And on Tuesday night, it showed.
When he wasn’t endlessly shilling Democrat talking points on a Comedy Central show aimed squarely at uninformed voters, the “Daily Show” host routinely attacked the president’s Republican critics politically and personally, and provided a forum for Obama’s policies to pass unquestioned. The president’s appearance Tuesday night was a combination of both.
Stewart introduced the president, saying they had to start quickly because “I’m sure there’s a fundraiser he has to be at.” Not surprisingly, this was factually accurate as Obama was scheduled to appear at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee following the show, according to Politico.
The president opened with a joke about issuing an executive order forcing Stewart to stay on as host of the show, which wouldn’t be surprising considering some of his previous executive orders and the softballs he enjoys when he appears on the show.
He went right into touting his accomplishments, like Obamacare and the Iran Deal, which he said are “just bearing fruit.”
Expounding on the deal with Iran, Obama explained that Iran was still an adversary, saying “They are anti-American, anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, they sponsor terrorist organizations like Hezbollah.”
“Sounds like a good partner for peace,” Stewart joked back.
The president continued to insist that the deal cuts off the path for Iran to get a nuclear weapon and lambasted his critics for saying they had no actual plan for a better deal.
Obama also discussed the role of the media in politics and was shocked when Stewart asked if his White House had too many talking points.
“I thought you were going to say we didn’t have any talking points,” Obama said.
“The media are a bunch of different medias. Some get on my nerves more than others,” the president said. “What I’m most concerned about is not that it’s unfair or too tough on government — but that it gets distracted by shiny objects and doesn’t always focus on the big tough choices and decisions.”
As with most political conversations these days, the segment concluded with talk of the Republicans’ current frontrunner for the 2016 presidential nomination, Donald Trump.
“I’m sure the Republicans are enjoying Mr. Trump’s dominance,” Obama quipped.
“Anything that makes them look less crazy,” Stewart shot back.
Yeah, it’s easy to see why the president is going to miss Stewart.
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