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Watch Outraged Infrastructure Humor, Daily Show Style
Friday, February 15, 2013 - 03:16 PM
Of the many options for political humor served up earlier this week in the State of the Union speech, the Daily Show's Jon Stewart chose infrastructure. Yup, bridges. With his usual exuberant brand of comic outrage he even went so far as suggesting President Obama should have made infrastructure the top issue in the State of the Union speech.
You can start the video two minutes in for the best part.
Stewart: "Shouldn't you have led the speech with that one?" Stewart implores. "I mean, c'mon, shouldn't you have just opened with that one. Or broken into whatever programming was scheduled the night you found that BLEEP out?!?!"
He goes on to suggest what the speech might have been like if Obama had focused entirely on crumbling bridges, and even gives a special, ignoble mention of the Tappan Zee, which we've covered extensively.
According to a TN analysis before the previous SOTU, bridges and infrastructure were pretty common words mentioned by Obama in public speeches.