Jon Stewart admits he voted for George H.W. Bush in 1988 and is disappointed in Obama
Jon Stewart, the Comedy Central funnyman, said that even he couldn't vote for Michael Dukakis in 1988 and instead pulled the lever for George H.W. Bush.
In a fiery interview with Fox News' Chris Wallace on Sunday, Stewart was asked when he last voted for a Republican president. The award-winning host of "The Daily Show" said it was in 1988 when Dukakis, the former Massachusetts governor, ran against Bush, who was vice president at the time.
Why Bush? "He seemed like a different -- there was an integrity about him that I respected greatly," Stewart said.
"And there's something about tiny people in helmets," he added, referring to the widely ridiculed image of Dukakis riding in a tank during a photo-op.
Wallace, the son of "60 Minutes" legend Mike Wallace, asked Stewart point-blank, "Are you disappointed in Barack Obama as president?
Stewart replied, "Yes, I think I am."
Wallace followed up by asking Stewart whether Obama has "lived up to his promise to fix the economy."
"No. I don't know the kind of sway that a president can have on the economy, but do I believe that he is lived up to the promises? No," Stewart said.
"He came in and said you can't expect to have a different result with the same people. That was, in many ways, his seminal campaign focus. And all I see as far as economic stewardship are the guys that got us into this mess in the first place."
-- Tony Pierce
Photo: Michael Dukakis, decades before social media, was widely ridiculed when this photo of him wearing a helmet in a tank made the rounds. Credit: Associated Press / File