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Jon Stewart Explains How Bad Obama's Debate Performance Was: Romney 'Fired Big Bird -- And Won


"The sad truth is Romney could have water-boarded Aladdin, put down Blue (Blue's Clues) deported Dora the Explorer, and still won walking away."

This undated image released by Comedy Central shows Jon Stewart on the set of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in New York. The Comedy Central show is decamping for both the Republican and Democrat conventions to broadcast a week of shows at each that will parody the nation's most extravagant political pageants.Credit: AP

On his Comedy Central show Thursday night, comedian Jon Stewart joined the now deafening chorus of people who believe President Barack Obama got "crushed" in the first presidential debate on Wednesday. He marveled at the fact that Obama did so bad that GOP nominee Mitt Romney was able to win the debate handily while "lying his a** off all night."

"We all know this a deeply divided nation, or at least it was -- until last night when something happened that brought all Americans together in agreement," Stewart said. That thing, he explained, was that Obama was horrible in the debate.

"There is no red America, there is no blue America, there is only the America that can't believe how bad this guy did in the debate," he added, a picture of Obama popping up on the screen.

Piling it on, Stewart said the defeat was so bad that Romney was able to win the contest even after firing Big Bird, referring to the Republican nominee's threat to cut funding to PBS if he's elected president.

"Mother f**ker fired big bird -- and won," Stewart said. "The sad truth is Romney could have water-boarded Aladdin, put down Blue (Blue's Clues) deported Dora the Explorer, and still won walking away."

Stewart also said Obama's loss in the debate was even more frustrating because Romney was "lying his a** off the entire night." He criticized the president for not addressing his rival's untrue statements, saying simply shouting "Liar! Liar! Liar" for two minutes would have been better than some of his actual responses.

In one of his best one liners, Stewart, while mocking PBS moderator Jim Lehrer, joked that Obama appeared to be on "Ambien," a popular sleep aid, while Romney appeared to have "tried caffeine for the first time."

The comedian went on to say that the "saddest part" was the fact that Obama told the biggest lie of the night by telling Lehrer that he did a good job moderating.

Before he concluded his humorous rant, Stewart gave the president some friendly advice for future debates and appearances:

"Mr. President, everyone has parts of their jobs that they don't like as much. But they still have to do those things if they want to keep those jobs. And if you don't want to do it for yourself, think of your supporters. Look what your performance did last night to one of them," Steward said, before playing the now infamous clip of MSNBC's Chris Matthews freaking out after the debate Wednesday night.

"Look what you did to Chris Matthews!" he said. "Now nobody can use him."

Watch the recap of Stewart's Thursday night show here:


Here is the epic Matthews meltdown video:

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