In the in-imitable style of brutal honesty that Comedy Central has demonstrated, Jon Stewart's writers noticed the same nationalistic rhetoric that W's been using for 8 years appeared in Obama's inauguration speech. The video compares, and contrasts. I agree with Jason Jones and Jon Stewart that it's more tone and context "Why is cheese on Italian food delicious, but when you put it on Chinese food it's disgusting?". When W said it, he was 'chompin' at the bit' to be a cowboy, to 'smokem outta their holes', 'dead or alive', to show his Daddy what a big man he could be, and instead of inspiring all Americans, he only appealed to his hardcore base. When Obama says it, there's a strong sense it is much more lofty, benign, less insidious.
Obama's repeated references to a divine influence and calling, without mentioning the FSM specifically, did strike me as regressive, but I believe he's the first modern US President to even ACKNOWLEDGE un-believers - so that's a massive step forward. " We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers."
1 year ago