President Obama on Daily Show

Video of President Obama on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart.

President Obama appeared on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart last night.   He stayed so long that they had to change the format:

The interview went longer than Mr. Stewart expected – so long, in fact, that the show’s producers decided to cut out the original introduction Mr. Stewart taped, which include a riff of him fiddling with a pen and drumming his fingers on the table while making the president wait, and his introduction of Mr. Obama as “White House chairman of the council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee’s boss.” A spokeswoman for the show said it was the first time the show consisted of a single interview.

Late-night television has come a long way since Bill Clinton, then a presidential candidate, played his saxophone for Arsenio Hall during his campaign for the White House in 1992. The lines between entertainment and news are increasingly blurred – in part because Mr. Obama has been willing to bring his presidential platform to settings his predecessors might have regarded as unconventional, to say the least.

Last, year, Mr. Obama became the first sitting president to appear on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. Over the summer, he dished with Whoopi Goldberg and other doyennes of daytime television on ABC’s “The View.” (“I wanted to pick a show that Michelle actually watches,” he told them.)

Part 1:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 1
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

Part 2:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 2
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

Part 3:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 3
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

Normally, when an interview runs long, they just put it on the Web and tell everyone they can finish watching it there.  But the guest isn’t usually the sitting POTUS.

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  1. Andy says:


    All three embedded videos are part 1.

    Fixed! – jhj

  2. john personna says:

    Yves Smith didn’t like it:

    I’m so offended by the latest Obama canard, that the financial crisis of 2007-2008 cost less than 1% of GDP, that I barely know where to begin. Not only does this Administration lie on a routine basis, it doesn’t even bother to tell credible lies. .And this one came directly from the top, not via minions. It’s not that this misrepresentation is earth-shaking, but that it epitomizes why the Obama Administration is well on its way to being an abject failure.

    I guess I’ll watch it on the evening repeat

  3. JKB says:

    “The two toughest years…of anytime since the great depression” (2:50 in part 1)

    That’s what we need a president with a firm grasp of reality and history. Here’s the funny part, the Great Depression was the last time bubble-headed “progressives” had free reign to impose their foolish economic ideas.

  4. john personna says:

    JKB, it is factually true by many metrics, for instance the Civilian Employment Ratio:

    Worst Downturn since the Great Depression

    We can disagree on interpretations, but facts are facts.

  5. john personna says:
  6. JKB says:

    And just like the Great Depression, a sharp painful financial adjustment has be prolonged by foolish government policies designed to impede the needed correction. And interesting that they chose this worst financial crisis to abandon policies that have worked time and again since the Great Depression and return to those that failed during the 1929 financial crisis and helped prolong the depression.

    But the worst financial crisis or the deepest unemployment are not the toughest times since the great depression. But I’ll stipulate that Obama was trying to placate the young and the dumb so such comments are likely valuable when trying to manipulate those with such limited life experiences.

  7. john personna says:

    Goalposts moved, noted.

  8. mantis says:

    Nice to see you again, President Hoover.