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Obama on 'Daily Show': 'Yes we can, but...'

By Matt DeLong

With "The Daily Show" in town all week, host Jon Stewart welcomed President Obama on Wednesday night -- the first time a sitting president has sat down for an interview on the program. To mark the occasion, Stewart opted to forgo the show's trademark fake news segments and spent the entire half-hour interviewing the president.

Stewart frequently voiced the concerns of many of Obama's progressive critics who feel Obama and congressional Democrats have been "timid." At one point, Stewart asked Obama if his 2008 campaign slogan should have been, "Yes we can, under a certain set of circumstances."

Obama replied "What I would say is, 'Yes we can, but it is not going to happen overnight.' "

Watch the interview below.

Part 1:

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 1
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorRally to Restore Sanity

Part 2:

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 2
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorRally to Restore Sanity

Part 3:

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 3
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorRally to Restore Sanity

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By Matt DeLong  | October 28, 2010; 5:58 AM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  
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Comments

POTUS just doesn't get that the Health Care Plan he ALLOWED Pelosi & Co. to write is not accepted by close to two-thirds of those surveyed. He got elected on "Hope & Change". Well, I for one, Hope the Nov 2 election Changes the balance of power and more importantly, I hope this is a one term president. Personally, I think EVERYONE in office should be voted out and let's see if we can find representatives who can "play nice together".

Posted by: Voiceofsanity2 | October 31, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

What people don't get is that Obama is a manager not a salesperson. He won't tell you just what you want to hear or toot his own horn.
He has accomplished a lot and deserves a chance to do more. Heck we deserve a chance for him to make things better.

Posted by: DCreamer1 | October 30, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

With friends like Stewart, who needs the Republicans?

Posted by: Indi1 | October 28, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Well all I can say is thank goodness for the filibuster...judging by Obama's track record thus far I shudder at the thought of what laws have actually been PREVENTED from passing.

Posted by: hmg5308 | October 28, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

What's the big deal. This was just another chance for Obama to repeat the same old rhetoric, make more excuses, more flip-flopping. Much ado about nothing.

Posted by: ohioan | October 28, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

What's the big deal. This was just another chance for Obama to repeat the same old rhetoric, make more excuses, more flip-flopping. Much ado about nothing.

Posted by: ohioan | October 28, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

To mark the occasion, Stewart opted to forgo the show's trademark fake news segments and spent the entire half-hour interviewing the biggest fake...'the clown in cheif' obama lama ding dong.

Posted by: JWx2 | October 28, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

"dude" ?????

Even if it is Obama, he's still the President of the USA!

Posted by: dittosrush | October 28, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

"dude" ?????

Even if it is Obama, he's still the President of the USA!

Posted by: dittosrush | October 28, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

"dude" ?????

Even if it is Obama, he's still the President of the USA!

Posted by: dittosrush | October 28, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

First they took our Paychecks, Then Our Homes, What Next?

http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/11/galbraith-social-security-middle-class

Americans wake up to what is going on. No more carrying the tax burden, while GOP let wealthy and corporations get away with Paying No taxes or very little. That is why we have such a high tax burden. No more saying Nay to not investing in America, which creates Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, while our jobs go to China and India. Realize that less Government, means No Regulations and no one to get in the way of their fraudulent schemes! Say no the Party of No on November 2nd! And, if you do not vote, and you lose Social Security benefits because of privatization or if Unemployment Benefits are put on Freeze, or more jobs shipped overseas, and all you get in Congress is Gridlock and Fillibusters, so that nothing can get accomplished, then there is no one to blame but yourself!

Posted by: wdsoulplane | October 28, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

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