Bill O'Reilly to Jon Stewart: 'Do you have Obama remorse?' He kinda does...

Appearing on The O’Reilly Factor to promote his new book Earth (The Book), Jon Stewart was asked by Bill O’Reilly whether he had “Obama remorse.” After jousting jokingly with O’Reilly for a few minutes, Stewart said the problem with President Obama is that “he ran as a visionary, and he’s led as a functionary.” Stewart said Obama kept too much of the “same system and the same people in place” when he came into office.

Talking about his planned Oct. 30 rally in Washington, D.C., Stewart noted that it would last from noon to 3 p.m. and its war cry would be “We’re here, but we’re only here till 3: We have a sitter!”

Stewart referred to O’Reilly as “Fox 1.0″ and said that the current “Fox 2.0″ is more radical: “I think you can’t believe what you’ve unleashed,” said Stewart, presumably referring to, oh, I don’t know…Glenn Beck, maybe. “On this network [now], you’re left-wing,” Stewart concluded.

The two men seemed to enjoy each other’s company immensely, and O’Reilly announced he’d be appearing on The Daily Show next Monday.

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  • Quique

    So 8 years of a retarded cowboy [thank you Russell] and 4 years of a Chicago gangster. Next!

    • Mr Blankenship

      and 1 minute of an idiot

    • Fizzy

      @Quique
      Gangster? Retarded cowboy? And who exactly are you? A cross between Einstein and Mother Theresa? Sheesh cut these people a little slack, they’re human just like you and me. We b*tch and moan about our politicians but we’re the ones that created them or they wouldn’t exist. Oh, I know, YOU didn’t do it I’m sure. Yeah. Right.

      • Mr Blankenship

        that person is just stoopid

    • jethrine

      no clue what you’re talking about – maybe that’s just as well

    • lefty247

      You mean – 8 nightmarish years of a retarded ex-cheerleader/fake sissy-boy cowboy.

      And hopefully 8 years of visionary
      foundational and revolutionary change created by President Obama
      and our great Democratic Party.

  • mr.smelly

    i enjoy both. funny how 2 people with widly different political ideas can become friends.

    • fish

      See what can happen when two people disagree, but they’re civil with each other? They can actually discuss topics and not call each other nazis or socialist.

      • Cleetus

        No “Fish”, this is what happens when O’Reilly knows what yelling and screaming at his guest won’t work this time. O’Reilly is “civil” only when he has guests who will tear him a new hole if he tries his usual bully boy tricks.

      • Peter

        Fish’s point still stands, Cleetus. If people stop yelling and screaming for a minute, real debate and progress can be made.

      • Lina

        I’m with you Fish. It’s so sad that we let the craziness turn us all into yelling, screaming children. This just shows that honest (and funny) debate doesn’t have to bring about the next Tyson vs. Holyfield.

      • April

        @Fish,

        I believe that Olbermann and Hannity are good friends too – along with many Republicans and Dems who come off as hating each other – just for TV. It’s all entertainment folks and they all have loads of money and we don’t.

        Meanwhile, they are influencing the narrative of what’s going on this country…not cool.

      • SueN

        I agree with Cleetus. O’Reilly has seen how Stewart handles Glen Beck and wants no part of it.

  • tom in Canada

    This is underscoring Stewart’s main premise these days. Those with differing political viewpoints can still respect and appreciate each other. Politics can’t be a battle to the death — something that’s becoming an increasingly bigger issue up here too.

    • jethrine

      Jon Stewart has always been like that, not just these days. His discourse has always been civil despite differences. Quite a rare quality these days.

    • joesmom

      That’s why Jon Stewart is my fav newscaster, even though he is a comedian. He pokes at all sides of politics even though he is liberal. If the libs are idiots, he calls ‘em on it. Same with the Rethugs. O’Reilly couldn’t slam him because Billy Boy knows Stewart is just as smart as he is and won’t put up with the bull pucky. I just wish more of our “representatives” were willing to shake hands and work TOGETHER to heal this country.

  • Jason

    Damn, you people on Entertainment Weekly are soooo freakin left-wing its nuts. I agree Glenn Beck gets way out of hand, but this country is going to shit. He has reason to shout and cry and be wacky. Atleast he is actually DOING SOMETHING. All you people do is talk about music and celebrities and movies like they’re this GLORIOUS GOD! like they have this holy importance in our life. its weird, man. try standing up for something worth while

    • Nancy

      So don’t read the magazine!

    • Kim

      Jason, it’s called Entertainment Weekly for a reason. It’s right there in the name. They’re supposed to talk music and celebrities and movies. Maybe read a newspaper or Newsweek or something if you’re looking for something more profound. And, tell me, what else does Glenn Beck actually do, other than shout and cry and be wacky?

      • Peter

        Newsweek? Please. It’s somewhere between The Onion and Cracked now.

    • Michael

      Jason, for goodness sake, get off the computer and go take a walk.

      • RyanK

        I’m just going to copy and paste this as my own comment.

      • Ap

        Thank you Michael!

        I listen to my Mom, she’s semi-retired and at home a lot, and I think the world is going to end tonight. But once I go to work (2 jobs), go out and have fun, live my life – I realize it’s not.

