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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.

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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