Jon Stewart Appointed to 9/11 Memorial Board
Advocacy wins funnyman place with Ground Zero foundation
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2011 1:51 AM CST
Jon Stewart shouts to the crowd during the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the National Mall in Washington.    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(Newser) – Jon Stewart's push to get Congress to pass a 9/11 first responders health care bill has won him a place on the board of the foundation building the 9/11 museum and memorial at Ground Zero. The foundation's president hailed the Daily Show host's passionate advocacy—which included devoting an entire show to the first responders' cause—and said the appointment "seemed like a no-brainer to us," the New York Times reports.

Stewart, who was master of ceremonies at the foundation's benefit last year, joins 47 other board members, including business leaders and people who lost family members in the attacks. "I’m very humbled," Stewart said. “Luckily for me, it appears as if they’ve done 95% of the hard labor on this. So I’m hoping to help in any way I can offer. I'm like their intern at this point." The foundation aims to open the memorial on the 10th anniversary of the attacks, and the museum a year later.