Jon Stewart Slams Obama's Poetry Jam

Stewart continues to prove the people who say that comedians aren't willing to go after Obama wrong.

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.


Jason Linkins is an associate editor at the Huffington Post, based in Washington, DC.
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