President Barack Obama appeared on the Daily show with Jon Stewart to discuss his first two years and what he expects of himself in the next two years. Jon Stewart wasn’t holding back when he interviewed Obama on the daily show, like always, Stewart was on point and holding court like many of his guest and the Presidents was no different. Stewart was his usual self holding the Presidents feet to the fire often jabbing with his usual satirist humor.
On his first two years
Barack Obama believes a lot has been accomplished over the last 18 months in very difficult circumstances. Stewart asked how the political environment got to the point that Democrats ‘seem to be running on ‘Please, baby, one more chance” just two years after Obama ran a successful presidential campaign built around ‘very high rhetoric, hope and change.’
‘Are you disappointed in how it’s gone?’
Obama seemed to suggest that he wasn’t disappointed. He said his advisers had told him during the euphoria of his 2008 election to ‘enjoy this now because two years from now folks are going to be frustrated. That is, in fact, what’s happening.’
On Health Care
Obama cited legislation extending health care to more children and broadening a national service program as examples.
‘Over and over again, we have moved forward an agenda that is making a difference in people’s lives each and every day,’ Obama replied. ‘Is it enough? No. And so I expect, and I think most Democrats out there expect, that people want to see more progress.’
The interview, which allowed Obama to take his campaign message to the type of audience that gets political news from programs like Stewart’s, seemed more wonkish than slapstick.
Stewart pressed Obama on the changed political climate in the country and questioned him about the new health care law. The president defended his record as well as Democrats, who are expected to suffer a drubbing at the polls Tuesday. Oba