President Barack Obama and Jon Stewart. One of the pair is the most influential man in the world, and the other hopes to sway young Americans to show up at the polls and vote Democrat on November 2 with a TV appearance tonight.
The most influential of the pair is not the President of the United States, but Comedy Central star Stewart, according to an online survey cited by the Wall Street Journal: “In a poll conducted by AskMen.com, ‘The Daily Show’ host took the number one spot, 20 slots ahead of President Barack Obama.”
The comedian-turned-pseudo-anchorman-turned political activist also beat out Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Kanye West in the poll, as the guy most responsible for shaping 2010.
This evening, President Obama will become the first president to appear on ‘The Daily Show.” The interview takes place as Stewart gears up for his “Rally to Restore Sanity” scheduled for Saturday in Washington, D.C. The event is expected to draw tens of thousands of participants, confirm Stewart’s popularity and, as CNN puts it, his “reach” to young Americans who ignore conventional news shows but enthusiastically tune in to Stewart’s comedic take.
Would he have succeeded on such a grand scale if he hadn’t taken a stage name and was still Jon Stuart Liebowitz? One can only wonder.