The whole family watched this for the last couple of hours, and I just wanted to register my opinion. I was skeptical, I’ll admit. I was a fan of the Daily Show for years, but I haven’t watched much since 2008. I just couldn’t really support the twerpy frat-boy appeal of Comedy Central overall, and I thought Stewart took some unfair shots at Hillary, so I stopped watching altogether. I wasn’t sure what he was up to with this rally.
I’ll admit I was surprised. And entertained. Not just by the entertainment, either. It was actually kind of fun to watch the crowd as it became clear this was not going to be another liberal smugfest, and they were one of the intended targets too. I thought Stewart was pretty fair in his treatment of our political landscape and its effects on our behavior.
Which is why I find it so interesting that there hasn’t been much media attention paid to his closing remarks. It appeared to be a real call for everyone to put away their negativity and view each other as what we are–our fellow Americans. That’s the message I’ve been trying to get out for a couple of years now. My guess is that it will be ignored coming from him too. The vitriol train rolls on.
Speaking of trains, the Train song sequence was the highlight of the show as far as I’m concerned. I lost it when Ozzy came out and was blown away by both Yusef and The OJays. Pretty hilarious. Mr. Peacock, of course, suggested that a *ahem* less reasonable, funnier ending would have been to have Yusef and Ozzy do a duet of Highway to Hell. Heh.
Did you see it? What do you think?