*President Barack Obama is praising comedian Jon Stewart’s upcoming “Rally to Restore Sanity,” saying it may help instill more “courtesy” in American political life.
Speaking Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia, the president welcomed the idea behind the October 30 rally, which Stewart described as an effort for people who expect common sense and courtesy in daily interactions.
The event is a thinly veiled dig at right-wing icon Glenn Beck’s “Restore America” march on Washington’s National Mall last month.
“I was amused,” Obama said of ‘The Daily Show’ host’s rally.
“They may not be following every single issue, because they just don’t have time. But they are just expecting some common sense and some courtesy in how people interact,” he said about average people simply “going about their business,” “looking after their families” and “working hard every day.”
“And having those voices lifted up is really important.”
After Stewart’s announcement, Stewart’s alter-ego Stephen Colbert used his own TV show on Comedy Central to invite Americans to attend another rally, which he dubbed the “March to Keep Fear Alive.”