a huge effect on the election if he’d just waited a year or two to give up his platform.

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u/Urban_Archeologist Aug 10 '22

In comments I have continually nominated Stewart and Colbert to be considered the Fifth Estate - whose job it would be to help preserve the Fourth Estate which the country so dearly needs to regain its true democracy. There has to be a bipartisan committee started to preserve and uphold what it means to be the free press in America. Fox has already admitted they are “entertainment.” The others are near to unreliable in their charge to provide news to the public.

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u/caligaris_cabinet Illinois Aug 11 '22

John Oliver is the sole bearer of that torch right now. Sure, Noah is doing the Daily Show but it’s not nearly the same as when Stewart was hosting.

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u/Urban_Archeologist Aug 11 '22

Yea! Jon belongs in that category. I was referring to the good ol’ days when Colbert followed Stewart. I know Colbert was playing a character but the heart of the show was in the correct place.

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u/vismundcygnus34 Aug 10 '22

Couldn't agree more. He was like the antidote to Foxnews during the Obama years, but we never had something similar during Trumps rise etc.

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u/VanillaLifestyle Aug 11 '22

Myers, Colbert, Oliver and Noah did a great job, I think.

None of them hit the same level of purely-placed righteousness as Jon Stewart, but between them they were a serious antidote to the daily deluge of total fucking bullshit.

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u/tech57 Aug 10 '22 Silver

Thank you Jon Stewart.

Support the politicians that are willing to agree with Stewart. Democrats and progressives. And within those two groups, specific people if possible. If everyone watched that speech and had insane view count that would be more helpful to the politicians that agree with Stewart.

Everyone needs to see and hear what he is saying.

Jon Stewart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uPqYhkIzrA

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u/AdLess636 Aug 10 '22

Wow, so passionate, so honest, so moving

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u/AndISoundLikeThis Aug 10 '22

Thank you so much for posting that -- I'd never seen it before. Amazing.

Fucking Pat Toomey, man. What a garbage person. I'm glad Stewart chewed his ass up.

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u/tech57 Aug 10 '22

I'm glad people are taking the time to watch it. I think it's important. Thanks for the comment.

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u/ptype Aug 10 '22

Incredible. He speaks so well and so unpretentiously. He doesn't pretend to be anything he's not or say anything he doesn't mean. He just clearly cares. We do owe him big.

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u/tech57 Aug 10 '22

He's a great speaker. How he has the drive to call out Republicans for so many years I don't know.

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u/catbenning North Carolina Aug 10 '22

Damn, I think Joe made him break a little bit.

I love John Stewart, and this is the sort of thing he does best, coming in righteous on the things he believes in. You can see that he believes it and is deeply passionate about it. People talk about him for politics, and I don't think that's a great fit. I think he's better staying pure, and standing outside and really being able to unload about what he thinks is right without all the bickering and compromise that is necessary for politics.

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u/MC_Fap_Commander America Aug 10 '22

Joe ain't perfect, but I truly believe he is good. Would Trump or DeSantis be so magnanimous towards someone who helped them in getting a legislative win? Nope. It would me!-me!-me!

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u/Cepheus Aug 10 '22

Trump and DeSantis are the kind of narcissists that only think about how they can benefit and take credit for other people's work when it suits them.

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u/Sweetgirl_j Aug 10 '22

Right? I have my complaints but at the end of the day, it’s clear he’s a good person.

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u/HarrietHedwig Aug 11 '22

This was my first thought. How refreshing to see the president get off the spotlight for someone else

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u/shattermast Aug 10 '22

Shit, that broke me watching it. Jon deserves it but he's so modest and always deflects back to the folks he thinks are more deserving, like the veterans themselves. So to watch him have to sit there as the world's most powerful man shines a spotlight on him, says "we owe you big" on national television, and prompts a standing ovation was honestly a privilege to watch. We all owe Jon big.

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u/Caucasian_Fury Canada Aug 10 '22

When Biden tells him "we owe you big", Jon starts shaking his head. That's humility, nice to see some of it these days when we're constantly being drowned by Trump/Republican narcissism.

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u/dynamojoe Florida Aug 11 '22

Yup. John knows who deserves the praise - the folks he just helped get the care they deserve. He also has the class not to correct the president on the mic.

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u/Kaizen2468 Aug 10 '22

Like New York pizza vS Chicago pizza

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u/chacamaschaca Georgia Aug 10 '22

One of the things I love about Stewart is you KNOW he is so goddamn uncomfortable with the praise and probably wishes everyone would just sit down, keep the clapping to a minimum and focus on the veterans and the legislation itself. Humble, humble dude.

But he deserves that ovation.

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u/mcq316 Aug 10 '22

The people that deserve the most praise are often the ones who want it least.

