"The view from my apartment was the World Trade Center. (long pause) And now it's gone. And they attacked it, this symbol of American ingenuity, and strength, and, and labor, imagination, and commerce, and it is gone. But you know what the view is, now? The Statue of Liberty. The view from the south of Manhattan is now the Statue of Liberty. You can't beat that."
— Jon Stewart, in his return after 9/11, September 20, 2001
"If the events of September 11, 2001, have proven anything, it's that the terrorists can attack us, but they can't take away what makes us American — our freedom, our liberty, our civil rights. No, only Attorney General John Ashcroft can do that."
-_Jon Stewart on the Patriot Act