Comedian Jon Stewart was among those who called out President Obama for his flaccid debate performance in which many noted that the president looked weak, depressed and unenthusiastic. But the Comedy Central host made an even more astute observation: President Obama has no room to ask for enthusiastic support from his supporters if he himself cannot “bring it” in a crucial debate against his election opponent.
“You and your campaign have demanded a level of effort, urgency and relentlessness from your supporters – a level of effort, urgency and relentlessness you failed to display in a national presidential debate,” said The Daily Show host during the October 4 broadcast. “Shouldn’t your urgency and passion be on par with the urgency and passion of your e-blasts?“
Stewart gave some tangible examples of these intense email blasts, telling viewers, “And it’s not just the number of emails, it’s the intensity of their content- ‘This is our one shot.’ ‘Say you’re in’… ‘I can’t do this on my own’ – and by the way you made that abundantly clear last night.”
He ended the segment blasting the president with some harsh words offered from the now infamously profane Obama ad featuring actor Samuel L. Jackson. “I’m tempted to leave you with the wise words of a noted actor – whose campaign viral video has been forwarded to my inbox 1,900 times,” Stewart said. “I believe it goes a little something like this.”
The Daily Show then showed the clip of Samuel L. Jackson leaning into the video emphatically stating, “Wake the f*ck up.”