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Jon Stewart Takes on Sarah Palin About Real America Comment

Jon Stewart Stands Up For Fake Americans

Last week in North Carolina Sarah Palin said, "We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation." In what may have been her "cling-to-guns" moment, Sarah Palin potentially alienated the large portion of America that does not live in small towns.

Some critics say Palin's comments were polarizing at best, and perhaps at worst a veiled attempt to say real America is white, not multi-ethnic like the cities. Jon Stewart found a positive edge – if McCain loses the "American" election, he can still be president of the real America that matters. Despite his attempt at silver lining, Palin's comments obviously upset Jon, who also said on last night's show: "I guess if you're from New York City and you signed up to fight in Iraq and died, it doesn't count."

Jon went on to issue a quiz to help viewers figure out if they're in fact "real Americans." To take the quiz with Jon,



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PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
I loved *wackdoodle* 2nd and 3rd comment :) And Palin, McCain, and almost any of their associates will always come off as an ass, simply because most of them are ignorant ass. I am so glad Barack won and these idiots were not placed in the White House. We've had enough uneducated moves going on in the government. Yeap, it's time for a change.
janneth janneth 8 years
Sometimes I forget how great the Daily Show is.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 8 years
Yes, when I read in the paper her quote about being happy to be in a place that was actually "Pro-America," I was so incredibly offended and angered. First of all, how pro-American is speaking giving one keynote address at the convention of a political party that advocates seceding FROM the union?? And later making a welcoming speech? Second, who is SHE to determine what makes someone who is Pro-American?? I am a passionately patriotic person who reads up on the issues, votes in every single election, volunteers for various social programs, sends care packages to the troops, and always defends the American People when I travel. Yet I'm liberal, agnostic, pro-choice, and from San Francisco, so I probably fall into her category. But again, who is SHE to pass such judgment? UGH!! As if I weren't completely alienated by her as it is. . .
reesiecup reesiecup 8 years
I'm a Pro-American voting Obama/Biden. Blasphemy?
reesiecup reesiecup 8 years
<-- Pro-American voting Obama/Biden '08. I hope the rest of the real AND fake America join in for the fun!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
im unstoppable.... :woohoo: LOL
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
im not going to lie and say that Palin scares me...but she or McCain is definitely not the reason im voting for Obama. I think he's a great man that will do great for this country. :woohoo: <--- im unstoppable..heehee
jenintx jenintx 8 years
coming from "real america," i can say without hesitation that it's more than just the teenagers who are on meth.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
:ROTFL: Nice!
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
Yes, real America. The small towns across this great land where people work hard, savor the simple things, and all the teenagers are on meth.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
"Palin-hating lunatics?" Oh, now this is like the "Bush-hating lunatics"? People like me, who voted for him in 2000 but who felt that he perverted fiscal responsibility? People who have legitimate disagreements with him? There are absolutely legitimate reasons to dislike Palin on a policy level. Excuse ME if that makes me a lunatic. And by the way, polls show that the majority of voters are also "lunatics" when it comes to Palin.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
SERIOUSLY - the Republicans just LOST their right to exploit 9/11 for the umpteenth time. Absolutely disgusting! I couldn't love Jon Stewart more. He's brilliant.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
i think there a lot more than just "liberal lunatics" who think palin's a joke... that's the whole problem with mccain's campaign, right? ha!
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
"What a nice little baised (sic) blog for the liberal Palin-hating lunatics to jump on. " How is this comment allowed?
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I'm not a lunatic either. I do think Palin is awful. I'm voting for Obama because I think he's great. Keeping Palin out of office is just a nice little fringe benefit.
em1282 em1282 8 years
I'm not a lunatic, and I don't feel the need to vote for Obama out of spite. But thanks for lumping all of us into a category. BTW--I've bitten my tongue several times on Palin's comments, given her the benefit of the doubt given her lack of exposure to the spotlight, and have kept an open mind thus far. If McCain gets elected, she's going to say something that will send him into a rage and cause him to stroke out. I thought McCain was trying to rein in the crazy, but I guess it's not working.
marybethrizalucy marybethrizalucy 8 years
What a nice little baised blog for the liberal Palin-hating lunatics to jump on. BTW I will be voting for Obama but it has nothing to do with despising and feeling the need to rant like a child and go off ona tangent about a couple of statements Palin made. And of course race has to be brought into it.
em1282 em1282 8 years
mama--a lot of people share that view. And if McCain wanted to appeal to women with his VP pick, he should have gone for someone like Kay Bailey Hutchinson, who is, y'know, *slightly* less insane than Palin. Granted, she doesn't have that beauty queen look that appeals to some voters, but still. She would have been the better pick.
mama8699 mama8699 8 years
Seriously, how Sarah Palin got this far is amazing. I had hope for her when I first watch the Republican convention. But as soon as I saw she couldn't answer a question without being coached (on even basic questions)...I realized she is in way over her head and has no business being on any ticket for presidency.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
ooohhh :woohoo: :) by the way i LOVE the randomness on Suga...
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
awwww :(
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I was born in real America and moved to fake America as soon as I turned 18 ... and now I don't even live in America anymore so ha! I'm excited to move back to fake America though ... missing the unpatriotism of it all.
Meike Meike 8 years
She amuses me. I wonder where a military brats from overseas fall on her map of real America. I'm so glad I was never confined to one small town.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
:woohoo: -- learned something new!
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