President Obama made an appearance Wednesday night on Jon
Stewart's "The Daily Show," and
diminished the presidency while doing it, a feat he seems to accomplish on
virtually a daily basis.
The president of the United States on a comedy show. And
Karl Rove thinks Sarah Palin is the one who doesnt have the gravitas to sit in the Oval Office!
The president got testy with Stewart over the health care
bill, at one point leaning forward and jabbing the table with a frown on his
face. He defended the disaster his time in office has been by saying when we
were talking about change you can
believe in, we weren't
talking about change you can believe in in 18 months.
The lowest point of the interview - and I would submit
one of the lowest points in the history of the presidency - came during an
exchange with Stewart over Larry Summers. Despite the criticism he received,
the president said Summers did a
heck of a job, the same phrase President Bush used in praising the hapless
head of FEMA during Katrina, Mike Brown (heck of a job, Brownie).
As soon as the phrase was out of the presidents mouth, the audience began to
laugh, and Stewart began to cackle. He interrupted the president of the United
States, and called him Dude in
the process. You don't want to use that phrase, Dude.
that Stewart saw nothing inappropriate in calling Obama Dude to his face.
This indicates Stewart's lack of respect for the office and for Obama personally (Im
trying to picture someone calling George Washington dude and I can't do it),
and worse, is evidence that Obama has so lowered himself and his office
that Stewart didn't have to think
twice about doing it.
Americans want and need someone who looks and acts
presidential. Right now, they don't
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