Jon Stewart, the man who will always be the face of ‘The Daily Show’ no matter who comes to replace him made an appearance after four months of leaving. But his return on Monday night was not to host a special episode. Rather, he appeared as the guest on the show. The man still has everything that needs to revive The Daily Show’s audience. He appeared on Monday night with a cause and a reason.
A cause that is extremely close to his heart. And his words proved that the man still carries weight and sense. He was at the show to talk about 9/11 first responders. Stewart looked a lot like someone who is enjoying the post-retirement phase. Fully bearded and casually dressed, Stewart talked about the pillars of support that these first responders have been.
The funny man has a serious point
Jon Stewart explained how important the cause is and explained the entire scenario. “So back in 2010, okay, after far more lobbying than it should have ever been necessary, Congress passed what was called the Zadroga Act, funded healthcare for 9/11 first responders who’d gotten sick working at Ground Zero. It’s soon going to be out of money. These first responders, many sick with cancers and pulmonary disease, had to travel at their expense to Washington, D.C., hundreds of times to plead for our government to do the right thing.” explained Stewart. He is trying to stand along these responders and is supporting their cause which demands renewal of bill. The bill expired in September.
The comedian was deeply concerned about the plight of the first responders and took to The Daily Show to draw people’s attention towards the cause. 53-year-old Stewart seemed highly disappointed by the fact that these 9/11 first responders have been forgotten by the politics of Washington.
Stewart kept his snotty comments and on point views intact while explaining his concern. “So right now there are 67 senators sponsoring the bill, 260 representatives, which even by stupid Senate and House math are more than enough to do this”, he said. His agitation was clear and he is extremely concerned about the first responders.
Jon Stewart has been fighting this battle for long
This is not the first time that Jon Stewart is raising this issue. He has stood by first responders since 2001 and is trying to help them as much as he can. He has been a voice for the people whose lives were majorly affected by the 2001 terror attacks. He has been a pillar to the first responders and their causes and has always tried to voice their concerns. In 2010, Stewart took up the cause and brought it to notice by dedicating an entire how for the first responders. Things have majorly changed 5 years later and somebody needs to take the charge again.
Stewart brought in some men who represent the first responders and interacted with them. Stewart asked first responder Kenny Specht that where is everybody. “Just you and I. Five and a half years ago we did a show. Seventy-five percent of the panel is no longer here. Two of the people have illnesses and John Devlin, who sat at the last chair, an operating engineer, passed away since our show. So I think we brought the statistics to show that when we did the show five and a half years ago, four men sat here. It’s you and I now”, answered Kenny Specht.