    • Katja

      Kim already wrote everything I was going to. Well put, Kim.

    • wino

      ummm, have you forgotten to take your meds? repeat after us…ENTERTAINMENT Weekly.

    • ann p

      jason people like you are the ignorant fan base people like beck depend on. HE IS A CELEBRITY. he is a former ‘morning zoo’ radio dj who saw performing to people like you would be profitable and it is. none of these people on fox or cnn or are anything but celebrities who care about one thing RATINGS and the salary they pull in. now drink your koolaid.

      • Peter Parker

        Speaking of koolaid, just where do you think Jon stewart came from? Cox school of journalism? Nope. Hollywood! Entertaining people! That’s why he’s on comedy central and not say, MSNB… well I guess that’s a comedy station too though isn’t it? Well anyway, drink up ann!

      • amy

        And do you not think Jon Stewart knows this? He fully admits he is an ENTERTAINER. He and Colbert are aware that their shows are on Comedy Central…that they are Hollywood figures. In their case, they are a rare instance of intelligent, thought-provoking entertainment. It is because they don’t come from a particular political party (though many people on the right scream that they are liberal) that people listen to and trust them. The exact problem that Jon Stewart is rallying against is that people are fed up with extreme partisanship and it is possible to have civil discourse. You are right, they are not entertainers on a “news” station pretending to be a real journalists or political experts unlike Beck, O’Reilly etc. Get it now?

    • JD

      Right wing people should create their own Hollywood/creative class, so they can stop pounding on the existing one… oh, wait, they never have talent, class, artistry or anything else that it would take!

      • Vikki Sixx

        You would be surprised by some of the people in Hollywood who are right-wing. I suggest viewing a documentary called “Rated R” some day

      • RyanK

        Vikki’s right JD. And that’s coming from me, a pretty staunch liberal.

      • Sean H

        FOX network(not News, the network) tried a weekly conservative version of the daily show that tanked. Conservatism doesn’t lend itself to comedy in the same way liberalism does. If the show had a half decent writing staff it might’ve been cool though(instead they had sketches with Ann Coulter as Vice President,etc.). It’s kind of sad when you think about the fact that there are guys like PJ O’Rourke or Drew Carey who are conservative and funny.

    • Linda

      “At least he’s doing something.” Ha! Love the Modern Family reference.

    • Mr Blankenship

      did it ever occur to you that you are way to right. Truth has a liberal bias believe it or not. Its your cult that brought up God. And remember this: ANything good in this country came on the backs of liberals…40 week, vacation, insurance, civil rights and on and on. The right started with Tax Cuts from Reagan and Bush nearly finished it off…they used to pay 70% and we had manufacturing and natural resources. They also deund education so you don’t get smart enough to not vote for them. They want big big GOD to keep you in fear and lots of babies to keep you beholding. Notice just the serfs not the elite as you like to call us. Since when is having a good vocabulary and an education not a good thing. I suggest you read redstate or maybe Highlights.

      • Holly

        You are unbelievable. It is just shocking to read what people like you have to say. You are so full of hate, and you are so uninformed. You want to act like you are superior, but did you even read your own post before submitting it?

      • Jason

        Well I’m liberal, and I’m not actually qualified to say anything bad about your character just from reading your post… but you crazy.

      • Scott

        “It’s not that liberals aren’t smart, it’s just that so much of what they know
        isn’t so” -Ronald Reagan

      • Sean H

        @Holly: People like us tend not to hold rallies at the Lincoln memorial in an attempt to co-opt the civil rights movement for political reasons(I cringe whenever anyone does the “MLK would think…” game).

        @Scott: Ronald Reagan isn’t the best guy to quote about quality of ideas. Reagan doctrine, while somewhat effective in the short term, propped up Al Qaeda and the Taliban which provided just another piece of data on what blowback can come from foreign intervention. He also raised taxes during a recession because that was what his economic advisors said was the sane response(which it was).

    • waya

      Yes, Beck is doing something – he is riling up hate and racism and encouraging people to buy guns and USE them. Its sickening. Obama was legally elected by a majority of America. If some fruitcake club can’t accept it, then use your vote in the next election instead of threatening everyone. Its ridiculous.

      • Mic

        The sad thing is, we did vote, but only once, unlike some Obama voters!

    • Sara

      How is shouting and crying doing something?

    • Elizabeth

      What the F is he doing? Holding self-congratulatory rallies to pat himself on the back?

      When he actually does something – and not bash the opposite party – then you’ve got a point. Until then, Glenn Beck is a former addict who gets TV time, like the jerks on Celebrity Rehab.

    • charmuse

      dude, you got off the bus at the wrong station. You don’t go to Coldstone and lecture them for not having pizza.

    • Marven Garden

      Fixing a train wreck (thanks you, GOP) with minimal pissing and moaning – well, that’s getting something done. Thinking it’s going to be fast and easy? That’s what gets simpletons like Beck crying and tea bagging.

  • rebecca

    the problem with Mr. Obama is everything.

