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Elizabeth Warren Praises Jon Stewart: Being on Daily Show ‘Changed My Life’

Plenty of politicians bade farewell to Jon Stewart yesterday, but Senator Elizabeth Warren shared a story about what Stewart did for her on her first-ever Daily Show appearance.

Warren posted on Facebook, hours before Stewart’s big send-off, about how she was really nervous and didn’t say what she wanted to say, so Stewart kept her on for another segment and let her deliver her message.

The Massachusetts senators says that’s a moment she’ll always be grateful for.

You can read her full post here:

The first time Jon Stewart invited me onto The Daily Show six years ago, I threw up backstage. I had gut-wrenching, stomach-turning stage fright. I was a no-name college professor there in 2009 to talk about oversight of the Wall Street bailout. It was important – and I didn’t want to mess up and become the joke. The first couple of minutes seemed so terrible, I thought I would have to resign from my new position on the TARP Congressional Oversight Panel. But when we got to the commercial break, Jon could tell that I hadn’t said what I’d come to say. He took my arm, told me to stay in my seat — and then he let me deliver this message. That moment changed my life.

I’m grateful for every single time someone has come up to me and asked: “Hey, aren’t you that lady I saw on Jon Stewart?” Because almost every time I’ve told someone, “Yup, that’s me,” they’ve followed it up with: “Keep fighting!” That’s what Jon has done for 16 years: with passion and humor, he skewered the people who needed skewering, called out the big guys who rig the system, and prodded us all to fight back.

Thanks, Jon!

And you can watch that Daily Show appearance here, via Comedy Central:

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