Stewart: 2 years and $3 billion later, U.S. in ‘same place we were’ before election

By David Ferguson
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 11:00 EDT
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Tuesday night, during a special live Election Night 2012 edition of “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart pointed out that for all of the fuss and expense of the 2012 election, the U.S. has ended up in virtually the exact same political situation as it was two years ago.

After announcing Democratic victories in Massachusetts and Missouri, as well as the results of the presidential race, Stewart said, “Once again, just let me very quickly announce this: House of Representatives, Republican. In the Senate, Democrats, the presidency, Barack Obama, let’s see. Two years, $3 billion and we are clearly in the same place we were when it started.”

Next, Stewart welcomed a very special guest, the first president of the United States, “holographic George Washington,” who was startled to discover that Americans don’t get the day off for election day.

“Pray tell, how do you have time for sober reflection on a decision of such import?” Washington asked, only to be shocked that the U.S. is running on a two-party system.

“Jefferson’s testes!” he exclaimed, “That’s naught but a recipe for petty politicking at best and national discord at worst!”

The first president of the country was even more disconcerted to hear that “a slave president” was running against “a merman.”

Watch the video, embedded via Comedy Central, below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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