    • Matthew

      Ironically, isn’t that just the sort of comment that the middle of the country has grown tired of? You can’t find not even one single thing he has done that you approve of? Not one? Sheesh, even I can find a couple things Bush did that were positive.

      • rebecca

        what you want me to approve of Obama? he supports abortion, he supports sending money over to other countries to have abortions, he isn’t stopping the war, he isn’t protecting the borders, he wants us to not be afraid of the same people that destroyed the twin towers, should i continue? I could but I don’t want to write a 20 page list right now. So no i don’t approve of anything that he has done.

      • Tom

        So you don’t even approve of giving health insurance to 4 million uninsured children? Geez you’re cold.

      • amy

        Rebecca, please get some news from some place other than Fox News. I’m not being snarky. I mean it. Even if you can’t stand left wingers, just watch/read another news source for a day. It is an exercise in expanding your horizons a bit. I don’t approve of everything Obama has done. I actually think Jon Stewart is spot on with his criticism. That being said Obama is a human being. He isn’t evil. He isn’t a terrorist. He doesn’t want to destroy America. Come on!! Be reasonable! The man ran for President because he is an American and he loves his country just like you and I. I don’t agree with most of what Bush did, but I recognize that he was a human being. I support abortion. Not because I think it is something women should do as a first option, but because I don’t believe someone has the right to tell another person what to do with their own body. I’m not evil. It’s just a difference of views.

      • to Rebecca

        in answer to your question, please DON’T continue – you need to turn off Glenn Beck, Fox, Limbaugh, come out of the backwoods, listen to other media, READ, EDUCATE yourself, stop spewing forth other fear-mongers’ agendas and

      • to Rebecca part 2

        AND…form your own opinions!

      • @Rebecca

        and how many unwanted children have you adopted?
        pro-lifer’s really need to get off their high horses and start answering this question. because if they are not doing it, the child becomes a ward of the state. and if abortion is no longer an option if requested, there will be more children in the system. are pro-lifer’s in favor of increasing funding to supply the necessary food, clothing, *medical care*, and shelter to these children? because if abortion is illegal they should be in favor of increasing the size of government to take care of these kids. BUT OF COURSE NOT, THAT WOULD MEAN INCREASING THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT. conservatives can’t have it both ways.

        conservatives=taking government out of our lives so that they can replace it with theocracy, since the 1980′s.

      • Say What?

        Amen to @Rebecca! I bet you’ll never hear from someone pro-life saying they are adopting those children and donating $$ to support all of them in the states care. Raise taxes to pay for these costs–ha, ha! You can’t be for one thing and then ignore the consequences!

      • bret

        Shouldn’t Obama want us to not be afraid of terrorists? What does that say about you that you think a president should want his people to be afraid? I am happy to say that I do not live in fear of terrosts, even if I acknowledge their existence.

      • Scott

        THANK YOU DEMOCRATS for taking us from 13,000 DOW, 3.5 GDP and 4.6%
        Unemployment… to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION
        Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
        FIASCOS! (BTW: Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie – starting
        in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy).
        And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac????
        OBAMA
        And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie???
        OBAMA and the Democratic Congress
        So when some one tries to blame Bush…
        REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007…. THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!” Bush may have
        been in the car but the Democrats were in charge of the gas pedal and steering
        wheel they were driving.

      • lisa

        Scott the biggest drop the stock market has ever seen happened when bush was still in office, 2 months before Obama was even elected. You might also remember that he was the one who first gave out 700 Billion of Tax payer money to Financial groups such as GS and AIG when then all gave themselves bonuses and bought a 60 million dollar jet

      • fish eye no miko

        Scott said: “REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007…. THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!”

        Bush was president starting in 2001. If the Dems took over in 2007, that means he had six years with a Republican (ie, his own party) congress, including during the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac stuff you mentioned earlier. So why did the Republican congress not do anything about it in those six years?

    • TV_Pete

      I believe that President Obama has good intentions and means well. I also believe that he appears to treat his family well.

      I’m glad these two were able to show their ability to discuss and possibly disagree without it being a personal attack. I have a brother-in-law who is unable to hold discussions with anyone who questions the role of government spending and all it has done for him and his family.

      • rebecca

        treat his family well? didn’t something come out about 2 years ago that said that he didn’t spend anytime with his family? he looks like a terrible father, only wanting more media time that is why he shows off his family

      • Katja

        I agree, Pete. I thought the same of Bush – he meant well, he had generally good intentions and seemed like a nice guy. I didn’t agree with him most of the time, but to borrow from one of Jon Stewart’s rally posters, I’m pretty sure he wasn’t Hitler. :)
        Rebecca, if you look at those little girls, they seem quite happy with their daddy. Kids aren’t good actors; you’d know if they felt something was wrong. I’m assuming he is and was a very busy man, purely because of the position he’s in and the position he was in as a presidential candidate. But that doesn’t mean he’s a terrible father, even if he can’t spend 5pm to bedtime with his kids.

