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Posted on Oct 28, 2010

Jon Stewart was respectful but tough as the president defended his accomplishments and made the case for his party. Highlight of the night: President Obama said “Larry Summers did a heckuva job ...” to which Stewart replied, “You don’t want to use that phrase, dude.”

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By glider, October 29, 2010 at 6:53 am Link to this comment

I lost a lot of respect for Jon over this “interview”.  I hope he reflects upon it and makes some amends in later commentary.  People do make mistakes.  I also do not know how much the so called “evil of access” had to do with this soft ball “journalism”.  This does however give me further respect for real journalists of the caliber of Amy Goodman, whom one can not even conceive of behaving in such an embarrassing manner.

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By glider, October 29, 2010 at 6:42 am Link to this comment

Obamabots and Demobots,

I really have trouble with this whining excuse about not being able to pass good legislation because the Repugs are “filibustering” everything.  As far as I understand these Repugs have never had to actually execute a serious filibuster.  Rather the Dems and Obama tacitly agree to nix the legislation and never put up a fight.  Is this not just great cover to be the Corporatists they are and pass the blame buck?  So what is the excuse for not fighting for what they supposedly believe in?

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By glider, October 29, 2010 at 6:21 am Link to this comment

A complete disgusting brown nose interview by Jon Stewart.  It was like watching O’Reilly interrogate Bush.  Sorry Jon came off like a little kid in awe of an adult who could not think straight enough to ask obvious questions of this deceitful or self delusional POTUS Corporatist tool.

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By MrWebster, October 29, 2010 at 3:09 am Link to this comment
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To: McTN

It is sometimes curious how Obama describes certain people.  It definitely hints at ruling class distinctions of the riff-raff.  Obama praised the compensation of Wall Street thieves using a very traditional analogy that they were like baseball players (the author of In Search of Excessive demolished this argument long time again, but it presists).  Soon afterward he affirms that all the teachers at a particular inner city school should be fired.

Interesting contrast as to who gets the barbs.

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By McTN, October 28, 2010 at 9:30 pm Link to this comment

I have to confess that I am disappointed in President Obama. I want to support him; I wanted to throughout his campaign. But his remarks and his actions continue to mystify me. He worries about the speculators and deadbeats getting unfair help from the HAMP program, but last time I looked it was pretty easy to distinguish a speculator from a family situation. As far as “deadbeats” is he referring to the newly created deadbeats who lost jobs, savings, pensions because of banking fraud?  I wish he would apply that concern to the banks who first got bailouts than billions in HAMP money and have done nothing but pay themselves bonuses and reorganize their balance sheets.

I’m sorry, but I just don’t get this.  I am going to support his term, but I cannot keep my mouth shut about what I see is bunch of odorific bs wafting from his office.

This republican fixation was also a curious feature of his campaign. His camps were full of Republican crossovers that were always featured over long time democrats. It appeared that there was a concern over picking the right type of person to include or highlight. Leadership, especially in the midst of crisis, has to be strong and bold—no mixed or subdued messages. But the democratic party is a limp noodle oozing not much of anything. And the only message I’m hearing is vote for us because the alternative is so much worse.

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By the worm, October 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm Link to this comment

TO “Rick” who wrote:

“Worm- as a fellow left of center guy i can appreciate your frustration, but if
Obama can’t get congress to play in the middle of the road what makes you
think he can get them to the left side of the street! Gov’t in reallity is about
finding common ground and Obama is trying to do that. Otherwise you have
perm deadlock. The only way to change that is to educate the electorate so the
right wing loses power and people vote to support liberal policies. this has to
be done from the bottom up not the other way around.”

Obama said today regarding the mortgage mess:

“The biggest challenge is how do you make sure that you are helping those who
really deserve help…. And we’re always trying to find that sweet spot to use as
much of the money that we have available to us to help those who can be
helped, without wasting that money on folks who don’t deserve help,” he
continued. “And that’s a tough balance to strike.”

This is the same Obama who kept Bush advisors for the ‘War on Terror’ and the
financial bailout of the financial industry (yes, the vote to release the rest of
Bush’s TARP money was an Obama- and Democratic-supported vote).

