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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soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Sean Devereaux

    Mr Stewart. you are only partially correct. Did I not read that a lot of the people Obama is trying to bring in are blocked by the Republicans, or had other legal issues that disqualified them. Also don't you see what has been plopped down in front of the President since he has taken office. There has been one maor distraction after the other which he had to attend to, none of these of his own making by the way. Please maintain some objectivity with your expectations. Do you think special interest is going to roll over without a fight just because they are asked? Everyone know they and corporate America truly runs the country via some very vested Republicans. Get real

    September 23, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Roy barnes

    Its amazing how people in position to really understand the complexities of legislation Act as if they dont understand what he's up against. tea party has risen from behind the curtain to show they are alive and thriving. making the republican party look like liberal democrats. whats at stake here is the balanCing scale. entitlement programs have forever been tilted one way & now that obama has came into power. fairness & equity has a leader in its agenda. unfair to say or even judge presidency at this point, given that we have over 16 years of financial decisions that plagues our economy and deficit. clinton signed nafta, which allowed outsourcing for jobs. bush tax cuts has the disparity gap wider than ever before in history. he has enacted strategically laws to counter these ills at its core. will appreciate them 20 years from now. health care was bleeding profusely,& no politician took the cause on seriously. he passed it. instead of blaming, he leads & accepts the challenge. he leads!

    September 23, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Cory Kleinschmidt

    Well, gee, when you're going up against unanimous Republican obstruction, what can you expect to achieve?

    September 23, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Jill-IN

    It is really a sad commentary on the so called adults in our society who think things can change instantly when the entrenched institutional structure has been in place for decades. How immature to think that we wouldn't be up for a strong headwind of fighting after the election. Weaker folks bail and run so quickly instead of standing firm and staying the course with the vision. Of course, if this were a dictatorship, I guess you would get change fast. Our constitution and form of government was designed such that it did not bend and change so quickly as with each wave of public opinion and sentiment. It is a hard tough process and one that most people do not have the stamina or mental endurance for.

    September 23, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. SAY WHAT...

    Well the Republicans pretty much dried up all the water Jon so it is a little too much to ask some one to walk on it...

    September 23, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. spikette

    O'Reilly cut Stewart off with every question he asked. If you watch the clip Stewart made he comment, and wanted to go on to explain and Oreilly did not allow him to. i watched a 12 minute clip of O"Reilly's hostility, snarky, immature cutdowns, and ignorance all the while not allowing Stewart to say much of anything. O'Reilly came out of the clip looking like a fool. I will be sure to watch Stewart to see what he has to say. Seeing how cnn grab this little comment, projecting something that isnt which is exactly what Stewart has been saying about MSM, and why people listen to Stewart as opposed to MSM. very disappointing cnn. your bad.

    September 23, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. john

    Oh look...someone else that made a mistake in 2008! Let's don't do it again in 2012! Libs, are you listening?

    September 23, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Russell NC

    A lot of people are saddened by Obama.

    September 23, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. Tam

    And how quickly would Stewart bring about change in the Washington quagmire? In one year? c'mon! be realistic. At least we have a President who can think, can speak, is intelligent, and human. Remember the last 8 years?

    September 23, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. msmetz

    Jon Stewart for President, Stephen Cobert for Vice! That would work.

    September 23, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. Square Peg vs Round Hole

    Stewart & Cobert = President & Vice, 2012

    September 23, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. evelin

    CNN, you left out the rest! Where he says, that he will vote for Obama again! I can't believe why media always gives sound bites, but not the complete story!

    September 23, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. TM

    Kinda hard to really change anything when one side always says "NO!"

    September 23, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Gigi

    That's what happens when clowns are getting into politics and foreign affairs (see Colbert and Jon Stewart). I always thought that clowns were there to entertain people and not get into areas that they do not comprehend. I've meet people who are terrified of clowns, and now I understand why they fell that way.

    September 23, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Blaum

    A ton more people are upset with this president than people think...... but you can learn all about that in November...

    September 23, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. BeanerECMO

    Gee, what sharp knife!! And to think that so many other sharp knives get their 'news' from him. But, remember, they vote.

    September 23, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Jeff t

    i agree. i didn't vote for obama, felt he was way to liberal. but when he won i hoped the country would finally start working together and stop calling each other names. it's both sides. watch fox news and talk about them but then check out the Ed show or olberman on msnbc. it's the same garbage. i'm a married white father of two and i want most of the same things black, hispanic and asian married fathers of two, or three or four want. safe places for our kids to get good educations, opportunities for them if they try hard and do well, a safe country, and leaders, not politicians, running our government. somehow it seems like a lot to ask.

    September 23, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Michael

    Problem with Obama is he is a Idealist and he had a Supermajority who wasted no time trying too get his partys 40 year wish list passed. Only problem is this nation is center right and wanted him and his partys attention focused only on the economy and jobs not on their wish list items. If he and his party had only focused on jobs and governed just a bit center left we would not be having any of these discusssion and the Democrats would never have lost the Independants and the nation.
    Edgewood, NM

    September 23, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. AngieS

    What do you people want the man to do? He's just a human being like any other, and he can't change anything until WE THE PEOPLE stop voting for the same idiots who got us into this mess in the first place. The president can't change the structure of Washington without OUR help and for some silly reason WE are the ones who are unwilling change. Our apathy is not something that can or should be blamed on the President.

    September 23, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. Peter

    My options were Obama or McCain. I made the right choice! It's the party of "no" that I have a problem with today.

    September 23, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. oyer

    To: Jon Stewart
    I think you "need to take it down a notch." President Obama can not work miracles and never claimed to. If you are going to become one of those Obama bashers count me out! If criticism will be the focus of your rally don't count on me to be there. I am a 52 year old Mexican American female who has had enough of Fox News bias, Tea Party hatred, and constant criticism of a man who is only human. If you think you can do a better job Mr. Stewart, why don't you run in 2012? I am fed up by critics like yourself who only offer criticism, but no support or genuine ideas!

    September 23, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. henri

    Stewart is a comedian. Nothing more, nothing less. Just because he can get on stage and make fun of all politicians, doesn't mean he has a clue.

    September 23, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. king of the kings

    Man was trying to every thing to help this country, but even before he take the office the Republicans started saying no to every thing including their own bills

    September 23, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. jeff, alabama

    First off, I didn't vote for Obama.
    But, I could care less what this so called comedian
    thinks of national or international politics.
    Too many air head comedians get their own show
    and for some reason many American people think
    celebrity makes a person brilliant all of a sudden.
    These comedians are professional clowns.

    September 23, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. John

    Well well well. John Stewart finally sees what 50% of the people saw from the start. Obama is the poster child for machine politics, what did he expect? I'm not saying there was much of an alternative in 08, but...........

    September 23, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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