      • SouthernIL

        Geez-Louise, Rebecca. He’s the President and how he’s able to spend “any quality time” with his family is amazing!! And, what President didn’t have media time in the past 20+ years?? The media clamours all over one another just to get a pic! Get a grip! Yes, O’Rielly didn’t make waves with Stewart because he knew he’d be sitting on a “donut” for several days afterwards!!

      • MaryJane

        Guys, Rebecca is showing you how ridiculous the arguments are, she’s not for those things. People have to take a step back and actually read things before they criticize. Also, since when does being a Muslim equal being a terrorist? Have any of you ever had Muslim friends? Have any of you ever come out of the hole that you live in to take a look at the real world and see that someone having a different religion than yours doesn’t make them the boogeyman? There was a time in America when being Irish was considered being the lowest form of humanity; and there was a time when being Italian was considered to be laughable clowns because they “talked funny”; and there was a time when Jews were considered to be less than worthy because they didn’t worship a Christian God; and there was a time when African Americans were considered to not be human beings because of the color of the skin. That’s what is wrong with this Country, people don’t know how to stop and listen, and to take a long, hard look at themselves, they just may start to realize just how stupid they really are.

    • Troll

      Even I think rebecca is egging people on with ridiculous comments.

      • AVI

        I certainly hope miss rebecca is working on not bringing any unwanted children of her own into this world.

        Personally, I appreciate a President who appreciates insulation.

    • lisa

      Rebecca.
      Muslim does not equal terrorist. I suggest you make an effort to get to know someone who follows Islam and see you probably have more in common than you think. I don’t think all Christians are abortion clinic bombers. Please educate yourself. Don’t spread hate.

    • ann p

      rebecca some of those muslims you hate so much are fighting and dying for the usa in the us military in afghanistan. what are you doing besides mindelssly hating cause some witchcraft practicing republican tells you to?

    • DH Stone

      Rebecca: If you read a newspaper every once in a while, you’d know that Obama is deporting more illegal aliens than did Bush or any other president and has been more aggressive in pursuing Islamic terrorists than any past president. But I guess facts never matter to a hateful bigot like you.

    • Mr Blankenship

      the problem with you is you know nothing: Here is truth..
      That would be to save this country from the trashing it took from W and his D!ck

      National Debt Increased by 81% under Bush:

      2001 – $5.871 trillion
      2008 – $10.640 trillion

      National Debt Increased 24% Under Obama:

      Jan 31st 2009 = $10.569-Trillion
      June 30st 2010 = $13.149-Trillion

      But of the $2.6-trillion increase, 98% was carry over from Bush programs:

      Bush: $607-billion = Interest on Debt 2009/2010
      Bush: $240-billion = Iraq War Spending 2009/2010
      Bush: $319-billion = TARP/Bailout Balance from 2008 (as of May 2010)
      Bush: $419-billion = Bush Recession Caused Drop in taxes
      Bush: $127-billion = Bush Medicare Drug Program 2009/2010
      Bush: $141-billion = Bush Meicare Part-D 2009/2010
      Bush: $514-billion = Bush Tax Cuts 2009/2010

      Bush’s contributions:

      2001 to 2008: $4.769-trillion
      2009 to 2010: $2.367-trillion
      Total: $7.136-trillion

      Obama only contribution: $580-billion = Stimulus Spending (as of May 2010).

      • farhan iqbal

        Now that is what i call a true genius at work. The Great depth of the Deficit plus thet debt its awesome how he broke it down by years. Bill O’Reilly was scared but what i am waiting for is now Monday on how does O’Reilly does on his show. Jon Stewart should just let him have it all. It should be a great TV plus a great way to show the Mirror to O’Reilly that he has not seen for a while

      • Tim

        All the carryovers you mentioned were from a Democrat-ran Congress. Bush should have vetoed more than he did, but he was only 1/3 of the reason debt skyrocketed. Democrats were responsible for 2/3.

    • waya

      So Rebecca – are YOU going to adopt the crack addicted, handicapped minority baby because its mother couldn’t get an abortion? Come on dear – you are FIRST in line, yes? Well, someone has to take this child because the GOP wants to cut social programs that WOULD have taken care of this child. Or do these kids have to live on the streets like the little street urchins in India???

      • ALM

        Waya, great post. But I bet Miss Rebecca still won’t get it…

  • S.O.

    I hope The “Rally for Sanity” will be televised live somewhere

    • Stephanie

      If everyone wanted to stay home and watch, who would be at the rally?

      • Chris P.

        Some people can’t make it to the rally, but want to see what’s going to happen even if they can’t make it there personally. This is the rally for average Americans who, unlike the fringe, don’t spend their lives living and breathing politics and activism 24/7 and actually have lives and families to support.

      • Stephanie

        “The revolution will not be televised.” – Gil Scott Heron

    • Lstat

      I heard CSPAN might carry it

  • redvector

    You’ll probably see Obama’s approval numbers hit the low thirty’s by Christmas. When that happens his presidency is finished.

    • Quique

      What is going to raise his rating by Christmas? LOL

      • Karen

        Oh snap.

      • @Quique

        Maybe it’ll be his present from Santa Claus!

