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I posted the Taiwanimation of Stewart and Colbert’s upcoming rally the other day saying “I liked the Stewart/Obama mutual back scratch sequence, and can’t wait to see how The Daily Show responds.”. Thought I should close the loop with the opening to last night’s show. Stewart didn’t disappoint.

As regards the interview itself, I thought it was more enlightening than most “real news” interviews I’ve seen. Full interview linked here. Some reactions…

Taylor Marsh:

Talking with Jon Stewart last night, Pres. Obama didn’t say the words “unemployment” and “jobs” until around 27 minutes into the program. He even invoked Larry Summers, saying “Larry Summers did a heckava job,” which brought a wry smile from Stewart with the retort, “You don’t wanna use that phrase, dude.” Obama seemed to pause to recalculate, then said “pun intended.” But clearly it wasn’t.”

Dana Millbanks:

Obama wore a displeased grin as Stewart diagnosed, with high accuracy, the administration’s condition: “The expectation, I think, was audacity going in there and really rooting out a corrupt system, and so the sense is, has [the] reality of what hit you in the face when you first stepped in caused you to back down from some of the more visionary things?”

“My attitude is if we’re making progress, step by step, inch by inch, day by day,” Obama said, “that we are being true to the spirit of that campaign.”

“You wouldn’t say you’d run this time as a pragmatist? It wouldn’t be, ‘Yes we can, given certain conditions?'”

“I think what I would say is yes we can, but — ”

Stewart, and the audience, laughed at the “but.” Obama didn’t laugh. “But it’s not going to happen overnight,” he finished.

Try shouting that slogan at a campaign rally, dude.

It was an entertaining give and take. As is often the case these days, the harshest post-mortem criticism of the Presidential performance seemed to come from the left.

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