Jon Stewart at the College of William and Mary

“… Lets talk about the real world for a moment. We had been discussing it earlier, and IÖI wanted to bring this up to you earlier about the real world, and this is I guess as good a time as any. I donít really know to put this, so Iíll be blunt. We broke it.

Please donít be mad. I know we were supposed to bequeath to the next generation a world better than the one we were handed. So, sorry.

I donít know if youíve been following the news lately, but it just kinda got away from us. Somewhere between the gold rush of easy internet profits and an arrogant sense of endless empire, we heard kind of a pinging noise, and uh, then the damn thing just died on us. So I apologize.

But hereís the good news. You fix this thing, youíre the next greatest generation, people. You do thisóand I believe you canóyou win this war on terror, and Tom Brokawís kissing your ass from here to Tikrit, let me tell ya. And even if you donít, youíre not gonna have much trouble surpassing my generation. If you end up getting your picture taken next to a naked guy pile of enemy prisoners and donít give the thumbs up youíve outdid us.

We declared war on terror. We declared war on terroróitís not even a noun, so, good luck. After we defeat it, Iím sure weíll take on that bastard ennui. …”

> From Jon Stewart’s William and Mary Commencement Address

Author: Rob