Has Jon Stewart, ‘The Daily Show’ Turned On Obama?
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Has Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” turned on President Obama?
During a segment last week titled “Democalypse 2012: Cash of the Titans,” host Jon Stewart took the president to task for hosting numerous fundraisers.
“President Obama attended six separate fundraisers just in the Northeast corridor. It would’ve been seven, but that would be a bit much, don’t you think?” Stewart said. “He’s the president. He does need some downtime to plan tomorrow’s fundraisers.”
The president has hosted 160 fundraisers so far, double the number President Bush hosted his entire first term, according to CBS News.
Celebrity heavyweights have been by Obama’s side during recent events. Academy Award winning actor George Clooney hosted one at his Los Angeles home that netted $15 million for the campaign. Last week, Obama raised $2 million during a fundraising dinner at the New York City home of Sarah Jessica Parker, which was also co-hosted by fashion icon Anna Wintour, whom the movie “The Devil Wears Prada” is based on.
Stewart couldn’t hold back that little detail.
“I’m glad the president is going to be with Anna Wintour because if there’s two things that the American people relate to, it’s the devil and Prada,” Stewart quipped. Obama has been labeled as “out of touch” hosting these type of fundraisers with the Hollywood elite.
Stewart added later on in the segment: “It feels beneath the office of the presidency for Obama to hustle this hard for dough all the time.”
This wasn’t the first time Stewart has criticized the president. Last month, Stewart poked fun at the president’s “evolving” views on gay marriage before Obama said during a nationally televised interview that he believes gay marriage should be legalized.
The president last appeared on “The Daily Show” in October 2010, while Michelle Obama was a guest on the show last month.
Obama is trying to play catch-up after Mitt Romney raised $77 million compared to the president’s $60 million.