After saddling the middle class with the private financial industry’s debt,
Obama is suddenly concerned with making sure only those who ‘deserve help’
receive help.

After relieving the corporations of the bad debt they held and weighing down
the government and taxpayers with the obligation to cover the private sector’s
debt, Obama is suddenly worried about ‘wasting money on folks who dont
deserve help.”

We are in the longest sustained period of unemployment in fifty years. People
have lost their homes, their savings, their retirement benefits, etc.

The financial industry has record profits and is paying record bonuses.

Obama wants us to believe he is concerned with ‘balance’ ?

And you rick, think that this same Obama is not responsible for the wreck ?

Obama did not ‘cause’ the wreck, granted. But Obama’s decisions and Obama’s
policies have made the wreck infinitely worse.

If you want some insight into how Obama thinks about the current situation and
the plight of the middle class, simply read his remarks above.

The failure of mortgage relief, the stingy stimulus, the flagrant sop to the
insurance industry, etc.: these were not ‘Congress’ fault’ or the boogy men
Republicans (yes, I’ll vote against them - but i will support a Liberal Democrat
who will run against Obama in the Democratic primaries coming up for 2012).

We have a President who does not represent the people, does not know what
the people are going through, does not know how angry the people are for the
theft that has occurred under Obama’s watch, for the complacency and
complicity of this Administration.

Obama is soooo excited about having the opportunity to practice his beloved
‘bi-partisanship’ with an ever-increasingly right wing Congress. Once he’s rid
of the Democrats, he will be in his element. May God save us.

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By mdgr, October 28, 2010 at 7:57 pm Link to this comment

>What’s disappointing is watching the
president lie straight to Stewart’s face and Stewart just looking away with a
“good point” or an “I understand that…”.

The whole often is greater than the sum of its parts, and it is always greater that quotations made out of context.

Stewart’s entire body language and tone where appropriately respectful—he had certain protocols to observe, after all—but not particularly deferential. On the contrary. His tone and body language all but dripped with cynicism and he absolutely didn’t wave any pompoms on behalf of Obama. Nor did he suspend disbelief. He challenged Obama to the very limits of the possible.

I therefore thought that Jon Stewart made a very admirable showing.

What was disappointing was not that Obama lied—that always should be expected of this president—but that the audience seemed to consist of pre-pubescent girls who often were heard cheering for their favorite Beetle. The bottom-line is that, on both sides of the aisle—whether Vichy or Berlin—Americans quite a stupid bunch.

It only served to reinforced Chris Hedges’s larger point about the “liberal” mindset.

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By lasmog, October 28, 2010 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment

Rick, as long as people believe that a few Wall Street banks are indispensable to the survival of our economy, our country will be held hostage by these institutions. If you actually believe that only Goldman Sachs stands between you and the breakdown of civilization I think you overestimate the power of credit default swaps. The apologists for Wall Street trickle down economics remind me of the neo-cons who told us we had to invade Iraq to avoid “a mushroom cloud” over America.

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By Mr. Fish, October 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm Link to this comment
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Tough interview?  It was a fucking tickle fight where Stewart might’ve tickled a
little too hard because he was so excited to be hosting the king.  The intellectual
version of Dancing with the Stars - high functioning mediocrity with an audience
thankful that their celebrities know enough to perform above a net because gods
are so much less inspiring when they shatter on the floor.

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By thethirdman, October 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment

This is what counts as “tough” questioning?

We might as well have watched Hannity interview Bush…

Obama doesn’t disappoint, I think we all knew exactly what he was going to say
before we watched the “interview.”  What’s disappointing is watching the
president lie straight to Stewart’s face and Stewart just looking away with a
“good point” or an “I understand that…”.

Where is the Stewart from Crossfire?  I would even settle for the weak version of
Stewart who occasionally spars with O’Reilly. 

You don’t realize how pathetic our interviewers are until you watch real
interviews done across the world.  Check out The Agenda with Steve Paikin or
anything you see on Al Jazeera.  Those are tough questions.

