Remember when everyone was worried The Daily Show couldn't survive an Obama presidency? That hasn't come to pass. Instead, host Jon Stewart has emerged as one of the White House's toughest critics on the left, breaking with the president on health care reform and, most recently, U.S. involvement in Libya.
Last night's roasting of Obama for receiving a government transparency award at a closed-door West Wing ceremony may have been Stewart's most pointed criticism of the president to date. The irony of accepting a good government award under such circumstances is obvious, but it looks even worse when compared with his campaign speeches touting the need for increased transparency. "When you don't live in the White House," Stewart explains, "sunlight's the best disinfectant. When you live in the White House, disinfectant stings."