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Obama’s ‘Daily Show’ Stint a Success, Says Team Obama

Posted on Oct 28, 2010

Other sources may disagree, but the word around the White House on Thursday was that President Obama’s special appearance on “The Daily Show” the night before had been “a success,” according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. Interestingly (or perhaps scarily), Obama’s chat with Jon Stewart was apparently the most compelling issue on the minds of reporters in the press room that day.

Los Angeles Times:

At his daily briefing, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs faced more questions about the president’s “Daily Show” interview than any other topic. He defended the White House’s decision to schedule it, repeating that it was a way of speaking directly to voters who may not watch traditional news outlets.

Gibbs also said they expected the tough line of questioning.

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By Charles D, November 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment

Stewart’s questioning can only be considered tough by contrasting it to
the fawning softball questions asked by the Washington press corps.  At
least he followed up and didn’t accept the initial non-answer.

Obama on the other hand was in the unenviable position of having to
defend his failure to accomplish anything of substance.  If he thought
anyone would buy the idea that the health care deform measure was an
accomplishment or that Larry Summers had done a “heckuva job” on
the economy, then he is delusional.  He hid behind the 60-vote
“filibuster” rule in the Senate, a rule that the Democrats have had 4
years to change or to require an actual filibuster.  I thought he was on
the defensive the whole time and came off like a typical politician. 
That’s one reason there were very few pro-Obama or pro-Democrats
signs at the Rally to Restore Sanity.  Why support them when they don’t
support us?

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By christian96, October 31, 2010 at 11:04 am Link to this comment

A picture of John Raese, Sarah Palin, and Ted Negent
are on the front page of The Charleston Dail  Sarah Palin came to West Virginia(thank
God I’m in Florida) to support Raese’s bid to become
the 1st Republician senator to represent West Virginia in 5 decades.  Ted has a cowboy hat on and
Sarah is giving the Texas “hook-em-horns” sign. They
must have thought they were in Texas instead of West
Virginia. I think God has a sense of humor.  They
appeared on Oct. 30th, the day before Halloween.
I made the following comments following the article:

I’m too old to know Ted Nugent. His comment “we’ve let
the rats move in” intrigued me. Since he and Sarah just
moved into West Virginia I assume he must have been referring to himself and Sarah. If you young folks are
wasting your money on Ted’s music you are doing just that.
wasting your money. In the picture Sarah was out of touch
with reality as usual. It was the 30h and she was already
wearing her wicked witch of the North halloween mask a day
early. They think people from West Virginia are stupid.
They tried to blame our current problems on President Obama. We know who to blame the problems on. The cowboy
from Texas who just about ruined our nation in 8 short years. Did Ted and Sarah speak at the memorial in Beckley
on April 25th in honor of the 29 deceased miners? Absolutely not. However, President Obama and Governor
Manchin represented the miners, families, and friends of
the miners quite well. I was very proud of them. They
love people not money.

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By reynolds, October 30, 2010 at 12:17 pm Link to this comment

perhaps you would prefer jane’s denfence weekly

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By Ray Duray, October 29, 2010 at 7:32 pm Link to this comment

Today’s MSM mania with Yemeni packages was all the more appalling for the fact that it gave Obama the bully pulpit to fear monger in exactly the same way that George Bush did for the last seven years of his criminal tenure in the White House.

What has this nation become?

In 1933 FDR famously declared the “only thing we have to fear is fear itself”.

Today, it seems that any toady serving in the Oval Office is directed by the MIC to bamboozle the public into irrational and infantile fear.

We’re lost. We have no leadership in this nation.

For more on why the Obama appearance on the Daily Show was an odious display of outright bald-faced lying, see Yves Smith’s analysis is Obama’s economic deceit:

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By rico, suave, October 29, 2010 at 5:02 pm Link to this comment

Three front page articles on truthdig about the Daily Show. This pretty much summarizes the seriousness and depth I’ve learned to expect here.

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By Hammond Eggs, October 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm Link to this comment

the word around the White House on Thursday was that President Obama’s special appearance on “The Daily Show” the night before had been “a success,” according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.

What else would you expect from these toadies, suck-ups, brown noses, sycophants, kiss-asses and cynics?

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By Blackspeare, October 29, 2010 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment

Did I mishear something or did Jon Stewart call the president “dude?”  This has to be a first!

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By pundaint, October 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment

President Obama increasingly impresses me like one of those pawn shop hucksters trying to buy my old gold.  He sounded like he was really focused on what I needed in ‘08, but when it’s time to deliver, I’m offered 20 cents on the dollar, and told I can’t get a better deal anywhere else.

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By robert puglia, October 29, 2010 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment
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my esteem for both men has been diminished by this
prior to this exercise, i had had a great respect for
the breadth and acuity of a scintillating political
intellect; the president, not so much.

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By Go Right Young Man, October 29, 2010 at 9:01 am Link to this comment

Jon Stewart asked the president the same types of questions that were asked by almost every news outlet in the United States during the 07-08 election.  I have never seen anything like it.

In Nov. 08, just days after the election, I watched as Tom Brokaw and Charlie Rose ruminated on how each of them knew nothing about the man who had just been elected President of the United States.  Both Rose and Brokaw spoke with some bewilderment about how each of them knew not what to expect in foreign policy, health-care, education and the economy.

I’ve never seen anything like it.

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By serenade, October 29, 2010 at 1:43 am Link to this comment

Did I miss it? This country spends more than half of its budget on the military,
massively funding two brutal wars against impoverished nations and neither
Stewart nor Obama even mentions Afghanistan, Iraq, Wikileaks or the homicidal
military-industrial-media complex.

Species dying, ecosystems collapsing, miles of oil in the gulf, glaciers melting etc.
etc. and this is what passes for news, action, politics.

Hush now, children. Watch the funny man.

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By Robespierre115, October 28, 2010 at 8:25 pm Link to this comment

If people consider the Stewart conducted as “tough questioning,” then we’re in deep trouble.

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