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By Steve E, October 28, 2010 at 4:11 pm Link to this comment

Your absolutely correct MeHere. I personally don’t know what is the biggest drain
on the nation, the Wall St. bailout with foreclosuregate, or the perpetual imperial
warring. I would bet that an agreement was made about what was to be discussed
and what was off limits. Mind you, the subject of Social Security apparently
seemed to jolt Obama. I swear he is going to monkey with SS in his last two years
in office. He will continue to carry water for corporate interests to the end. I think
he now harbors a strong disdain for voters in general and progressives in
particular. His elitist and narcissistic tendencies are starting to be very obvious.

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By MeHere, October 28, 2010 at 3:06 pm Link to this comment

No mention of the wars?  I guess it’s an invisible, non-important issue.  Shame on
Obama , who probably decided that was off-limits, and shame on Stewart for
accepting the deal. Surprising? Not really.

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By Woody, October 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm Link to this comment
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As one commentor said, blow, Obama could have been a
SPLENDID, memorable, heroicf one-term President, if
he’d grasped the shock and used it to commit real
reform, close the failing banks, and punish the
banksters.

He’s still a one-termer. But instead of heroic, he’ll
be just the One-termer who happened to break the
color line at the WhiteHouse. His reward for that was
given in his first months in office, with the Peace
Prize. And he’ll automatically be inducted into the
Hall of Sainted Americans, alongside MLK, JFK,
Roosevelt and Lincoln. And he’ll never have to work
another day in his life…nor will his wife and/opr
kids…

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By rick, October 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm Link to this comment
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Lasmog, How many more people would there have been “disposed” if the banks, the Auto industry and all of the other Dominos would have fallen. Your plan worked well In “V for Vendeta” Then we all could have danced arround the chaos in our plastic Obama masks while in real people starved.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, October 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment
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I would like to see Obama interviewed by Chris Hedges.  Obama is as insulated as Bush was.

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By GlenBeckHistoryRevised, October 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm Link to this comment
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why don’t the Charles Koch stooges here post something on the billionaire of Koch Industries toilet paper company and tenth largest polluter in the US post on Glen Beck’s website?  Because they are banned.

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By gerard, October 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm Link to this comment

Well thank you, Rick!  People with any knowledge of politics and how it works and doesn’t work should be able to admit what has been accomplished and understand why so much is yet to get done. Two extremist forces are dragging on Obama—the millions of reactionary business-as-usual conservatives who think social justice is “coddling” and who can’t stand to see a “racial minority” in the White House, and the corporate financiers who have tons of money to buy control and twist elections into scams.
  Politics and media being what they are, anyone who thinks he/she could do better without massive citizen action in the streets, is delusional. We’ve known for decades that government in the U.S. is bought and sold, and we’ve tolerated it because for decades we have been too willfully negligent to change it. We are the ones we have been waiting for—and still are. Why kick Obama?
  Who’s kidding whom?

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By lasmog, October 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm Link to this comment

Obama could have been a glorious one term president.  He could have let the big banks fail and then prosecuted their executives for fraud.  He could have fought for a single payer health care system and refused to sell out to big pharma.  He could have demanded that we stop building an American Empire abroad and bring our soldiers home.  Of course if he had done all that he would have probably been crushed by the full weight of the Republican/Democratic establishment.

But it would have been worth it.  One term Obama could have given birth to an actual progressive movement.  There are millions of disposed people in this country who would rally to the banner of a liberal charismatic president. Even in defeat, Obama could have given credibility to progressive ideals and encouraged other politicians to support them. Unfortunately, this is not what happened.  President Obama did not turn out to be Ralph Nader in disguise.  Instead, we got the second coming of President Clinton; Obama feels our pain but loves only Wall Street.

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By sukhbir, October 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm Link to this comment
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Stewart, naturally, was pretty easy on Obama, and the crowd were totally pro-Obama. Stewart questioned the appointment of Larry Summers as an example of not changing, but didn’t say a word about keeping Bush appointees Robert Gates and Ben Bernanke.

