Video: Jon Stewart oddly unimpressed with ObamaSpeak on “spending reductions in tax code”

posted at 7:00 pm on April 16, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Via TaxProf Blog, The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart manages to almost perfectly skewer Barack Obama’s rhetoric from his speech on Wednesday. First Stewart satirizes the anti-Ryan demagoguery with a depiction of seniors getting beaten to death with an Ayn Rand novel, and then he focuses on the new term we all learned this week — “spending reductions in the tax code.” What could that be, Stewart wonders for a moment, and then offers a couple of hilarious analogies in other areas of life. The final analogy is somewhat NSFW, and it’s funny enough that I left it off of the transcript below so that you’ll need to watch it through to the end:

What? “Spending reductions in the tax code”? The tax code isn’t where we spend, it’s where we collect, and that…. ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I guess what you said is tax “code”, code for raising taxes. You managed to talk about a tax hike as a spending reduction. Can we afford that and the royalty checks you’re going to have to send to George Orwell? That’s the weirdest way of… just say “tax hike”! That’s like saying, “I’m not going on a diet, I’m going to add calories to my excluded food intake!”

As I wrote on Wednesday, this new entry in the ObamaSpeak lexicon is the new “kinetic military action” and “overseas contingency operation.” Maybe we’ll need to write a full dictionary of these terms by the end of Obama’s term in office.


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Only fair since he dismantled Ryan’s plan in an earlier episode.

lexhamfox on April 16, 2011 at 7:07 PM

The problem with John Stewart is that the Bush years made his career. If President Bush wasn’t around, he would have had to invent him. Now, he knows without a Republican President to rail on, his self-importance is diminished. I honestly thought it would just be a matter of time.

hawkdriver on April 16, 2011 at 7:09 PM

“I’m not banging your sister,” [I'm procreating with your sibling.]

Chewy the Lab on April 16, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Only fair since he dismantled Ryan’s plan in an earlier episode.

lexhamfox on April 16, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Dismantled with faulty static accounting that neither he nor his audience will ever bother to sort out.

BuckeyeSam on April 16, 2011 at 7:15 PM

In the end though, I’m sure Stewart will put a check mark beside Obamas name in the ballot booth.

capejasmine on April 16, 2011 at 7:15 PM

If Jon Stewart is already busting on Obama, he is toast in 2012.

Johnnyreb on April 16, 2011 at 7:17 PM

10% unemployment and 4-dollar a gallon gasoline = see ya later as*wipe…

Keemo on April 16, 2011 at 7:19 PM

oh goodness. Red Eye please beg to be moved earlier so something can compete with this for entertainment. That wasn’t funny at all.

sammypants on April 16, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Stewart isn’t nearly as bad as his audience.

pedestrian on April 16, 2011 at 7:21 PM

10% unemployment and 4-dollar a gallon gasoline = see ya later as*wipe…

Keemo on April 16, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Yes, I don’t think the 1 billion in campaign donations is going to be enough. But hey that’s me.

whbates on April 16, 2011 at 7:24 PM

#NotIntendedToBeFactual

BohicaTwentyTwo on April 16, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Jive Talking Barry O…
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RalphyBoy on April 16, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Ed, in your view Stewart may have been satirizing Obama’s demagoguery on Ryan, but that isn’t how his audience will see it. In this clip, he basically says, “Yeah, The GOP plan in far, far right, and it will probably hurt old people, but Obama’s only problem is a little Orwellian language about raising taxes — and come on, just say ‘raise taxes,’ cuz we’re all for it. Of course we need to raise taxes. They are lower than they’ve been in decades! So just say it: We need to raise taxes!”

You saw a very different video than I did. This was pure Obama water carrying.

Rational Thought on April 16, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Stewart is a brilliant comedian who found his niche. Unfortunately, his audience takes what he say’s as news reporting. It’s nice to see him occasionally rip on Obama and the Dem’s.

ColumbusConservative on April 16, 2011 at 7:28 PM

And Jon Stewart leaves his audience with the impression that the deficit and debt are nothing but a big joke and we shouldn’t really be worrying about it.

ButterflyDragon on April 16, 2011 at 7:30 PM

You saw a very different video than I did. This was pure Obama water carrying.