    • ann p

      since his health care plan starts taking effect today, you will see hundreds of thousand of people thanful to obama. and also the infrastructure part of the stimulus is starting to kick in. we shall see. but it cracks me up that americans are now so feeble that they believe you can correct 8 yrs of stealing and corruption in a couple of years. life to some has become a tv commercial.

    • Mr Blankenship

      you got nothing not even a candidate
      That would be to save this country from the trashing it took from W and his D!ck

      National Debt Increased by 81% under Bush:

      2001 – $5.871 trillion
      2008 – $10.640 trillion

      National Debt Increased 24% Under Obama:

      Jan 31st 2009 = $10.569-Trillion
      June 30st 2010 = $13.149-Trillion

      But of the $2.6-trillion increase, 98% was carry over from Bush programs:

      Bush: $607-billion = Interest on Debt 2009/2010
      Bush: $240-billion = Iraq War Spending 2009/2010
      Bush: $319-billion = TARP/Bailout Balance from 2008 (as of May 2010)
      Bush: $419-billion = Bush Recession Caused Drop in taxes
      Bush: $127-billion = Bush Medicare Drug Program 2009/2010
      Bush: $141-billion = Bush Meicare Part-D 2009/2010
      Bush: $514-billion = Bush Tax Cuts 2009/2010

      Bush’s contributions:

      2001 to 2008: $4.769-trillion
      2009 to 2010: $2.367-trillion
      Total: $7.136-trillion

      Obama only contribution: $580-billion = Stimulus Spending (as of May 2010).

    • Lance

      @redvector – I’ve heard quite a few people, including but not limited to FOX NEWS people, say that if so and so happens his presidency is finished. is that supposed to mean he gets kicked out of the white house? you can’t impeach a president because of low approval ratings, only if they do something illegal which I’m pretty sure hasn’t happened. so i’d like to know what you mean by ” his presidency is finished”

  • GregJames74

    president Palin…I hope you all get exactly what you wish for

    • Jason

      Greg….just because because Obama sucks as a president and just becasue we all believe that, doesnt mean we like flippin Sarah Palin. She’d be worse. My vote is for Romney. If Palin would just stick to moose hunting, I’d be a happy man

      • fish

        we just lived 8 years under bush, who will go down as one of the dumbest and worst presidents in the history of the US. bush had both houses of congress and look at all the good stuff he accomplished. Eroded our personal freedom with the Patriot Act, lost over 4,000 men & women to two pointless wars and spent over a TRILLION in those wars too (http://costofwar.com/), his economic plan lead our country and financial system off a cliff.

        And you guys say that Obama sucks. LoL, the internet and all the crazy posters provide a lot of laughs.

      • AVI

        Everyone thought Carter sucked, too. Everyone was wrong.

      • ann p

        it doesnt really matter what you want does it? romney wont get the tea party endorsement. that is palin’s if she wants it. and what are you neocons doing in the primaries? voting in tea party candidates, who votes in the pres candidate? the protion of your party with the most influence and right now that is the tea party. if she wants it palin WILL be your con candidate in ’12

      • Mr Blankenship

        ROmney HAHAHAHAHAHAH I am from Massachusetts. Good Luck he’s a Mormon never happpen

      • to Jason

        but the moose wouldn’t…

      • MaryJane

        Romney’s an idiot. He moved to Massachusetts so that he could claim he was from that state and run for governor, he left it in ruins with his ridiculous policies. I lived in MA during those years and he showed us just what kind of an idiot he is, if anyone was dumb enough to elect him president, you’d be praying for the return of Obama.

      • Eddie

        Cool! That’s a cvelre way of looking at it!

    • Jason

      Greg….just becasue Obama sucks and just because we all believe that doesnt mean we like Palin. Palin would be worse. If she sticked to Moose hunting for the rest of her life, I’d be one happy man. My vote is foor Romney

      • rebecca

        I am surprised, people actually admitting they don’t like Mr. Obama!!! I don’t usually see this on EW.com!!!
        he is a terrible president and that doesn’t mean I want Palin, she annoys me and she needs to stop butting into state elections.

      • Mr Blankenship

        why is he a terrible president?

      • to Blank & Becky

        Why is he terrible? 1) Has too many concerts at the White House 2) Likes Beyonce

    • j

      I guess I don’t get all the Obama-bashing all the time now; I think it’s media-driven. If you pay attention to what he’s been doing in the past two years, he’s actually accomplished a lot. He did what no one could do with healthcare, even if it took him months! He pushes and pushes and does get things done, but he has to work within a framework which sucks – the outdated structure of Congress. If it were up to me, the Senate would be abolished, so I’m glad it’s not up to me, but even if I were president I couldn’t make it happen because we are not a dictatorships and presidents don’t have that power! If you thought he would snap his fingers and magically fix the economy overnight, then you were just fooling yourself. Is the fantasy-loving part of my heart disappointed that he didn’t have a magic pill that fixed everything overnight? Sure. Does my brain tell me that it is impossible to fix our problems overnight so to give it more time and do my part? Yes. No one man or party has the ability to fix our nation all at once. If someone better comes along in ’12, I’ll vote for them. However, at this point, I see ZERO contenders who could handle things better than he is doing right now, in any party, with any affiliation. Zero. I do think that, as citizens, we could all work harder to participate in the political process so that corporations have less influence and the loudest people don’t get all the attention of the media. This is why Stewart’s rally is so important – reasonable people need to speak up and take just a little bit of action. Not shout and rave, but speak up. And I think part of the reason, actually, that people find it so easy to hate on Obama and forget what he actually has done is because he really is so reasonable – he doesn’t shout and get mad. He just keeps trudging, and I think that’s more important than making a big show and yelling about abortion and all this other crap that comes up every election.

