Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Jon Stewart at the 1997 White House Correspondents' Dinner

This Saturday night is the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner. It's always a hoot to see, but rarely stays with you except for that one in 2011 when Seth Meyers roasted Donald Trump and then Obama did as well over his racist "birther" conspiracy theory, lighting a conflagration we are still trying to put out. But back in 1997, the organizers were at their wits' end when Rosie O'Donnell pulled out of hosting at the last minute, and then Dennis Miller turned down the offer, so lesser-known comedian Jon Stewart stepped in when he was needed. The humor is good, but very topical, and won't make much sense unless you remember 1997 and the scandals that were in the news at the time. But for those who do, you can see how this speech put Stewart in the political map. He later got the hosting job at The Daily Show. (via Cracked)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow, he was on a roll that night.