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. FM

    I expected Jon Stewart understood well how the system works in Washington, and would be in a position to explain this to other people who are not aware. Unfortunately it seems he is not. Pres. Obama is not a dictator that he gives orders of what he campaigned for, be implemented according to his wish.

    September 23, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. JDD

    "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."

    He talked his way into the Presidency, and you chose to ignore his 20-year spirutual influences, his lack of executive, business and legislative experience, his actual (if brief) record of favored political methods, and his sealed acedemic records.

    He sold you a book and you got exactly what you paid for.

    September 23, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. kennywest

    It's hard getting change in a country where most people are really stupid.

    September 23, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. jack

    Did Stewart just fall off a turnip truck?
    How the hell is Obama to get anything meaningful done with the 24/7 attack and refuse to cooperate campaign of the Republicans? Also, you have to be president for all the people, not just those in your party or those who supported you.
    Every single president we've ever elected ends up in washington and sees the real picture once their in there. It's not like the campaign trail.

    September 23, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Dave

    Yeah Jon is right. Obama has been Bush #2. Sad.

    September 23, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Willa-PA

    Yes, he does not walk on water and yes, he is not Jesus and yes, yes, he is not the messiah and he is not a miracle worker. With a little, or a lot, of co-operation, things would be better for about 98% of us. However, by looking at what the republicans are proposing today, we would be going backwards and things would be the same and 98% would be taking the brunt of the bad situation we would be in and stay in and the top 2% would benefit. The hatred for this man is just dispicable while he is one of the smartest presidents we ever had. It takes intelligence and compassion to make this country whole again and with the choices we have from the teaparty republicans, well, they obvisously are illiterate and lemmings to listen accept what is not in their best interrest.

    September 23, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. Marco

    We are all disappointed; however considering the mess he inherited, he managed to do a lot, considering total republican apposition.

    September 23, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. blake

    Liberals are often so naive and gullible. Jon, it may be time to take a serious look at the conservative alternative.

    September 23, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Bvaudt

    I give Mr Stewart credit for admitting that he was duped by someone telling him what he wanted to hear. I am waiting for the government leader that will say," Here is what we are going to do, expect this to get very ugly for a while and then get better. Here is the objective." Then of course the objective would have to be something tangible and measurable not just another platitude. Examples in my lifetime would be Truman and Reagan.

    September 23, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. MIKE IN NC

    Too bad Stewart and the rest of the media didn't do a better job in exposing this fraud before he was elected. The Republicans ran that chump Mc Lame so of course American chose this guy. The "Fourth Estate" has relegated it job as a challenger to government propaganda to becoming the mouth piece to help prop up this loser. I can't wait for November 2nd. Thank you Mr Obama… America has awakened from it’s coma. The tide is turning!

    September 23, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Laurie

    He changed health care and got us out of Iraq in the year and a half he's been in office. Those are very big changes from the previous administration. He's dealing with a WAR as well as an economic crisis. What more change do you want? Be specific, John.

    September 23, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Tony

    I am a Democrat, and a former Hillary supporter...

    We said in 2008 "...there is no there, there". All smoke and no fire, hasn't finished any job he ever started...does any of this sound familiar?

    Hillary 2012!

    September 23, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Bertina

    The sad thing is, this doesn't help except those on the other side. If that was what Stewart wanted to accomplish by his comment, then that's what he will get.

    September 23, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. Living in America

    Wow everyone expect for him to be a magician. He has done a wonderful job. Go Obama Go!!!! The Tea Party is all take and doesn't have an agenda to put the country on the right track. DUHHHHHH!!!!

    September 23, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. Ned

    Hey Jon, make sure you have a nice large container of asprin for you will need it on November 3rd, Mmm, mmm, mmm!

    September 23, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. Obozo VooDoo Economics 101: Spend your way to prosperity, tax your way out of recession.

    WOW! "Saddened" that Obozo hasn't been able to dismantle, destroy and screw up even more huh? Sure tells everybody where the leftist loons in this country want to take us all!! Vote them all OUT or risk losing this country.

    September 23, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. Ben in Texas

    I'm with Jon on this. Why don't Obama and the Democrats work as hard to preserve constitutional government as the right does to destroy it? Why were Bush and Cheney not brought to justice? Why did they cop out on single payer health care? Why did they not take strong action against torture, signing statements, excessive government secrecy, and so forth? Why did they appoint middle-of-the-road Supreme Court justices, instead of forcing through strong progressives to counter the radical right wingers on the Court? Why even debate the Bush Welfare for the Rich tax cuts, instead of immediately bumping the tax rates up for the wealthy? The list goes on and on.

    The people who elected Obama and gave him a majority in Congress have gotten the shaft. And now we're left with the choice of weak Democrats or vicious right wing nutjobs. Sounds so familiar.

    September 23, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Mahmoud El-Darwish

    Wow! Jon Stewart sure isn't much of a historian is he? roll the tape back to 1992, when Bill Clinton took office under far more favorable circumstances. The first Clinton term was pretty much a sleeper, though he did manage to get some key legislation through, albeit thanks to better ( and more bi-partisan ) support in Congress. Has Stewart forgotten that President Obama is still in De-Bushifcation mode? Let's give the president more De-Bushification time, as a true recovery will not really occur before his second term– just as it did in Clinton's second term.

    September 23, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Under the GOP and McCain we'd be drowning walking on the bottom.

    September 23, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Robert

    Lighten up Jon.

    September 23, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. phoenix86

    Oh, poor John. Maybe next time he won't be so ignorant of who the candidate really is.

    September 23, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. Jillian

    That's the whole story?

    September 23, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Gregory Pierce

    This sort of disappointment is inevitable when all you do is hope for something and don't personally take up the flag to make some of th changes happen yourself. The structure of Washington is unchangeable and anyone who tells you they are going to change it is lying to you or unfamiliar with the culture of US politics.

    Obama has pushed forth most of his campaign agenda in less than 2 years, so the people who were hoping for change have gotten substantial change in then areas where Obama promises change. In the other areas, like the economy, any economist will tell you that politics cannot better the economy, just stabilize it or make it worse. An economy has to recover on it's own when the natural forces of the free market dictate that things are okay, not when a politician wants them to be okay. Obama has the unenviable position of having to sit around and stabilize the patient while the economy runs its course.

    September 23, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. Susan Domingo

    I was saddened by John Stewart's unfair criticism of President Obama. Why did he think he would be able to walk on water. How could anyone be so ridiculously naive. Anyone would be a failure with such expectations placed upon them, maybe even John Stewart.

    September 23, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Don

    I have to laugh when people who essentially voted for a feel-good bumper sticker feel dissapointed and saddened. Do your homework, people!

    September 23, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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