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. Jan

    I am not half as sad as I was when Bush was President? Duh. As a matter of fact I feel pretty calm. We haven't been attacked on President Obama's watch. The ATTEMPTS were thwarted. I
    feel pretty safe. Unlike when Bush was president and we were always playing "what's the color for today"? Red?, Yellow?
    Blue? I can sing a rainbow. Oh no, that's just white smoke from the Republican fear machine. If you think the country is sadden by President Obama, then vote the republicans back in or the likes of Sarah Palin and her soggy tea bags. Now that's sad. You CONservatives crack me up.

    September 23, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Xious

    Jon has expressed what millions of Obama's supporters feel. No one expected him to wipe out the entire system and put in place a new one but what was expected was a strong stance on issues even if it meant just a one term for him. But it seems Mr. President cares for a 2nd term which I see as highly unlikely and would suggest to him to make an announcement of not wanting to run for a 2nd term so that he can at least create an opportunity for a leader with more backbone than himself to stand up and lead the party and the nation in a better direction. He wrongly believes in the saying that a barking dog does not bite. All the republicans have done is barked since Nov.'08 and bit the Democrats hard. Their unfounded lies have made a base among the electorate. What the president and his advisors (who may be smart but yet are not) does not get is the fact the most of the American populace have been turned dumb by the sheer lie spewing machine of the right. This is a pattern that had developed roots and is holding firm and will continue to do so for time to come until some sense of sensibility is restored among the populace.

    September 23, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. GeminiTwo

    Another dumb person who didn't look at the character and the accomplishments of the individual before they voted him into the most powerful position in the world. It was all marketing hype and now the country is in trouble. Please stop blaming Bush – we can go back to most presidents and find fault with something. Once you take the job, it's yours with all the responsibilities that go along with it.

    September 23, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Jay

    How can people blame Obama? He has a minority hell bent on not letting him succeed. If all it took was Obama's judgement, we'd have a public option, peace in the Middle East, no jobs being outsourced, real healthcare and financial reform, and so many countless good things from this goodwilled man.

    People need to remember that he needs 60 TRUE Democrats in the Senate and 218 TRUE Democrats in the House and 1 of the 5 conservative judges on the Supreme Ct to accomplish EVERYTHING he wants.

    Until he has that, shut the hell up.

    September 23, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Sara, Wisconsin

    Could it be that "change" needs to come from all corners of the country and not just one person?
    Could it be that Barack Obama came into office with ideas that excited many people who were then too timid, lazy or whatever to begin advocating for solutions at a local grassroots level?
    The President attempted a Herculean task of returning the executive branch of our government to its place and depending on the legislative to do its job in constructing laws to govern wisely. Unfortunately, the ensuing gridlock needs also to be addressed from the side of everyone but the President – to ask why the public together with elected officials has spent too much time on demonizing and witch hunting and not on working for constructive solutions – solutions that could be supported fully by the President????

    September 23, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. independent

    Jon goes to Billow. I'm saddened too.

    September 23, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Mike from MN

    You do have to realize that do only people who can kick out the establishment are the voters. And the people running the show in Washington are still the old establishment. There is really nothing a President can do. You really expect the establishment to vote against itself?

    September 23, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Brett

    That's ridiculous. Obama has done 10x the work in office that Bush did, and we re-elected Bush! Amazing. Obama isn't the problem, our government system is. Why would a congressman vote his/her conscience if it meant he would lose his job? Also, there are too many attorneys in office. They are a reactionary culture and do nothing until it smashes them in the face. We need visionaries, entreprenuers, and real businessmen in congress. Even better if those folks are veterans.

    September 23, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Rickster

    Anybody with half a brain knew that Obama was not going to be a good president. Nothing in his background suggested that he could handle the job. Although I must confess, even I had no idea he would be this bad. Stewert and everybody who voted for Obama should hang their head in shame.

    September 23, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. mattmchugh

    While I tend to agree with disappointment over Obama's actions in office versus his campaign promises, notably on matters of transparency (i.e., back-room compromises on healthcare, preserving closed Gitmo tribunals, etc.), I don't know how anyone could have expected anything different. This is how politics work: deals, compromises, and a certain amount of disingenuous pandering. "Change" and "Hope" are campaign rhetoric; it's naive to think otherwise. I'd still contend that Obama is an exceptionally intelligent and fair-minded man, head-and-shoulders above most who have held or sought his office. The fact he's not an infallible visionary or immune to the corruption of adversarial politics does not make him a failed president. Just a typical one.

