Date: Oct. 6, 2012
Show: Special event
Most uncomfortable moment: In response to being asked what American they would save from a fire:
Stewart: "My family. But Oprah's a good answer too."
We can only dream of bringing the level of civility and mutual respect shown in the "Rumble in the Air Conditioned Auditorium" to our presidential debates. To be fair, it is easy to be frank and reasonable when there is nothing tangible at stake. Over the course of an hour and a half, moderator E.D. Hill guided the men through a variety of issues central to Americans today, from health care to foreign policy to the role of journalism in society. The most important question posed to the two men during the debate was one neither of them chose to answer verbally, "How is it that two personalities such as yourselves that are almost polar opposites politically show willingness to come together when Congress can't. What advice would you give Congress?" Stewart responded by sitting on O'Reilly's lap.