State of the Union

Who Said It: President Obama or Jon Stewart?

10 mushy platitudes that came from either Obama's final State of the Union or the former Daily Show host's "Rally for Sanity and/or Fear."


As President Obama's final State of the Union

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wrapped up with a series of meaningless feel-good platitudes that seemed ripped from his 2008 stump speeches about bipartisan unity and moving toward a politics that "reflects the best in us and not the worst," I was struck by how much theses cliches resembled the ones deployed by former Daily Show host Jon Stewart during his earnest closing speech at 2010's interminable (even compared to a State of the Union) "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear."

Take a look at the 10 statements below and see if you can surmise who said it: President Obama or Jon Stewart? Answers at the bottom of the page, below the video. No peaking!

  1. This was not to ridicule people of faith, or people of activism, or look down our noses at the heartland, or passionate argument, or to suggest that times are not difficult and that we have nothing to fear–they are, and we do.
  2. The rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better. 
  3. This is a big country, with different regions and attitudes and interests. That's one of our strengths, too.
  4. Where we live, our values and principles form the foundation that sustains us while we get things done–not the barriers that prevent us from getting things done.
  5. Voices that help us see ourselves not first and foremost as black or white or Asian or Latino, not as gay or straight, immigrant or native born; not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans first, bound by a common creed.
  6. We can have animus, and not be enemies.
  7. That's the America I know. That's the country we love. Clear-eyed. Big-hearted. 
  8. Because we know, instinctively, as a people, that if we are to get through the darkness and back into the light, we have to work together. And the truth is there will always be darkness, and sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel isn't the promised land.
  9. Most Americans don't live their lives solely as Democrats, Republicans, liberals or conservatives. 
  10. It's easier to be cynical; to accept that change isn't possible, and politics is hopeless, and to believe that our voices and actions don't matter. 

Now's as good a time as any to revisit this Reason TV classic, where Nick Gillespie and former Reasoner Michael Moynihan braved the crowds of sane and/or scared people to bring you an on-the-ground report. Watch below. 

ANSWERS: 2, 3, 5, 7, 10: Obama. 1, 4, 6, 8, 9: Stewart 

NEXT: Obama's Final SOTU Is a Dud, Like His Presidency

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  1. That’s just great @Reason. Now Jon fucking Stewart will think he can be president. Platitudes and all.

  2. peaking……acid trips FTW.

    5 out of 10. They both are good at baffling with bullshit. I used brevity being Obumbles is so long winded. I have only seen Stewart a few times,it seems he’s a gasbag in Barry’s league as well.

    1. “They both are good at baffling with bullshit.”

      It helps that their fanboys imagine themselves the epitome of learning and culture, while spouting nonsense obvious to those who reflect on the comments.

  3. Apparently Fisher is sick of being invited to HuffPo circle jerks. Back to the cosmotarian ghetto with you, Anthony!

  4. I chuckled….this bullshit is overtaking the nation, it shouldn’t be funny but Ive been n watching Cnn What a trainwreck..

  5. My favorite part is when politicians/pundits pine for the days when politics where civil and amicable, as if there was a time when politics of the day weren’t contentious and messy. There have been fist fights during legislative sessions for crissake. Of course these pining for the sensible days of yore are immediately followed by pleas for the “extremists” to come to their senses and completely cave to whatever the speaker’s preferred policy prescription.

  6. “PEAKING”?!?!?!?! Shouldn’t that be “peeking” and not “peaking” or “Peking”?
    Christ, reason has the same editorial level as Gawker…

  7. My most favorite part is when lawmakers/savants pine for the days when governmental issues where common and friendly, as though sometime in the past legislative issues of the day weren’t combative and untidy. There have been clench hand battles amid administrative sessions for crissake. Essay Writing Service UK – True Essay Help obviously these pining for the sensible days of yore are promptly trailed by requests for the “radicals” to wake up and totally give in to whatever the speaker’s favored strategy solution.

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