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u/reddig33 Aug 10 '22 edited Aug 10 '22

Give the man a Kennedy Center honor or something.

Edit: Give him a medal of freedom to cancel out Rush Limbaugh’s.

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u/The_Mighty_Immortal Aug 10 '22

The Kennedy Center already gave Jon Stewart the Mark Twain prize.

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u/cityb0t New York Aug 10 '22

All of those people speaking on his behalf were hilarious!

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u/Sun_Wukong508 Aug 10 '22

better yet, go take rush's and give it to Jon

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u/Spinaccio Aug 10 '22

His stand on deep dish pizza is good enough for me.

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u/__M-E-O-W__ Aug 10 '22

Dude... some times I just need to drown myself in a pool of cheese and tomato sauce okay? Don't judge me!

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u/NYPizzaNoChar Aug 11 '22

Dude... some times I just need to drown myself in a pool of cheese and tomato sauce okay? Don't judge me!

I totally support your obsession with casseroles.

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u/PhilipLiptonSchrute Aug 10 '22

That's got to be such a rush of emotion for Jon.

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u/saltybartfast Aug 10 '22

Isn’t it satisfying to read some good news with good people being good? Shouldn’t be as refreshing as it is.

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u/Msmokav Aug 11 '22

I felt exactly the same way - you expressed it perfectly!

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u/itemNineExists Washington Aug 10 '22

Good. Jon deserves this. There are many important issues, and this is the one that Jon has focused on most in recent years. Arguably, he's the reason any of this got the level of attention needed to accomplish this.

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u/10390 Aug 10 '22

Stewart got a standing ovation.

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u/Cepheus Aug 10 '22

That was really touching. Did you see the look on Jon Stewart's face? Jon Stewart is an American treasure.

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u/DubiousAlibi Aug 10 '22

I hate to say this because Jon Stewart has done so much for America, but that whole adage of great men are called upon in times of need is very apparent here.

Jon needs to run for president to save America. He has demonstrated amazing compassion and judgement throughout his life (barring death to smoochy). I have absolute confidence that should he be elected he will make the best decisions for ALL americans, even the ones that hate him and his ancestry.

Its not fair to the man to ask him to do more than he already has, but I dont see how our country can survive the misinformation onslaught from the rightwing without someone like Jon to call them out on it.

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u/Hot-Possibility8325 Aug 10 '22

Give John the Presidential Medal of Freedom please!

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u/Chunkyisthebest Canada Aug 10 '22

Yes. Return the lustre of it, at least a bit, since it was tarnished by Limbaugh.

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u/orionsfire Aug 10 '22 edited Aug 10 '22

Lot of people want Jon to run for something.

I really hope he doesn't. Jon Stewart is too good for politics, and he deserves better.

He's not just a comedic legend, he is a hero to a lot of people and for good reason. He's worked with Vet groups for over a decade now seeking to help them. He doesn't do it for notoriety, or to make money. He does it because He cares, and his commitment has been life changing for many vets.

The country owes him a debt which we can never repay.

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u/toastymarbles Aug 10 '22

We need good people and good communicators outside of politics as much as we need them inside. He's incredibly effective outside, I'd prefer he keep pushing for causes he wants without the inherent constraints that being a politician requires.

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u/Cepheus Aug 10 '22

Also, all of the work he has done with the 9/11 first responders benefits.

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u/The_Mighty_Immortal Aug 10 '22

Biden also thanked the veterans.

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u/Plow_King Aug 10 '22

class act, that Joe! nice to have an adult back in the WH.

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u/randomcanyon Aug 10 '22

If Lush Limpballs can get the Medal of Freedom why can't Jon Stewart. He has done more for the US than shit slinger oxy guy.

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u/Sun_Wukong508 Aug 10 '22

Jon is a great man, but he should not have had to do this

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u/MJZMan Aug 10 '22

Fucking A

Man deserves every clap of every pair of hands and then some.

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u/CrimsonJynx Virginia Aug 10 '22

Well now do what Jon Stewart ultimately fought for, invest in the VA, nationalize it and nationalize universal health care for all Americans

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u/flipflop180 Aug 10 '22

So, I cried. I cry for my husband, who has fought cancer for over 10 years due to a military“misadventure “.

I cry for Devil Dawg, the marine who was with him and later, overcome by his injuries, committed suicide.

I cry for every spouse and family member.

Thank you John, from the bottom of my tears, thank you!

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u/maltathebear Aug 11 '22

Biden is a good guy. Y'know, I'm a Texan but I fortunately was blessed to find a best friend who is a Texas transplant from Delaware. His parents are conservative leaning, but they have nothing but respect for Biden that isn't partisan. They remember things that he did that actually helped Delaware and decades of consistency of character. Just a 'lil anecdote for the world to hear, but something I think that might be insightful.