      Sorry I just get frustrated when people say “he’s terrible” without understanding what actually has been accomplished or putting these past two years in context. Bush had his good points too (AIDs relief in Africa, and I agreed with him on immigration reform) – I just think boiling a president who’s been in office less than 2 years in these circumstances to “terrible” is premature and, frankly, immature.

      • molly

        Thank you!

      • Jason

        Good point. I tip my hat to you, sir.

    • Me

      Look, I just ate. I want to keep it down.

  • theBigE

    I regularly vote Republican, but if Palin gets the GOP nomination in ’12, I’m voting for someone else!

    I respect both Stewart and O’Reilly – glad to see them making nice.

  • Eric

    For all you Obama bashers, what exactly would you consider a successful president? While I don’t agree with many of Obama’s policy changes, I at least can recognize his attempts at promoting change at the economic and health care levels. I can guarantee that a large part of the derisive comments about his presidency is at some level a reflection of his skin color. How else to you explain years of defense against the worst president in recent decades from the right and the relentless degradation that Obama faces.

    • GregJames74

      I dont think they know what a successful presidency looks like, surely not the previous 8 yrs

    • Nerwen Aldarion

      Right, we don’t want Obamacare because Obama is black. We don’t want 2 trillion deficit spending because Obama is black. We want Congress to READ THEIR BILLS because Obama is black!!!

      I found out something these last 2 years. I learned I’m a racist. I didn’t used to be a racist. I used to just be “crazy” a “wingnut” “insane” “dumb” and just plain “psycho”

      But as soon as I turned against Obama’s policies I became a “racist”

      I have news for you, I DON’T CARE THAT OBAMA IS BLACK. He could be blue, pink, green, or multicolored. I don’t like his policies.

      We will NEVER be a postracial society if we continue to use race as a victimization, a way to pit people against others, a way to derogatize others.

      I thought that when Obama was elected that we would finally be a “post racial” society, that is what all of the talking heads on TV said.

      But I’ve heard racism as an excuse and heard people be accused of racisim more and more each day since Obama took office.

      It’s funny, I see Obama’s policies when I look at him. It seems like the people who want to defend him just see the color of his skin.

      • Me

        I want Obamacare and I work for…UNITEDHEALTH CARE! There, I said it! When my main computer program crashes at work, which is often, I kill time by reading the news and I get so frustrated with people talking nonsense about death panels and killing Grandma. You know who is killing your Grandma? UHC (United), Blue Cross, Aetna, all the health ins giants. My employer offered health insurance is crap. We use my husband’s. What does that tell you when the health insurance employee doesn’t use her company’s own product?

      • Greg

        LOL on a board full of idioc comments yours was the first to mention to his race! We are far from being a post racial society if you think that then you are as stupid as the Republicans and Tea Party pegged you as..

      • Michael

        Nice argument, except for the very end, when you utterly destroy your own point by accusing all of his supporters of being racist.

      • rebecca

        Mr Obama is not black he is gray. Our first gray president.

      • TruthIsComing

        Hmmm…but you have no problem with the trillions spent on wars that didn’t need to happen…so it’s ok to KILL americans, but for gods sake, let’s not spend money making them healthy…that would be socialism! You need to stop reading and learning, instead of just turning on fox news. You’ve been brainwashed.

      • AVI

        Have any of you ever had to bankrupt because of a $30,000 medical bill at the age of 25? Have any of you been blindsided by health issues during a pregnancy because the majority of your adult working life was spent uninsured simply because you were putting yourself through school and only working parttime?
        Have any of you delayed or skipped going to the doctor because you couldn’t afford the co-pay?
        Have any of you ever had a child that was denied medical assistance from insurance because a condition was deemed pre-existing?
        I could go on about why the Healthcare I experienced for the last twenty years needs to be changed. If we have to, we will change it some more. I can assure you, I am working on it by writing to my elected officials…the ones I vote for and the ones I don’t. I write to the President, too. How many of you bother writing beyond these mostly reactionary internet blogs?

      • ann p

        actually i dont think you are racists cause of obama. what proves your racism is your mindelss hatred of islam and AMERICAN citizens who are muslim. what proves to me you are a racist is your party pegging obama as a muslim as if thats insulting. what proves to me that you are a racist is your ridiculous contention that obama is not a us citizen. what proves to me that you are a racist is you wanting to ignore the constitution to stop the mosque in nyc. what proves to me that you are a racist is your hatred of hispanics to the point where you AGAIN want to ignore the constitution in regards to thier children. i dont see anuyone saying send the children of canadian illegals back to canada and there are hundreds of thousands of them. but they are white. what proves to me that you are a racist is your pegging everyone muslim as a terrorist cause of the wtc bombers yet not pegging everyone christian as a terrorist because of eric ridolph the christian terrorist bomber. agsin cause most of them are white.

