Answer: The same way you make fun of Bush. At NPR, they interviewed executive producer Ben Karlin from The Daily Show. If anyone knows The Daily Show always makes fun of President Bush. However, the show says that it isn’t making fun of Bush just because they have a certain political agenda that goes against Bush. They say that they make fun of anyone in charge and it just happens to be Bush for the past eight years. However, if you set up a certain agenda for a while, you’ll get a certain crowd. And lately, the crowd seems to be very supportive of Obama and hateful of Bush. So there’s a worry that if Jon Stewart starts making fun of Obama, it will alienate his crowd. I can remember a segment where The Daily Show did make fun of Obama and the crowd just barely chuckeled, to which Stewart said, “You know, it’s ok to laugh at him.”
Although I do support Obama, I hope that they do make fun of him on the show. It seems like a double standard to only make fun of one side of the political spectrum. Besides, the show isn’t meant to hold on to some political agenda, but rather to give satire to whatever the situation is at hand.
At the same time, I think that a true democracy is where you can make fun of all sides. It seems presumptuous to say that, “My side’s right; you’re wrong.” In order to grow, you must look at the flaws of your side. It’s always easy to make fun of the things you disagree with. And it makes people uncomfortable to find flaws in their own views. But that is how you develop your own ideas: by finding flaws in it. Satire is a way to keep you modest, and I hope that regardless of anyone’s loyalty to the show, the show does make fun of whoever is in charge.