Jon Stewart's Jokes on Politics' Biggest Scandals and Moments Then and Now

Jokes from his first years and recent ones as 'Daily Show' host.

— -- Late night TV will miss its greatest and most trusted phony newsman.

But after hosting the satirical show through three presidencies, Jon Stewart announced on Tuesday that later this year he would be stepping down from the job he called "the honor of my professional life."

Stewart shared his take on political scandals, gaffes and biggest political moments from 1999, when he first took over as host, up until now:


1999: "Impeach Impediment '99"

"A glimpse of what he might have accomplished, if only he had been born without testicles,” Stewart jabbed.

2000: "Indecision 2000 -- The Good, The Chad and The Ugly"

In an episode the following year, Stewart took on the Florida recount in the 2000 election with a segment called “The Good, The Chad and The Ugly.”

2000: "Foley Reaction"

The scandal about former Republican Congressman Mark Foley garnered almost a whole episode in 2006. Foley resigned shortly after accusations surfaced that he sent sexually explicit messages to young men working as congressional pages.

2006: "Cheney’s Got a Gun"

Then-Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot 78-year-old Harry Whittington during a quail hunt on a Texas ranch. Stewart pointed out that Whittington was the first person shot by a sitting Vice President since Alexander Hamilton.

"Hamilton, of course, was shot in a duel with Aaron Burr over issues of honor, integrity and political maneuvering. Whittington was mistaken for a bird," Stewart said. “I’m not just Jon Stewart...I’m also a concerned parent,” Stewart joked. “So moms and dads who are watching this right now...don’t let your kids go hunting with the Vice President."

2007: “Trapped in the Men’s Room”

Stewart had some fun with another Congressional sex scandal the next year when former Republican Sen. Larry Craig was arrested in the Minneapolis St-Paul airport for “lewd conduct,” reportedly soliciting sex in a men’s restroom.


2010: “Governor Slumdog Million-Hairs”

2013: “Jon Stewart’s Rockin’ Shutdown Eve”

The night before the government couldn’t reach a budget deal for the new year and shut down for 16 days beginning October 1, 2013, Stewart took aim at Republicans in Congress. As Republican lawmakers fought for defunding Obamacare arguing it was unconstitutional, Stewart compared the situation to a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New York Giants, where the Giants lost 31-7.

“You know what the Giants didn't say after that game? 'If you don’t give us 25 more points by midnight on Monday, we will shut down the..NFL.’ What I’m saying is, wouldn’t it be nice if the United States Congress aspired to the maturity of the problem solving capacity of football players?” Stewart said.

2014: “Never Ending Sorry”

Chris Christie’s administration was infamously accused of purposefully closing lanes at the George Washington bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey as an alleged payback against Fort Lee’s democratic mayor. Jon Stewart teased Christie as he “took the the stage at the New Jersey State House for a sold out two hour marathon show,” and Stewart proceeded to bring back some of Christie’s not-so-graceful moments.

2015: “Barack Obama vs. Jon Stewart”

Stewart makes fun of Obama’s second to last State of the Union Address, taking a stab at his anticlimactic proposals of tax reforms and at his naive remarks about being “one people” while being in perhaps one of the most bipartisan administrations. Stewart illustrates his point by showing the Republicans not react to what "under normal human circumstances, would be unanimous applause lines.”