Bil Browning

President Obama on the Daily Show

Filed By Bil Browning | October 28, 2010 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Media, Politics
Tags: John Stewart, President Obama, The Daily Show

Did you catch President Obama's appearance on the Daily Show last night? What do you think? Should the President be doing a sit down interview with a comedian while denying a sit down to the LGBT press (except for Americablog's Joe Sudbay's few questions he got in at a blogger meeting)?

Part 1 is below and Parts 2 and 3 are after the jump.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 1
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorRally to Restore Sanity

Are you going to the Rally to Restore Sanity this weekend? I'll be there filming for TBP. Instead of a Bilerico meetup this time, I'll be going to Joe.My.God's meetup at the Green Lantern. Hope to see some of you there.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 2
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorRally to Restore Sanity
The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 3
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorRally to Restore Sanity

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I think the President should do these shows, but he should be prepared. Stewart caught him a few times and then Obama became a little too preachy and condescending.

Something happened to Obama the day after he won - I think he started believing he was smarter than everyone else. He doesn't look very smart now. He went from charismatic to pragmatic. That's why we all feel short-changed. "Pragmatic Leader" is an oxymoron.

John Rutledge | October 29, 2010 11:08 AM

Of course he should talk with Stewart. He reached an audience he might not have reached otherwise. And what is this ' if he is not talking to us, he should not talk to anybody' deal? That just comes across catty and petty to me, rather middle-school. Sorry. Yes, partner and I will be at the rally.

I think this is a polarizing move myself. What would the world say if Reagan appeared on Rush Limbaugh? or Bush? I'm not they have equal footing, I'm just saying they are analogous enough and have similar roles.

While Jon Stewart has made some good points, some of them carry the bias most political comedians are known for. That makes the president appear more bias, less self-directing and self-evaluating and more prone to ideological bias. It is a bit different when it's an evening show that is more tabloid than political.

Obama doesn't have to be bipartisan but that's what he's been promoting himself as. This just alienates me further as having more interest in party appeal than issues and conflicts with that bipartisanship. I have up until now given Obama somewhat of a pass for his lack of attention to us out of bipartisanship. But this is just campaigning and politics as usual. This isn't going to hurt him with other people as much as it does me in some way.

Bush and his father both called up Rush to thank him for his service to the country. It was aired on Rush's show - tens millions of people heard it (liberals ignored it).

Interviewing is fine. These pols should be regularly interviewed. I don't think Jon Stewart was the hardest hitting he's ever been, but that's not really his schtick.