      • @Me

        Preach sister! I can never understand how people are willing to trust insurance corporations over their own government. Governments have to report to the people. Insurance companies are there to make a profit, not to help people with health care.

      • Mr Blankenship

        you are the one that just brought it up bigot

        That would be to save this country from the trashing it took from W and his D!ck

        National Debt Increased by 81% under Bush:

        2001 – $5.871 trillion
        2008 – $10.640 trillion

        National Debt Increased 24% Under Obama:

        Jan 31st 2009 = $10.569-Trillion
        June 30st 2010 = $13.149-Trillion

        But of the $2.6-trillion increase, 98% was carry over from Bush programs:

        Bush: $607-billion = Interest on Debt 2009/2010
        Bush: $240-billion = Iraq War Spending 2009/2010
        Bush: $319-billion = TARP/Bailout Balance from 2008 (as of May 2010)
        Bush: $419-billion = Bush Recession Caused Drop in taxes
        Bush: $127-billion = Bush Medicare Drug Program 2009/2010
        Bush: $141-billion = Bush Meicare Part-D 2009/2010
        Bush: $514-billion = Bush Tax Cuts 2009/2010

        Bush’s contributions:

        2001 to 2008: $4.769-trillion
        2009 to 2010: $2.367-trillion
        Total: $7.136-trillion

        Obama only contribution: $580-billion = Stimulus Spending (as of May 2010).

      • ALM

        Nerwen, I am not a person who uses the “racist” label lightly. I think it is a word thrown around much too freely, and often used as an excuse to absolve minorities of responsibility. Having said that, I would love for someone to explain to me why it is okay to use such vitriolic, hateful language with regards to the current administration? If anybody dared to criticize Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc. and the havoc they were wreaking on our country, they were branded “unpatriotic”, but it’s okay to impune this President’s religious beliefs, birthright, ethics and morals (and fathering skills). I can only deduce that there’s an element of race to it all.

      • Cyelii

        I’m not eaisyl impressed. . . but that’s impressing me! :)

    • Mike

      True that Eric. All of the negative comments are snide, and with a rather obvious taste of bitterness/spite. These people obviously never liked him, and are trying to blur the line b/t progressives who want more change, and themselves, the conservatives, who want nothing but a return to 2007.

      • Scott

        January 3rd 2007 the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives
        and the Senate, the start of the 110th Congress. The Democratic Party controlled
        a majority in both chambers. Mr Blankenship now you know the truth and can now blame the party that was really in control. The economic meltdown started after the Dems took over.

    • laylagalise

      You speak the truth, my friend.

    • tatar69x

      Eric – “I can guarantee that a large part of the derisive comments about his presidency is at some level a reflection of his skin color.”

      I can guarantee you if it wasn’t for his skin color he wouldn’t have made it into Columbia or Harvard, wouldn’t have become a pet of powerful donors to U of Chicago that kept him 12 years in a special lecturer job intended for visiting tenure profs or ex-judges for a 1-2 year stint. He wouldn’t have been elected Senator. And the media wouldn’t have fallen over themselves to elevate Black Messiah to the Presidency.

      One big problem though with “Obama regret” was just how awful McCain-Palin was as the alternative.

      I’ve heard a lot of people say they regret he is President now, but don’t regret their vote for him in Noc 2008 until now. They rolled the dice.
      They knew McCain would be absolutely dismal…but didn’t know if the inexperienced Boy President would be good or bad. OK, he IS bad.
      But the vote was for a guaranteed awful Republican and his nitwit sidekick…or a person who could be worse, but just possibly was better than the dinosaur and the Moose.

      • Mr Blankenship

        that is the stupidist comment anyone ever made. The man is brilliant and now who is pulling the race card, he will have a second term despite your racism

  • HouseParty

    I wonder who all these geniuses think could have resurrected the titanic that was the white house after the Bush administration was over? These same geniuses thought Bush was the 2nd coming of Christ – let’s not forget that. The radical right are the last people on the planet I would assume have an ounce of good judgement. They make one terrible decision after another…and when someone ELSE makes a decision, they just scream “no!!!” Uneducated, unintelligent – they have nothing to offer the country. I would like to see REASONABLE conservative and liberal voices arise and give balance to this polarizing discourse we are calling political debate.

    • Nerwen Aldarion

      When did the right EVER think that Bush was the second coming of Christ? (In fact it was Obama that was called the “Messiah” NOT Bush)

      Go onto any Right Wing website, they criticize Bush too. They blame him for the start of the out of control spending that the Dems in Congress ran with with the Stimulus Bill.

      • Kim

        It’s funny though, the only ones I ever hear referring to Obama as the “Messiah” are right-wingers. No one I know of that voted for Obama has called him that, and I certainly don’t know of anyone that thinks that he is. We know the difference between Obama and Jesus, thank you very much.

