Today we remember one of the worst days in American history on its anniversary. It's been 13 years and the events of September 11, 2001 still seem as unreal as they did back then. The country didn't know how to react. It was like something out of a ridiculous action movie. But America is a country of leaders and the people who entertain us, the people who whisk us away from the troubles of our everyday lives, had to set aside the humor for a second and show the people they knew what to say.
There were many affecting tributes by entertainment figures in the days and weeks after those planes crashed in New York City, Washington D.C. and Shanksville, PA. But perhaps none was more poignant than Jon Stewart
's first Daily Show
monologue after the attacks, on September 20, 2011. He was human. He was eloquent. And he gave the moment the gravity it deserved while remaining the lovable personality he is. It's best to just watch: