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Jon Stewart finds the Occupy Wall Street strangely underwhelming, from early dismissal to outright hostility.
Jon Stewart: Why are the protesters there? Well, the answers ranged from extremely earnest college roommate-y, to powerful and cogent.
FOX NEWS REPORTER: What do you guys want?
PROTESTER #1: Bring attention to the pervasive influence that corporations have in the political process.
PROTESTER #2: What do we as Americans agree on? And what we do about it.
PROTESTER #3: We the people are here to take the power back.
JESSE LAGRECA: After 30 years of having our living standards decrease while the wealthiest 1% have had it better than ever, I think it's time for, I don't know, some participation in our democracy!
Jon Stewart: Hoo-hoo! Dayum!! That motherfucker brought game! (wild audience applause) You know what he said? "What's up, Tea Party? I see your tri-cornered hat, and I raise you a Union soldier kepi!"
And doesn't understand why the Tea Party comparison doesn't apply.
I don’t get it! Here’s a group of Americans, disenchanted, railing against big government bailouts, angry because they played by the rules, worked hard, now they’re in debt from student loans and they’re unemployed… I mean, look, if this thing turns into throwing trash cans into Starbucks windows, nobody’s going to be down with that. We all love Starbucks.
But these protesters, how are they not like the Tea Party? Alright, some of them, you know, smoke and have pants made out of pot. So call them the THC Party. Aren’t these folks real citizens with real problems? Aren’t they also speaking for America?