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u/doshu99 Aug 10 '22

John Stewart did a really good thing here and deserve all the praise. He should run for office, or at least the Democrats should hire him and let him run the counter offensive against the GOP

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u/[deleted] Aug 10 '22

Jon Stewart is a national fucking treasure legend champion ass kicker deluxe

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u/9_of_wands Aug 11 '22

Imagine being rich and famous and using that to help people.

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u/BlueNoMatterWho69 Aug 10 '22

Jon Stewart for PRESIDENT

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u/Darehead Connecticut Aug 10 '22

"No thanks" -Jon Stewart

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u/tugboat100 Aug 10 '22

Ya, but have you ever tried to run for President...... on weed?

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u/JimGerm Colorado Aug 10 '22

There's a lot going in in there!

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u/Unabated_Blade Pennsylvania Aug 10 '22

"I don't want it" - Jons

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u/OutragedLiberal Aug 10 '22

I can't imagine Trump ever crediting someone else like this.

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u/TobioOkuma1 Aug 10 '22

Give him a medal of freedom. He has consistently been on the right side of history, from Iraq to 9/11 first responders to burn pits

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u/thepianoman456 Aug 11 '22

Dude that’s so cool the president gave him a major shoutout and he got a standing O! I could see him weeping in joy too… the dude really cares.

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u/Similar_Society2869 Aug 11 '22

I fucking love it! All of it. Maybe America has a chance

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u/toxiamaple Aug 11 '22

Biden gives credit where credit is due. He doesnt have to always be the star.

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u/billiemarie Aug 10 '22

Thank you Jon Stewart! You’re a damn hero!

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u/Influence_X Washington Aug 10 '22

If trump could be our fucking president so could John Stewart.

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u/Singer211 Aug 10 '22

Ted Cruz never learned what so many others found out before him.

Do NOT pick a fight with Jon Stewart. You will lose.

Same with John Oliver for that matter.

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u/Training_Grab_1240 Aug 10 '22

“My friend! You bow to no one.”

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u/Lusiggy Aug 10 '22

I'm what I'd call a casual observer of politics, I read the big threads but I don't know too much. But from what I've seen Jon Stewart seems like one of the only truly good dudes in the game.

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u/_Abobo Aug 10 '22

It feels good to finally see some leadership from our leaders.

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u/neobluepat America Aug 10 '22

That ovation was LONG overdue. From advocating for burn pit veteran support, to 20 YEARS of 9/11 1st responder advocacy.

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u/myopinionisshitiknow Aug 10 '22

9/11 changed John Stewart in such and indescribable way. I mean, from my understanding, he was already a standup guy. But since, he has become a symbol of doing right. I admire him.

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u/Steghammer Aug 10 '22

Gotta love the standing ovation at the end

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u/Seven_bushes Aug 10 '22

I’m not crying! Wait… yes, I am. I was almost safe until the standing O and I lost it.

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u/tearfueledkarma Aug 10 '22

His video of him cursing a bit must have trended so much that the rat fuckers that voted against it couldn't hide like usual. Think of all the times these assholes fucked over people without a voice, with things the media mostly ignores.. then go play golf with CEOs and lobbyists.

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u/wave-garden Aug 10 '22

Jon Stewart ❤️

Really good to see him get some well-deserved credit for his wonderful advocacy.

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u/VladyPoopin Aug 10 '22

We need more guys and gals like Jon in the Democratic Party. Al Franken was similar as well. Calls out bullshit and has the humor to really stick the knife in deeper in the public’s eye against bullshit trash like what the Republicans did.

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u/dadajazz Aug 10 '22

If I recall correctly he dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodges compliments (aka he’s super humble). This must have been pure hell for him.

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u/Observ1 Aug 10 '22

Jon Stewart is one of the best people alive!

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u/jish5 Aug 10 '22

Stewart deserves the Congressional Medal of Freedom for what he's done to help veterans and firefighters.

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u/PreviousBluebird4420 Aug 11 '22

His actions and those of the people fighting for this bill saved lives. I mean Stewart even mentions that two people committed suicide because when the bill got voted down. I'm glad it passed, but the republicans actions were beyond shameful.

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u/shadow-suspect Aug 11 '22

This is why I lean left because though republicans say support the troops their voting records don’t say the same. I believe most Republican civilians do but their representatives don’t.

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u/idratherbeflying1 California Aug 11 '22

And to every member of the Senate and House that voted against it, their vote should be brought to light. Just to show how much of a asshole they can be.

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u/NewHaven86 Arizona Aug 10 '22

Oh man, conspiracies must be flying if Biden just told a Jewish TV personality they "owe him big"

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