Comedy Central's Jon Stewart noted Wednesday that Sarah Palin's actions this year have clearly been insane if she isn't intending to run for president.
Palin Tuesday had told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren Tuesday that for logistical reasons, she would have to make a decision soon. But she also worried that the presidency could prove to be "too shackling" for a maverick like herself.
"The biggest contemplation piece in your process is that becoming the president would diminish your power?" Stewart asked. "It's not that you might not be able to bear the weight of the presidency, it's that ballpark might not be big enough to contain your awesomeness?"
"You'd be the fucking president!" the Comedy Central host exclaimed. "You would be the commander in chief of history's greatest fighting force. What do you mean? What possibly do you mean? And don't misunderstand, I am not trying to talk you into running. It is just -- by most people's standards, the presidency is one of the higher level positions we have. Perhaps I am not giving your renegade Alaskan bird spirit enough credit. What Palin wisdom would a presidential run silence? I know you're a big deal. You're a former governor and you starred on a show on a network that has brought us three shows about dwarves. It's impressive but if I may, you spent your summer vacation on a Constitution-wrapped bus that you signed, shuttling between Iowa and New Hampshire giving speeches."
He added: "So here's the thing, you can have a colorful bus and drive to early primary states or you can go around telling people what you would do if you were president. But when you put those two together, there's really only two possibilities: you are either running for president of the United States or you are a crazy person."
Watch this video from Comedy Central's The Daily Show, broadcast Sept. 28, 2011.