Archive for Thursday, October 28, 2010

In ‘Daily Show’ appearance, election is no laughing matter for Obama

October 28, 2010


— President Barack Obama apparently thinks politics is no laughing matter, even when he’s staring down a comedian.

Obama barely cracked any jokes during an appearance Wednesday on “The Daily Show” despite host Jon Stewart’s attempts to draw out the president’s humorous side with a few of his own wisecracks.

Less than a week before the critical Nov. 2 congressional elections, Obama said he hopes Democratic lawmakers who made tough votes will be rewarded with another term in office. He promised more accomplishments in the two years left on his own term in the Oval Office and urged people to vote — early if they can.

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?” asked the Comedy Central satirist.

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.”

He listed as reasons a 9.6 percent unemployment rate, sinking housing values and an economy that is growing but not fast enough. But Obama said his administration has also stabilized the economy, noting it has grown for nine months in a row. He also signed major health care and financial legislation. Obama suggested that his administration did so much that “we have done things that some folks don’t even know about.”

The comment seemed to catch Stewart by surprise.

“What have you done that we don’t know about?” he asked. “Are you planning a surprise party for us, filled with jobs and 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.”


Tom Shewmon 7 years, 6 months ago

Pathetic. Can't wait until this joke is out of the white house.

mom_of_three 7 years, 6 months ago

Why, so we can elect a Republican joke? People like you make me frustrated, because you are just like the politicians in Congress - you are so focused to being against Democrats, no matter what they may say, that you refuse to listen to the message.

Republicans aren't trying to make things better for the American people, they are just interested in the Democrats failing. They vote against anything a democrat supports. And I have to say, when bush was in office, the Democrats did the same thing. Representatives and Senators need to stop thinking about their parties and work on making things better for the American people.

phoggyjay 7 years, 6 months ago

You really need to move to California and smoke some legalized cannabis after Prop. 19 passes. Light it up... so you can lighten up!

zzgoeb 7 years, 6 months ago

Careful, or we'll ask you about Karl and his cabal there Tom!!! What a fascinating charade, George Soros against the Fortune's a wonder a CEO can make a billion anymore!!!! Give it up man, it's weak...

jafs 7 years, 6 months ago


That means to me that people are frustrated with both parties.

And, that they don't know what they want the government to do.

mom_of_three 7 years, 6 months ago

I can remember Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr, Clinton and bush Jr, and Obama is just a different speaker entirely. He made some interesting points about how things are going, which some obviously refused to hear.
The unemployment rate was high when Obama took over, and the loss of jobs has continued, but at a slower rate than his predecessor. Some of the problems we currently have, he inherited from his predecessor, and changes are not going to happen overnight. Would a Republican have been more successful? No, not more successful, but maybe as successful.

Unlike many people in the country and in this forum, I listen to the President we elect, whether he be Republican or Democrat, and hope he succeeds, because its my life that he is effecting. I dont wish for anyone in our government to fail, although I do wonder if what they are doing is best sometimes.

Mark Zwahl 7 years, 6 months ago

I believe everyone's dissatisfaction is that we aren't (as a society) patient enough to see the long term. It's hard to turn a struggling relationship or small business around in 2 years - and we're talking about the complexities of an entire nation. We really don't know how bad it might have been w/o all the efforts, or how bad it might have been w/ a bunch of different attempts. God knows the deficit sucks, and I seriously doubt all the Republican solutions would have put us in much if any better shape.

You demonizers will only see what you want to see - which robs your opinions of any credibility.

ralphralph 7 years, 6 months ago

What's sad is that the President of the USA being a guest on a "pretend news" show on a comedy channel .... AND it's probably the most insightful interview we'll see.

Part of that is because the left-leaning mainstream media won't dare ask him a hard question, lest they risk being deemed uncool (and fall off the list of people who get to talk to the POTUS); and another part is he wouldn't dare go near an impartial or right-leaning interviewer who WOULD dare to ask hard questions. It's all just fluff-over-substance photo-ops.

I'd love to see the equivalent of "Prime Minister's Question" time in the US ... plop the President down in front of the House of Reps, sitting as a committee-of-the-whole, and grill him about the issues of the day. For you Obama lovers, stay with me as you imagine GW Bush seated down front by the speaker and being asked to explain the details of his plans on ... almost anything.

The spin-meisters control everything we see and hear, and the people in the press who are supposed to counter that are not doing it. We need a way to make sure the President has a clue what he is doing, and to make him tell us about it openly.

I call for "President's Question Time" ... perhaps every Tuesday at, say 10:00 AM.

jafs 7 years, 6 months ago

That's a great idea!

The British really do throw hard questions at the PM, and he actually responds to them.

Imagine that.

staff04 7 years, 6 months ago

I actually thought it was a pretty weak interview...really seemed to me that he blew an opportunity to reassure his base. He seemed panicky and failed to make the connection between turnout for midterm elections and the progress of his Administration.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 6 months ago

"Haven’t Democrats in Congress worked for the last several months against the idea that the midterms are a national referendum on Barack Obama and his agenda? The Smartest President Evah spends one minute on the air with Al Sharpton and demolishes that notion entirely. Attention, midterm voters: next Tuesday’s red-light special is the Obama agenda …"

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