Rational Thought on April 16, 2011 at 7:27 PM

That’s exactly what I thought while watching it.

ButterflyDragon on April 16, 2011 at 7:32 PM

I live in New York City and remember how filthy and seedy it was during the pre-Rudy era of the 1980s. If you lived or worked in a decent area that bordered on a not so decent area, which bordered on a bad area, you just didn’t walk in that particular direction at all, you walked the other way.

I see all these twentysomethings walking around New York these days after so many neighborhoods have been gentrified tthat you have to literally hunt for a dangerous neighborhood. Things have gotten worse under Bloomberg, but Rudy’s legacy is still pretty strong.

Anyway, all these twentysomethings eating their lunch at the beautiful Whole Foods over looking Union Square Park have no idea how seedy 14th St. was back in the day. They take all this gentrification and prosperity for granted. Rudy smashed the Liberal myth that “you can’t solve the problems of urban decay unless you address the inherent unfairness of the capitalist system”.

And these twentysomethings just don’t get it. This is Jon Stewart’s ignorant audience.

ardenenoch on April 16, 2011 at 7:33 PM

“They want to give tax breaks to the wealthy…they want to give people like me.…”

When he said the word “truth” I noticed his eyes quick-scan the audience, like they might be watching a fib or something.

AshleyTKing on April 16, 2011 at 7:34 PM

ardenenoch on April 16, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Rudy!

AshleyTKing on April 16, 2011 at 7:35 PM

ardenenoch on April 16, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Amen to that.

ericdijon on April 16, 2011 at 7:41 PM

New Video: Trump: ‘Very Bad Thing’ For Cantor To Criticize Birthers

Nearly Nobody on April 16, 2011 at 7:51 PM

I am grateful for these occasional 20-second excerpts of something worthwhile that John Stewart might do. It saves me actually having to put up with watching the full thirty minutes of his garbage.

slickwillie2001 on April 16, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Why does Barry whistle when he talks? It’s annoying as all get out.

SouthernGent on April 16, 2011 at 7:58 PM

“…this new entry in the ObamaSpeak lexicon is the new “kinetic military action” and “overseas contingency operation.” “

I can’t wait to see what he calls “Martial Law” when the voters attempt to remove him from power…

Seven Percent Solution on April 16, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Hopey is in 2012 ReElection mode,and its gonna be a
Rhetric Speech’s OverLoad/OverDrive!

Meaning,theres going to be verbal gold,every day,er,
by the hour!!

canopfor on April 16, 2011 at 8:01 PM

canopfor on April 16, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Did/Have you seen The Stoning of Soraya M?..:)

Dire Straits on April 16, 2011 at 8:03 PM

I can’t wait to see what he calls “Martial Law” when the voters attempt to remove him from power…

Seven Percent Solution on April 16, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Seven Percent Solution:

One Million National Civilian Security Forces wearing
Union Purple T-Shirts/Blouses,ready to march,for anarchy
mayhem!!:)

canopfor on April 16, 2011 at 8:04 PM

So is this a cue to real “journalists” that it’s OK to start taking note of Obama’s habit of calling things the opposite of what they really are. He’s been doing it for years.

forest on April 16, 2011 at 8:04 PM

canopfor on April 16, 2011 at 8:01 PM
Did/Have you seen The Stoning of Soraya M?..:)

Dire Straits on April 16, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Dire Starits:Not yet,heres one back at ya,the exchange of
Jihady Goons for the Israel dead soldiers swap,
from the kidnapping,and Isreal response to Leba
non from the rocket attacks of 2006.

Documentary!:)
===========================

Talking With the Enemy – 11 Jan 09 – Part 1
********************************************

On July 12 2006 Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid which triggered a massive Israeli bombardment and incursion.

Despite the death of as many as 1,200 Lebanese and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers, Israel failed to win the freedom of its soldiers.

