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The side eyes. They're perfect.

I've never been much for politics (said the apathetic 20-something). At least since I was of the age to even try to understand what goes on in Washington D.C., it has always seemed like somewhat of a shitshow to me, for lack of a better word. Let's just say I don't think it's a coincidence that there are three rings in a circus and three branches in the US government. I've had brief waves of hope for a solution or progress within our government over the past decade or so; I campaigned with genuine excitement for Obama in 2008 and spent 5 nights sleeping in Zuccotti Park "occupying" Wall Street in 2011. It was during that week that I truly realized how absurd mainstream news media is. There I was, amidst a sea of thousands of passionately enraged political activists, "the 99%" if you will, coming from all over the country to attempt to make ourselves heard -- and trust me, we were freakin' loud -- yet my friends and family at home or back at school heard almost nothing of it, or atleast nothing positive of it. Comedy Central, on the other hand, was on the ground.

"Liberal and conservative have lost their meaning in America. I represent the distracted center." - John Stewart

November 28th is John Stewart's 51st birthday. Being that John Stewart and Stephen Colbert are the only two people I care enough about to listen to when it comes to the circus that is our government, I thought it only fitting that I pay homage to him for his special day. Not to get morbid, but I often (maybe too often?) think about the celebrities that are prominent in pop culture and news media today and how weird it's going to be when they get old and, in turn, die. John Stewart is one of those people who I imagine myself telling my kids "you know dearie, I've been watching John Stewart since I was 12." This might sound less weird if I explain that I have been watching the Daily Show and the Colbert Report with my dad ever since I was old enough to still be awake at 11pm. So, I have thoughts like this when someone like Johnny Carson dies and my dad says something similar to me. (Though my dad doesn't call me dearie...) What I'm trying to say here is that John Stewart represents not only a completely necessary aspect of my generation's interest in and understanding of politics, in addition to being a hilarious and iconic talk show host/comedian who's death will surely be on par with Johnny Carson's, he also represents a personal ritual with my father that I look forward to every time I'm home for 11pm TV watching.

So, thanks for that, John Stewart, keep up the good work. And happy birthday, I hope you don't die any time soon. :-)

"You just have to keep trying to do good work, and hope that it leads to more good work. I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything. Yes, I want to look back and know that I was terrible at a variety of things."

P.s. Bill Cosby was a guest on The Daily Show this week and it was amazing. Go to Hulu and watch the interview right now. Then, stop by the store and pick up a copy of his first book, Naked Pictures of Famous People, or his mock history textbook, America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide To Democracy Inaction. 

(There are no actual naked pictures in this book, sorry.)

(There are no actual naked pictures in this book, sorry.)

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