Jon Stewart Slams Obama's Poetry Jam

Jon Stewart may have couched the criticism in a self-deprecating way -- by casting himself as "Old Man Stewart" standing alone, fists a-shakin' in the general direction of the White House -- but he nevertheless continues to prove wrong the people who say that comedians aren't willing to mine the Obama administration for laughs. In this clip, Stewart lampoons the recent "poetry jam" that the first family held at the White House, which honestly does come off a little on the thuddingly pretentious. But listen to me! If Barack Obama were to host Fugazi in the Map Room I'd probably "spend my wad," like Michele Bachmann says. "Mr. President, it's less than four months and you're letting spoken word artists into the People's House? Take it down a notch. What are you going to start running a college radio station out of the basement."

That's Old Man Stewart. You surely know that there was once a Jon Stewart who played soccer at William And Mary who would have totally eaten the Barack Obama White House Def Poetry Jam up. Because he would have done it on weed.


Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.