In a segment titled “ Armadebtdon 2011” on Tuesday, Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” lambasted President Obama’s plea for Americans to make the case for compromise directly to their members of Congress.
“That’s your idea, call your congressman?” Stewart chortled. “Did the president just quit?”
Stewart also took aim at the optics. Rolling tape from Obama’s Monday speech in the opulent East Room, he suggested that Obama’s message of fiscal austerity might be undermined by the “begoldened-chaired, red-carpet path” the president had just walked and wondered if there was any way Obama could “do the ‘tighten the belt’ speech from a room that doesn’t look like the foyer of the Vatican?”