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"Daily Show" classics: Jon Stewart celebrated Obama's 2008 victory the only way he knew how — by mocking CNN

In 2008, Stewart did a post-election segment recapping some of the weirdest moments in "jazzed-up" news


Colin Gorenstein
August 4, 2015 3:30PM (UTC)

It feels like just yesterday the fresh-faced stand-up comedian from New Jersey — then described as “sharp” by The New York Times and “overeager” by The Chicago Tribune — was sitting down for his first-ever “Daily Show” interview. He fidgeted with the buttons on his oversized suit like a nervous bar mitzvah boy and, in refreshing contrast to comedy frat-boy predecessor Craig Kilborn, charmed viewers with a particular Woody Allen-ish brand of self-deprecating humor.

Now, after nearly two decades on the satirical-news program, Jon Stewart prepares to sign off one last time.

For the next three weeks, leading up to “The Daily Show” host’s August 6 departure, Salon will be taking a look back at some of Stewart’s most memorable moments spanning his 16 years and five months.

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Today, we look back at "Decision 2008" on “The Daily Show” from November 2008: 

"For 24-hour news channels, election night is Christmas, Hanukkah and your parents getting divorced," Jon Stewart said on "The Daily Show," a day after Barack Obama had been announced President of the United States.

After a somber goodbye to his Bush impression (and a quick "muslim" joke about Obama), Stewart chose to celebrate the momentous occasion by doing what he does best: highlighting the dumbest moments in TV news. In 2008, that was made easier for him than ever, as networks "jazzed up" their election coverage --  rolling out laughably futuristic technologies like, yep, the hologram.

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First up, was MSNBC. Stewart quipped that Chuck Todd appeared to be "descending into madness while addressing the Imperial Senate." Ann Curry stood in front of a large, green tube-projection that displayed stats. Then: there were the over-the-top aerial shots of a skating rink with the United States projected onto it.

Worst of the lot, Stewart declared, was CNN's coverage. It begged the question: "Whhhhhhhhhyyyy!?"

Stewart rolled a clip of the network's election coverage which featured Wolf Blitzer speaking with a "Mortal Combat video game-style" hologram of one of the news correspondents "You've never seen anything like this!" he said before bringing her out.

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This was just the beginning of Stewart's war against CNN holograms; in 2012, Jon Stewart called out the network again for its hologram-heavy coverage of the Iowa caucuses.

Stick around until the 5-minute mark for a very-2008 Oprah joke from Stewart.

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Watch the clip courtesy of Comedy Central below:


Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email cgorenstein@salon.com.

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