      • j

        yeah he’s not a god. He’s a man, and a flawed one. But he’s trying to do the right thing, and that’s something this country hasn’t seen in a while. That’s all.

      • TruthIsComing

        CORRECTION: Bush approved the stimulus…Obama rode the gravy train for lack of choice. Had he not, the teabaggers would be screaming “release the money and save the country!” You can’t please or reason with these uneducated, Beck-addicted cult members. They’re inability to use common sense is not something that can be repaired. They are ruined.

      • ann p

        when did the right ever think bush was the 2nd coming? did you just start using the internet? we talked about resistance fighters and were told by the right that was treasonous. we talked about bush doing a bad job we were told that was treasonous. the dixie chicks talked about being embarrassed of bush and THEY WERE THREATENED WITH DEATH!
        i could go on all day literally.
        what are you like 14yrs old? we spent 8 yrs being called traitors for disagreeing with bush and toold if we didnt like it we should leave america. so if YOU DONT LIKE IT NOW,theres the door!!

  • Jon

    I am surprised Bill allows people on his show who are vastly more intelligent than he is.

    • AVI

      I was surprised, too.

    • Katja

      Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly have always had a good, friendly debate going on both their shows. They’ve visited back and forth a number of times. Sometimes it can get a bit heated, but I think they respect each other even if they disagree. It’s very pleasant to see.

    • ann p

      imo its because john stewart is from nyc and old enough to remember all bill oriellys origins and how much bs he heaps on the public as to his origins. this keeps oriellys stage idiocy in check cause stewart WILL call orielly on it.

  • couchgrouch

    Obama’s not bad…he’s just a dud. after Bush the US needed a Lincoln. unfortunately men of that caliber are lost to history.

    • AVI

      We are making history, right now. We cannot yet compare today to Lincoln.

    • Mr Blankenship

      I would like to see you fix 30 years of deregulation in 19 months

    • ALM

      Lincoln wasn’t very popular in his day, either. Only with time and hindsight can we come together and agree he was a great man.

      • Quique

        Actually Lincoln was a bit hasty. Any logical person would have implemented laws requiring slave owners to teach every person under their authority to learn a trade and give them some basic three Rs. Instead, he freed these innocents and they were left to fend for themselves in an incomprehensible world. Negligent and hasty.

  • MJ

    Eric is totally correct. No one in my lifetime since Nixon has had a more violent opposition force as Obama. What other reason could it be? As far as the economy goes, just what does the opposition expect him to do – make the bankers loan the bailout money out to stimulate the economy?

    • Mike

      How quickly people forget the right has consistently PREVENTED the change Obama sought, but it can’t go without being said that the Democrats are pansies. Good heartened, in general, but they don’t have the big stick Ted Roosevelt talked about. They just speak softly.

      • GregJames74

        I do agree with that…they do need to speak up..a lil bit and louder. I mean they’ve quietly gotten some important things done despite the NO on the right.

      • rebecca

        we need a president like Theodore Roosevelt. if we had someone like that today would scare the living daylights out of those democrats!!

      • egghead

        The level of outright stupidity in this country just amazes me. No president, no matter how tough or visionary, can snap his fingers and make things happen. Three bodies of government are needed for anything to happen. How the hell would Romney change anything? Or anybody for that matter. As long as we have a polarized atmosphere things will not change. The dude cut taxes for the middle class, guided the most sweeping (if still not enough) health care reform, pushed through financial reform, and stopped the bleeding of a recession quickly going to a depression. You may disagree with some of the policies, but I’m pretty sure he’s not a Chicago thug (where does that even come from?), definatley not inneffective, and I’m pretty sure not Hitler. Our problems need real pragmatic solutions, and people continue to act like children.

      • Rebecca

        Oh please… you (rebecca)would whine about about his liberal environmental policies. Remember, Teddy’s the one that decided to create all those National Parks. He was also anti-trust and pro-regulation. Also, I guess by your standards today, he would be an “elitist”, since he cames from old money and was Harvard-educated. It’s funny how all you “Republicans” seem to forget your roots.

      • Mr Blankenship

        @rebecca…Roosevelt was a republican but the parties were reversed until 1964 when Civil Rights passed..Teddy Roosevelt was a liberal by todays standards and Democrats need never be scared, You should that you even think that. Google Repubs vs Democrats and see what you get. They spend more tax more and fight wars more…they just say they don;t and now they have fox. ANd then Google Southern Democrats 1964..they jumped to republican and KKK’d up because Pres JOhnson passed Civil Rights.

  • jmartnwa

    It’s always entertaining when Jon comes on the Factor. Though I don’t agree with his politics, he’s immensely talented and I immediately started searching for the best value on his book… which I actually did not know had released. It’s the same whenever Colbert was on… the two guys get along, they have a little fun, go on each other’s shows, and the world doesn’t explode. If only more discourse could go in this way.

    • Katja

      I love what you wrote. Personally, I lean a bit more Stewart than O’Reilly in politics, but I always enjoy seeing O’Reilly on The Daily Show. “the two guys get along…and the world doesn’t explode.” Exactly. It’s totally okay to disagree with someone without completely demonizing them OR criticizing their intelligence.

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