We’ll find out tonight when the election returns start rolling in, but it’s not looking good. Last week, Jon Stewart turned over an entire Daily Show to President Obama. We were so excited, we all stayed up late to watch, but it left me shaking my head like my ears were full of mites.
The White House wishfully declared Obama’s appearance a success the next day.
In case you missed it, here’s the full episode.
I doubt Jon Stewart expected Obama to remain firmly behind his mental podium, and probably envisioned a pithy exchange of ideas, in down-to-earth language sprinkled with humor, that would re-energize Obama’s youthful base so they’d turn out in force and help him keep his Democratic majority in Congress.
Instead, Stewart got 30 minutes of Obama reciting the laundry list of his (sometimes dubious) accomplishments over the past two years that we’re all sick of hearing.
Obama evaded Stewart’s repeated attempts to get him to lighten up, to the point of sidestepping right into some Bush-vintage doo-doo by claiming economic advisor Larry Summers is doing “a heck of a job.”
Stewart pounced the unfortunate phraseology, but you had to wonder why it was in Obama’s head in the first place. Columnist Kathleen Parker had an interesting take on tha moment.
Stewart told Obama his term so far seems “timid.” That’s exactly what I would call his Daily Show appearance. He had the audacity to show up, but once there, he entrenched himself deep in campaign mode, talking at — rather than to — voters and not saying much of anything.