9:30 am Nov. 1, 2012
Jon Stewart found plenty to praise, and mock, in the disaster responses from New York and New Jersey officials.
First, Stewart needled Mayor Michael Bloomberg over his restriction of beverage cups larger than 16 ounces, pulling one of from under his desk and saying, "If these cups were still legal, maybe the city wouldn't have flooded at all." Then, Stewart pretended to bale out water using the cup.
Stewart conceded "Mayor Bloomberg kicked ass in his job and did it in two languages," before playing a tape of Bloomberg speaking Spanish. Laughs ensued.
Bloomberg's remarks the other day about New York being a high-tax area, but getting something in return for it, was embraced by Stewart, who mocked fiscal conservatives by noting, wryly, that it cost money to run a government.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was, praised for saying the reality of frequently occurring extreme storms can no longer be denied. Cuomo's dry delivery elicited some laughter from the crowd without Stewart's help.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie "kicked crazy ass," but Stewart played a clip of Christie's remarks from two weeks ago, where the Republican governor described Obama as a blind man in a room "hands up against the wall, clutching for the light switch of leadership. He just can't find it and he won't find it in the next 18 days."
Stewart responded, "Guess he found that fucking light switch." He ended his segment with an homage to Bloomberg's much-heralded sign language translator.
Over on the Colbert Report, the show's host said, "Hurricanes have a well-known liberal bias." Then Colbert rattled off a number of instances of storms disrupting Republicans political agenda.
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