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Comedy Central talk show hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert intend to launch contrasting rallies in the month of October. Colbert, who performs a satirical routine as a conservative commentator on The Colbert Report, announced his “March to Keep Fear Alive” campaign to counter Stewart’s upcoming rally, titled “Rally to Restore Sanity.”
During a speech given Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia, President Barack Obama expressed support for Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” by stating that it could help instill more “courtesy” in U.S. politics, according to RawStory.com.
“They may not be following every single issue, because they just don’t have time,” Obama said of The Daily Show host’s upcoming rally. “But they are just expecting some common sense and some courtesy in how people interact.”
President Obama, who stated that he was amused upon learning of Stewart’s campaign, believes that it is “really important” to lift the voices of those who simply go about their business, look after their families, and work hard every day.
It turns out that the Commander in Chief is not alone in his support of the “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Co-founder of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, has vowed to provide anyone who arrives at her lower Manhattan office on October 30 with a free ride from New York to Washington on one of her buses to attend Stewart’s event.