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By Dan Froomkin
9:41 AM ET, 04/ 8/2009

Jon Stewart chronicles the rise of "Baracknophobia" -- the conviction that Obama's presidency has brought tyranny to our shores -- on Fox News.

"I think you might be confusing 'tyranny' with 'losing,'" Stewart advises the Baracknophobes. "You see, when the guy you disagree with gets elected, he's probably going to do things you disagree with....That's not tyranny, that's democracy."

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In another segment, Stewart looks back at Obama's overseas trip, documents the "unrealistic expectations of greatness by supporters and hysterical doomsaying by his detractors" and concludes, "Alright, Obama didn't get more troop commitments for Afghanistan, or the European stimulus money he wanted, or much in the way of Guantanamo prisoner relocations -- but isn't just spending a week overseas without being burned in effigy victory enough?"

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