On last night’s Daily Show, host Jon Stewart began by admitting that he wasn’t sure that the evening’s show was going to be a particularly good one. “I would love to say that we’ve got a great show for you tonight,” he said, “I’m not sure that’s the case.”
STEWART: It’s hard to know what to say. The events this weekend in Arizona weigh heavily. Sadly, it is a feeling that this country has experienced all too often and unfortunately for our show, the closer that we have gotten towards discussing and dealing with current events the harder it becomes in situations where reality is truly sad.
And after a minor bit of japery with correspondent John Oliver, Stewart began an unpolished monologue about this past weekend’s tragic events. While it clearly didn’t occupy the momentous emotional real estate that 9/11 did, Stewart’s response was, in many ways, parallel. It was raw in its delivery, spontaneous in its reflections, and insistent on identifying the reasons why one shouldn’t be brought to a state of despair.