A very pleased Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert just appeared before the media at a press conference at the National Press Club.
One question to Stewart: How do you think the media will portray your criticism of it?
“I just don’t care,” he said.
During much of the 20 minute exchange, Stewart indicated that he wasn’t about to create some kind of a movement.
“We hope that it provides a certain clarity,” he said.
In fact, when asked whether people should vote on Tuesday, Stewart wasn’t about to preach. He said, “I think people should do what moves them.”
Colbert, a bit out of character, said that those gathered “were there to have fun. They were there to play the game with us.”
The unofficial estimate of attendance, according to one of the event producers, was more than 250,000. That was based on consultations with organizers of a 40th anniversary Earth Day event that drew 200,000 and was on the same footprint in the National Mall.
Stewart said the hardest thing to pull off was the former Cat Stevens-Ozzy-O’Jay’s segment, plus the fact that they essentially pulled it all together in six weeks.
As could be expected, Stewart and Colbert had the press room laughing at points.
When a reporter asked Stewart whether he had talked to Rick Sanchez since his firing, he said, “He called me a few days later and we spoke.”
What did he say? The reporter asked.
“It was pretty anti-Semitic,” he quipped, before saying they had a cordial conversation.