The story of the negotiations and exchanges between Israel and Hezballah has been one of a high-stakes game of tough and tortuous bargaining between deadly foes over prisoners and corpses. It reveals an intriguing insight into the shadowy world of deals amid conflict
=======================================

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h54mDOWyX4w

canopfor on April 16, 2011 at 8:10 PM

“…this new entry in the ObamaSpeak lexicon is the new “kinetic military action” and “overseas contingency operation.” “

How ’bout – man caused disaster causer = terrorist

kringeesmom on April 16, 2011 at 8:16 PM

canopfor on April 16, 2011 at 8:10 PM

You need to see Stoning of Soraya M!..It is very good!..:)..Really gives you a great perspective of how women are treated in Iran by some..:(

PS..Word of caution..When you watch it.. No small kids..The stoning scene is very graphic!..:(

PSS..Thanks for the linky!.. I will try to watch it later!..:):)

Dire Straits on April 16, 2011 at 8:18 PM

One Million National Civilian Security Forces wearing
Union Purple T-Shirts/Blouses,ready to march,for anarchy
mayhem!!:)

canopfor on April 16, 2011 at 8:04 PM

“Freedom reduction in lieu of government stability…”

Seven Percent Solution on April 16, 2011 at 8:27 PM

The time has tolled more than twice a day for this broken clock as of late.

RachDubya on April 16, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Thank goodness! I was really worried what the comedian John Stewart thought.

WTF happened to this country when what a comedian thinks becomes noteworthy so frequently so widely?

TheBigOldDog on April 16, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Jive Talking Barry O…BAMSTAHHHH !!! BARRY BAMSTAHHHH!!!!!

YOU DA MAN BAM YAAAAA!!
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RalphyBoy on April 16, 2011 at 7:25 PM

cableguy615 on April 16, 2011 at 9:08 PM

canopfor on April 16, 2011 at 8:10 PM
=================
You need to see Stoning of Soraya M!..It is very good!..:)..Really gives you a great perspective of how women are treated in Iran by some..:(

PS..Word of caution..When you watch it.. No small kids..The stoning scene is very graphic!..:(

PSS..Thanks for the linky!.. I will try to watch it later!..:):)

Dire Straits on April 16, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Dire Straits:Oh I’m enlighted,the Germans and Japanese were
ameteurs,compared to Muslim Jihadys,and I think
that the Jihadys would love to have a factory o
of ovens,with 24/7 operations,to send Infidels
to their “Allah”!!:)

canopfor on April 16, 2011 at 9:18 PM

canopfor on April 16, 2011 at 8:04 PM
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“Freedom reduction in lieu of government stability…”

Seven Percent Solution on April 16, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Excellent phrase,needs to be framed!
:)

canopfor on April 16, 2011 at 9:25 PM

“… And these twentysomethings just don’t get it. This is Jon Stewart’s ignorant audience.
ardenenoch on April 16, 2011 at 7:33 PM”

Amen, to everything you said. Rudy did a truly great job and those 20 somethings, as you pointed out, are clueless what it took to do it.

JimP on April 16, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Yes, I don’t think the 1 billion in campaign donations is going to be enough. But hey that’s me.

whbates on April 16, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Spendthrift Barry has already proved he can run through a mere 1 billion in only 6 hours!!! …and end up with absolutely nothing to show for it!!!

landlines on April 17, 2011 at 1:51 AM

First Stewart satirizes the anti-Ryan demagoguery with a depiction of seniors getting beaten to death with an Ayn Rand novel,

Is the hyperbole really meant to mock the left’s rhetoric, or to mock the right for hating old people? The first would make sense to people like you and me, but I’m betting Stewart sees it as mocking the viciousness of those nasty Republicans.

And Stewart is clearly behind the call for higher taxes, just like any good leftist. He’s just mocking Obama — desrvedly — for his Orwellian rhetoric.

Still, 1 out of 3 isn’t so bad. For Stewart, in fact, it’s a big step up.

There Goes The Neighborhood on April 17, 2011 at 4:51 AM

Stewart sucks.

The whole “smart ass white guy makes quips from behind a desk” thing is so played out. So 1980s.

Steve Allen created it, Johnny Carson perfected it. The rest, including Stewart and Letterman, are mere pretenders.

Captain Kirock on April 17, 2011 at 5:43 AM

I like how Barry always says he wants to have an “honest” debate about budget issues, then deliberately uses terms designed to hide the truth of what he’s really saying.

