September 23rd, 2010
09:44 AM ET
4 years ago

Stewart 'saddened' by Obama

(CNN) – Count Jon Stewart among the legion of frustrated supporters of President Obama.

Appearing on Fox News' The Bill O'Reilly show Wednesday, the liberal comedian said he thought Obama would do a better job when he voted for him in the 2008 presidential election.

"I think people feel a disappointment in that there was a sense that Jesus will walk on water and now you are looking at it like, 'Oh look at that, he's just treading water' … I thought he'd do a better job," said Stewart.


Stewart, who maintains he ultimately does not regret his vote for Obama, said he is "saddened" the president hasn't done more to change the structure of Washington.

"I thought we were in such a place [in 2008], much like the Tea Party feels now, that the country … needed a more drastic reconstruction – I have been saddened to see that someone who ran on the idea that you can't expect to get different results with the same people and the same system has kept in place so much of the same system and same people," he said.


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  1. cg

    Treading water is better than drowning in it , which is where we would be if McCain and Palin had won,

    September 23, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Brian in MD

    Thanks Jon for voting for this fraud. You and the other Obamamites that were mezmorized in 2008 owe the rest of the country a big "I'm sorry".

    September 23, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Tony

    Stewart could move to Canada or Europe. Why wait for socialism here when they already have it there?

    September 23, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Wjs

    There was a time when reporting the news was an ethical facts oriented profession. Jon Stewart's comments were completely taken out of context resulting in a negative slant to what he actually said. I have lost all faith in the credibility of news based on the source. This is so sad. I thought CNN was more credible.

    September 23, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. Tony Rosario

    Jesus Christ himself wouldn't be able to satisfy the american public. I believe that Obama is trying to do the right things in a situation where there are no right choices. We're in the toilet because of a Republican strategy gone very wrong and they made a huge mess.Now they want to drive the bus again and at some point they will and the cycle repeats. None of the politicians that we've elected ,Neither the Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Wiccan, or Rogue, live in the same set of circumstances as I or anybody on my street. We have elected an elitist class to dictate our lives and laws. Send them all home. We've lost the plot. America is not governed by representatives of its comprising constituency.

    September 23, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. F Daniel Gray

    It doesn't hurt to spend some serious time with history books rather than the media's showtime approach to news and information. Even an intelligent and educated person such as the president will find it difficult to innovate and operate independent of the "old boy's (and girls)" club. FDR was no radical and the tinkering of his administration were within the box. In fact the war economy saved the system. It worked. Yet Eisenhower foretold the danger of the military/industrial/political complex which Obama has inherited. No war can save it now. The media, owned by corporate power gives us the "tea party" fear show as an alternate. It plays right into the "terrorists" goal of destabilizing the center. True innovation would entail eliminating the useless military budget and spending those resources on the domestic infrastructure. So, more government action, not less. A tough pill to swallow, but unavoidable. After all, even the Cubans realize truly serious readjustment is, at times unavoidable...

    September 23, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Chris in London

    I think Obama's biggest problem has been that he hasn't been the one shaping the agenda. The far more energised Republicans and Tea Party activists are shaping it. He needs to grab hold of the country and provide more leadership to the country, his party and to the world. He needs to think more creatively. He seems to be stuck between the Jimmy Carter world of studying everything meticulously and the Al Gore 2000 world of listening too much to advisers by reacting to Repubicans with his boarder security speech for example.

    Of course his party does not help him, especially when people like Harry Reid's populist stance on the mosque and his changing the timing of the energy bill. An ideal result for moderates in November would be keeping the democrats in power but where Reid and Pelosi lose their seats. The Tea Party influenced Republicans are just too dangerous at this point.

    September 23, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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