For a certain generation of ironically detached news junkies, big stories are best enjoyed through the filter of the sardonic wit of Jon Stewart. Take for example the news of Navy SEAL commandos killing al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden; shortly after that broke, the Internet became alive with fans openly wondering what the Daily Show host would say. Well good news! Mr. Stewart’s take was both funny and strangely moving.
Longtime viewers of The Daily Show are used to Stewart’s familiarity with the events of 9/11, particularly since he lives only a few blocks from Ground Zero. After delivering a number of funny if not disjointed jokes, and in a moment of self-awareness, the fake newsman admitted that he was far too close to the situation, before and ending on an un-ironic and earnest note of American pride and patriotism. USA! USA!
Watch the clip below, courtesy of Comedy Central:
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