To steal a headline from the Huffinton Post and to quote Jon Stewart “The expectation, I think, was audacity.”
I’m a moderate who votes democrat most of the time but enjoys NYU College Republican meetings. So many of my fellow moderates and republicans complain that President Obama is a socialist, a nutty liberal…etc.
I think he ran on the left and then sprinted to the middle. I am not unrealistic. I know, to quote the president, “change doesn’t happen overnight.” I know that governing means you have to compromise. I still think he is pretty moderate.
I could not tell if Obama knew he was entering a real interview. It seemed Stewart was willing to ask tough questions but expected a more laid back interview. Often times I think it looked like the president was surprised he was being asked real questions.
However, it is important for the president to visit a show like Stewart’s. It is important for Stewart’s audience to see President Obama and hear about his views for the country. I know for a fact many young Americans use The Daily Show as their primary news source so this type of presidential outreach is important. It’s important for the public to see the president in less formal settings in order to see how he can handle himself in every type of situation. Any time we can hear the president respond to questions without the press secretary filter it is a good thing (I’m sure Obama’s advisor’s went over questions with him).
Take a look for yourself…