Jon Stewart’s open-hearted speech to open the first Daily Show after 9/11.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 11, 2011
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“Any fool can destroy. But what those guys are doing down at Ground Zero, rebuilding…”

“The view from south Manhattan is now the Statue of Liberty.”

Bonus, as it were:

And then:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “Jon Stewart’s open-hearted speech to open the first Daily Show after 9/11.”

  1. Elizabeth Conlin says:

    I had never seen that piece. Thank you for posting it. Thirteen years later, with progress and rebuilding, there is a part of me that believes Stewart was right. Yet there is a sadness and an anger at the erosion of that liberty we cherish. I worry for our leaders and I worry about them and their reactions to the violence in the world as a whole and in our own nation. Like Stewart, I remember Martin Luther King's assassination as a child, and Bobby Kennedy's calming speech as he delivered the news to a waiting crowd. And I remember Bobby's assassination, and can't help but feel like we lost vision and and some hope. We continue to try to believe. I just don't know if we still have what it takes. I wish peace and healing to those who suffered incredible personal losses on 9-11. It changed all of us here in New York. It changed the country. Not all of the changes are good. I hope and pray that in enough time we remember who we used to be, and recommit to being a nation of inclusion and freedom.

  2. Eugene Soroko says:

    In Fall we harvest the crops of our communities labors. We also reflect on our intentions and the intentions of our leaders as to the direction our community should be going. May the diversity of the many different communities labors continue to enrich your life. With appreciation to all in this mosaic of life called USA.