September 23rd, 2010
09:44 AM ET
10 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. Amy

    I couldn't agree more.

    September 23, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. Dean

    Based on what was known about Obama's personality and experience, only a fool would have thought that he would have done a passable job as president.

    September 23, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. DENNA

    I am not disappointed with President Obama on the whole. I do, however, think he should have started with the economy. Not only would he have succeeded, he would have put the Republicans on the defensive, much like he did with unemployment benefit extensions. Considering he has had to deal with the Rethugs, the Tea Party and rogue "Democrats" I think he has done an outstanding job. Getting any progress is going to get tougher if the Senate and House are turned over to the Republicans. Now I have a question: If tax cuts to the rich and business are so wonderful, how did we get into this mess? George Bush passed out tax cuts like candy, and we are in terrible shape. Any answers? Anyone?

    September 23, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. Jill American

    That's the problem! Too many americans "thought" Obama would do a good job, but based on what? Certainly NOT his resume! They were all aboard the Obama train way too early during the primaries. This has been going on forever in this country, passing over a much more qualified woman for a younger, good looking man. Obama should have been in the number 2 spot, then in 2012 he would have been ready. Hillary was much more qualified to work with the 'other side', she had a proven record there. Jon and the rest of you only have yourself to blame.
    Gosh, so fustrating, saw this one coming.

    September 23, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. larry

    I'm saddened by Jon Stewart's appearance on that rightwing two faced hypocrites show. I'm also saddened by CNNs new format.

    September 23, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  6. rkm63

    Perhaps Stewart, Colbert and Maher would be alot happier if they moved to Cuba or Venezuela. I can dream. LOL

    September 23, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. stufit

    So many people think Stewart is a comedian, he is just another shill for Obama and the DNC. Funny how the liberals will knock FOX News, claiming they have an agenda and will defend Stewart. They really don't know the difference, they have been brainwashed by the unions and the DNC.

    September 23, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Don't feel bad, Stewart... most Americans are either outraged or just plain disgusted.

    September 23, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. John from LA

    Now Finally someone is speaking to the Obamabots and they'll listen-Could've told you this one the night he was elected!-Man up Obama and DO YOUR JOB!!!-PUSH THINGS THROUGH JUST LIKE THE REPUBS. The Republicans NEVER have a problem with their agenda!-But the Great and Almighty O tries to please ALL-NOT GONNA WORK!!!

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

    When you expect a savior to come walking through the door and change EVERYTHING for the better, and then you find out that Mr. Savior is just an ordinary guy – yeah, of course you're saddened.

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

    I am so frustrated! Bush left the country in such a mess – creating a huge job for Obama to fix. Add to that, trying to get the job doen with the GOP doing everything they could to hamper Obama making any progress!
    there should be a lot more press about the GOP creating the problems and inhibiting fixing the problems.

    September 23, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Brian

    I love Jon Stewart, but I would never have guessed he would be another bandwagon jumper. OMG Obama didn't run into office and rewrite the Constitution! He's not fulfilling his promise!

    Obama said hundreds of times on the campaign trail that change is painful, slow and very difficult, and it requires ALL of us to cooperate, not just him. Now everyone is falling into the fear traps laid out by the GOP and turning on Obama, right in the midst of a massive shift in how we can view and trust government.

    Sometimes I really hate how petty and ignorant Americans can be.

    September 23, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. Rick

    It's tough when you're handed two war fronts and a nation on the verge of economic and financial collapse. However, it does seem as if progress has stalled now that the GOP, or what's left of it, tries to hijack the country leading into mid-terms.

    September 23, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. mightyfudge

    You're not alone Jon. The last 18 months have broken my faith that government can ever be anything more than battle ground for special interest groups. The middle has lost their voice, and I'm not sure they'll be able to regain it.

    September 23, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. Russ

    Let's just say Obama treading water is a hell of a lot better than drowning under McCain and Palin!!!!!

    September 23, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. Jimbo

    I too was expecting him to do a better job. The media portrayed him in such a positive light. His speaking skills were great and he had catchy campaign slogans. I guess this proves that change isn't always good. Unlike Stewart, I do regret my vote for him and it won't happen again in 2012.

    September 23, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. SayWhat

    I think that Stewart is a pretty funny guy, in the tradition of back of the class wise-guy funny, but being an intelligent person, just how did he realistically expect President Obama to dismantle the way that this country has always done its political business, in less than two years? Having the luxury of standing of to the side and sneering at everyone in the rat race of real life, I think that Stewart is a little naive in his expectations. If he took a close look at the obstacles that the Administration had to overcome in getting what legislation passed that it did, in the face of an opposing party singularly devoted to obstructing him any way that they can in order to regain control, the money of corporations and Wall Street and their lobbyists and a 24/7/360 voracious media cycle that creates more news than it reports, I think he has done a very good job.

    September 23, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. Right Leaning Independent

    Come on Jon, you had no clue what he stood for because he rarely voted when he was in the Senate! He had no record to be held accountable for and yet now you are disappointed in him. It is dangerous to vote for a candidate you know nothing about because you have to wonder what he is hiding from. Obama obviously was trying to conceal his ultra liberal agenda! It is obvious that a community organizer does not make a good President....

    September 23, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. America Shrugged

    My only issue with President Obama is that he hasn't been progressive enough. That being said, given what he has to work with in the Senate, where bills go to die, I guess he's doing a better job than expected.

    September 23, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. Shan

    The problem is that Obama ran on ideals. He sold us a vision, which usually something that is nearly unattainable. The mission and objectives are the hard work that may help you get to that goal the vision represents – but it's never quick and simple. Other candidates run on things that are relatively tangible even if far-fetched: "no new taxes". We can't help but feel disappointed by Obama because his campaign was such an idealistic movement. He promised love and hope. He represented the better side of humanity, that we can do better and be better. But Is all of his something any president can really provide or sustain? Idealism and the real world often don't mesh, particularly the real world of politics and government. Is the president supposed to be an evangelist? Has there ever been a president who wasn't disappointing on some leve?

    September 23, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  21. DemDallas

    Jeez, what a bunch of sell out, quitters. I'm standing by Obama and my decision to vote for him in 2008 and again in 2012. Whether or not Obama gets re-elected depends solely on the state of the economy at the time of the 2012 election cycle. The economy will drastically improve by 2012 and then all of the sudden you're going to see sell outs like Jon Stewart and Donald Trump come rushing back to say, "I knew he could pull it off."

    September 23, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. Joan

    Maybe if the Republicans hadn't already decided to vote as a block AGAINST everything he tried to do, even if it was in the best interests of the country and they had supported it before, then a lot more would have gotten done. They filibustred more in this term than all other terms put together. They early on boasted that they were hoping he would fail which was hoping that the country would fail too. He has had to work against the Republicans and the media also. They love to cover every little negative thing but fail to give his administration real credit for its accomplishments. The media let Bush off with everything but criticize every little thing Pres. Obama does. Considering what he was handed, this man has done a remarkable job. A lesser man would have crumbled. The U.S. doesn't realize what a great President they have and don't deserve him.

    September 23, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. jim

    No matter what Obama does as president now or in the future Jon Stewart will defend him and make excuses as to why his administration has failed the people.

    September 23, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. rick

    we need less people complaining and more people finding solutions to problems. talk is cheap and it's easy to complain about the president when the economic problem in this country is larger than any single person, even the president of the united states.

    September 23, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Andy

    Way to go John! What's the matter? Ratings slipping? The execs giving you a hard time? Way to stand by your convictions. Yeah .... the President can transform a 234 year old institution in 2 years.

    September 23, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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