Obama looked very tired - droning on about “folks” and their “notions”. He had nothing inspiring to say - only weak excuses for failing to change anything. He also warned “folks” not to expect much change, because change is hard work.

Obama is not the “the one”. He is another spineless, corrupt, empty suit - just like his cousin, GW Bush. The voters were conned.

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By rick, October 28, 2010 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment
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Worm- as a fellow left of center guy i can appreciate your frustration, but if Obama can’t get congress to play in the middle of the road what makes you think he can get them to the left side of the street! Gov’t in reallity is about finding common ground and Obama is trying to do that. Otherwise you have perm deadlock. The only way to change that is to educate the electorate so the right wing loses power and people vote to support liberal policies. this has to be done from the bottom up not the other way arround.

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By ibhdez, October 28, 2010 at 11:40 am Link to this comment
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It was great!!!
Jon brought up some excellent points and the President answered them.
For those who want all now - Grow up, things take time.
Funny as a society whether progressive or demented we all act as spoiled children.
Thank you Mr. President.

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By the worm, October 28, 2010 at 9:15 am Link to this comment

The American people and Health Reform:

Just sixteen short months ago, in June 2009, a New York Times/CBS poll found:
” 72% of Americans ‘supported a government-administered insurance plan—
something like Medicare for those under 65—that would compete for
customers with private insurers.’

The American people and Afghanistan:

64% of the American people opposed expanding the war in Afghanistan

The American people and the bailout of the Financial Industry:

Don’t have a % on this, but suffice it to say the vast majority of Americans
opposed the transfer of taxpayer wealth to cover private company debt – a la
the bailout.

The American people are clearly not the Democrats’ constituency; the
Democrats constituencies clearly are the:

Financial Industry
Insurance Industry
Military/Mercenary Corporations

We would be better off today, had Obama and the Democrats listened to the
voters rather than their chosen big-money constituencies. We, the Democrats,
would have decisions we could defend and even support. As it is, we Democrats
are in the unenviable situation of having to support the failed Republican
policies embraced by a Democratic President and Democratic Congress. (Bizarre
for a Party and candidate who promised “Change You Can Believe In”. I guess
the change was transforming the Democratic Party into the Republican Party.)

This Administration has taken its first sixteen months and driven as hard as it
could away from what the American people wanted it to do. As a consequence,
it has left disaster in its wake. And now it expects the American people to
believe .... what, exactly ? After the bait and switch we’ve all been the victim of,
we’re a little harder to persuade - may be a lot harder. It is clear that this
President either cannot or will not deliver what the American people ask for,
expected and voted for.

The nadir of American Liberalism has been reached under this Administration –
not because Liberalism failed, but because Liberalism was abandoned.

The American people (i.e. the ever-shrinking middle class) are no longer a
factor in the policy-making or the decision-making of the Democratic Party. It
is time to begin re-building the Democratic Party in the Liberal Tradition of FDR
and LBJ.

Yes, I will vote against the Republicans this year. I pledge, as well, to support a
Liberal Democratic challenger to Obama for the 2012 Democratic nominee for
President.

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By Donald Rockman, October 28, 2010 at 9:09 am Link to this comment
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Why are these idiots in the audience cheering? This guy never even attempted to
do the right thing, such as appoint a moral economic team, not some stooges
from Wall Street. The huge banks should have been downsized, they are now
bigger than ever and in light of no Glass-Steagall are right back speculating. What
happened to a government run health care? What about being able to negotiate
with the drug companies for better prices? I could go on, but you get my drift.
Back to my first statement. Why are they applauding?

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By Steve E, October 28, 2010 at 7:46 am Link to this comment

Quacks like a lame duck, walks like a lame duck, must be a lame duck. This is all
we have between us and the country’s demise. God help us.

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By hidflect, October 28, 2010 at 7:28 am Link to this comment
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Ahh.. I think you nailed it, esi42.

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By esi42, October 28, 2010 at 7:11 am Link to this comment

A big thanks to Jon!  Even though this was obviously scripted, I really enjoyed it.  Here I thought Obama was just a puppet.  In reality, he fully believes his own BS.

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