"...there is no other way to start the show then to ask you at home the question that we asked the audience here tonight and that we've asked everybody we know here in New York since September 11, and this is, 'Are you okay? And we pray that you are and that your family is." (P 1)
John Stewart levels the playing field to reinforce the sense of community between the American people.
John Stewart's words show that 9/11 happened to everybody, and the reason that we are still standing is because of our sense of community and unity
"Any fool can blow something up. Any fool can destroy. But to see these guys, these firefighters and these policemen and people from all over the country, literally with buckets, rebuilding. ... that's extraordinary. And that's why we've already won." (P 7)
John Stewart diminishes the significance of what the Al Qaeda did and redirects that significance to the actions of the first responders and the American people.
John Stewart reassures the American people that we're strong and that we will win by helping them realize we've already won this battle