    September 23, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Judy

    I'm surprised by Jon Stewarts comments. Thought he had a more realistic sense about him. Like many Americans he thinks things can happen overnight. How is Obama suppose to kick everyone out of office and change everything in less than 2 years! Get real America! There are major obstacles in government processes in case you hadn't noticed. No one can make the sweeping changes they all promise unless they have lots of time which Americans are not willing to give anyone. Change is being made little by little and I dare anyone to come up with a real plan that specifically lays out how you can make major changes in such short span of time

    September 23, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. marty

    I'm saddened to witness a political party who simply refuses to put this country ahead of personal and party gain. It's ridiculous to think that not one Republican could support the President in some of his endeavors. NOT ONE! This is like a child who takes a tantrum until he gets his way. And...we're seeing a lot of tantrums. In 2000 we had an election decided by the Supreme Court....that was sad...now we are privy to possibly getting persons voted into Congress purely on an emotional reaction, not anything substantial. I am much more saddened by the antics of the electorate and Congressional Republicans who have become mean, nasty, and very, very hypocritical.

    September 23, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. ronald malaney

    john, Obama is a lawyer, that never had a real job producing anything. his whole life has been about PANHANDLING, AND STILL IS. If you would have really looked into his past, you would not have been disappointed or surprised,

    September 23, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Ben

    Exactly! I second all of Mr. Stewart's comments. As a Conservative who voted for Obama because I felt that the Republican party was betraying its core concepts, I am frustrated at Obama's inability to keep even his simplest campaign promises (transparency in the government) and his stubborn insistence on ramming legislation that wasn't the cornerstone of his campaign into law (health care, stimulus, etc.). But, as Mr. Stewart points out, why should we expect anything to change with the same system and same people in place?

    September 23, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Robert

    Well when you elect to be in a middle of a mess, only so much one can do, lets face reality, if the administration has good advisors who care about issues other than trying to influence, brown nose or whatever the term to be used is used, it is like being on a ever running ferris wheel, we go in circles and that is what has a happened.

    September 23, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. barry

    Most People who voted for president Obama probably do have feelings similar to Jon Stewart. Whether the majority don"t regret voting for him would be up for debate, although John McCain wasn't a thrilling option.

    September 23, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. gt

    john were all sick about obama... now its time to do something about it... move on..

    September 23, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. Jack

    Disappointing? Look at what has been accomplished. Obama saved the country from a depression, got healthcare reform through, withdrew combat troops from Iraq etc. Would we have liked him to do more? We are working with the worst economy since the Great Depression. It's really really tough. It's taking a lot of the energy away from other issues. This is like a bunch of trapped miners complaining because the crew digging them out is not digging fast enough, not realizing that, everytime the rescue crew digs down it hits another vein of rock. The problem with this boomer generation is they want everything to happen yesterday. There is no sense of modest, steady progress. Thsi is true of those on the right and those on the left. "I want my changes and I want them NOW."

    September 23, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. SEL

    No offense to John Stewart. I love him and all. But maybe he should be feeling sad that he was stupid enough to think that Obama could change the structure of Washington in the first place.

    September 23, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. Monster Zero

    Boohoo! Poor John Stewart disgruntled with the liberal lefts figurehead of incompetence. At least he hasn't joined the 6-8 million of unemployed Americans that will NEVER again be able to regain what they had worked their entire lives for. Wonder what this idiot comedian makes annually influencing the young sheep that are too inexperienced in life to understand the difference of their vote. Oh wait, I think I can see a Third World Nation from my front porch.

    September 23, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. Tim

    It looks like just about everyone is realizing the farce Obama is. Too bad they couldn't see the smokescreens for what they were before they voted that travesty into office.

    September 23, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. js007

    Very well said. Pres. Obama hired a bunch of Clinton folks and let them beat the idealist out of him, turning him into a "pragmatic" triangulator who believes in incremental change when nothing less than a complete overhaul is what is needed.

    September 23, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. mj

    Obama can't even handle the economy in his own Country, but is going to make a world-wide trip to promote our assistance? There is currently 1 out of every 7 Americans on some form of Government Assistance. Poverty is at the highest level in decades. Could somebody please point out to this man that America needs jobs, financial security, and much less Government interference.

    September 23, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. beevee

    I am afraid that the president took on many more things than he could handle and may not have prioritized changes that he needed to implement to bring the economy and jobs back. From the get go of his presidency the GOP banded together to oppose him every step of the way and did not offer any concrete suggestions to get us out of the economic crisis. One thing that the GOP did very well was to bad mouth the president and the democrats every step of the way. I hope american voters remember all these when they vote for the GOP in the midterms and in 2012 elections.

    September 23, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Richard Komi

    My fellow Americans, while we all had high hopes in Obama, we should realize that he did not come into office with a magic wand. For him to fix a problem that took eight years to creat, we should be looking at more than eight years to finish that problem. As the saying goes, it is easier to destroy than to build. And above all, Rebulicans should be ready to work with the president not obstruct whatever he wants to do because of partisan politics.

    September 23, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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