“Spending reductions in the tax code” instead of tax hikes. “Investments in education, energy,” etc., instead of increased government spending.

How much more of Barry’s “honesty” are Americans going to take?

AZCoyote on April 17, 2011 at 8:01 AM

The sad thing is that Stewart is often more relevant than the MSM. Even though he is a liberal he sees the opportunity for a good joke once and a while. Still biased but better than his “serious” competitors.

closetgop on April 17, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Stewart sucks.

The whole “smart ass white guy makes quips from behind a desk” thing is so played out. So 1980s.

Steve Allen created it, Johnny Carson perfected it. The rest, including Stewart and Letterman, are mere pretenders.

I’ve got to second this. I used to watch Stewart more regularly in the early 2000′s and I thought he was actually fairly funny back then. Now? No not any more.(Anytime someone points out something he did that’s supposedly funny I watch and say “meh”.) I can understand this to a point, he has his audience, they’ll laugh at anything he does so why bother? (Why try if you don’t have to. Just show a clip, make a face, get paid. Great work if you can get it.) Hell, I’m of the opinion that if the “Daily Show” were a new show that came on a month or 2 ago it would have already been cancelled. (Even if the show was exactly the same as the one we have now if it was a new show it would have been panned at this point as being pointless and devoid of humor.) The only thing that seriously surprises me is that he’s still on given how awful his show is at times.

On the other hand I still find Colbert funny. (I know, he’s doing a self absorbed idiot but there’s still alot you can do with that.)

Dave_d on April 17, 2011 at 8:51 AM

If Jon Stewart is already busting on Obama, he is toast in 2012.

Johnnyreb on April 16, 2011 at 7:17 PM

“You go onstage with the source material you have . . .”

I’m sure Stewart and his audience are, for the most part, laughing WITH Obama, and just engaging in a little good-natured ribbing. Or maybe whistling past the graveyard, nervously knowing there’s a nugget of truth to the jokes . . .

tpitman on April 17, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Evidently Jon Stewart (aka Rectal Carbuncle) is Ed and AP’s go to guy for the essential wisdom on all things political.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 17, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Don’t be fooled folks. Stewart is not skewering Obama. He’s setting 2012 as this:

Yeah, Obama’s not perfect like we thought in 2008. Here’s a joke or two about him, see he’s human after all. But he’s still 1000 times better than those crazy Republicans. So vote for him again.

Daily Show is not a comedy show. It is a 30 minute DNC infomercial.

angryed on April 17, 2011 at 12:21 PM

The thing about Jon Stewart, or for that matter any other performer, is that they’re all about making an audience applaud or laugh. They’re almost all liberals because they share a common disdain for their audience, in the same way that liberal politicians harbor an underlying disdain for their followers. The dominant part of their motivation however, is their need to make the audience react, and then to feed off the reaction.
If Jon Stewart could get laughs by lampooning the Gosnell Clinic charnel house, he’d do it in a heartbeat.

Lew on April 17, 2011 at 12:55 PM

In the end though, I’m sure Stewart will put a check mark beside Obamas name in the ballot booth.

capejasmine on April 16, 2011 at 7:15 PM

But if he can persuade two Obamabots to abandon the black messiah, it will be a fair trade.

SKYFOX on April 17, 2011 at 7:51 PM

10% unemployment and 4-dollar a gallon gasoline = see ya later as*wipe…

Keemo on April 16, 2011 at 7:19 PM

It’s really 16% unemployment without the Obowma fuzzy math.

dthorny on April 18, 2011 at 4:28 AM

On the other hand I still find Colbert funny. I know, he’s doing( a self absorbed idiot but there’s still alot you can do with that.)Dave_d on April 17, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Yea, get elected president by 52% of the country.

dthorny on April 18, 2011 at 4:31 AM

I was afraid at first that the audience was turning on Jon because he was not flattering to Obama… but they seemed to really get the joke once they decided it was safe to laugh…

Obama really should pay royalties to Orwell. Maybe we could have a lawsuit and try to collect.

And teehee… Wills is marrying a muggle!

petunia on April 18, 2011 at 1:20 PM