by the Left Coast Rebel
Why is anyone surprised that the Great Divider showed up on Jon Stewart's Daily Show? I mean, after all, he put in a stomach-churning (and defensive) MTV appearance recently. Here's video of the first segment of Obama's Daily show appearance (I confess that I do like what Stewart says at 4:20):
Surprisingly, there's a whole lot of scathing, teeth gnashing on the left in regards to Obama's Daily Show appearance, especially the "Dude" heard around the world.
You know that Obama's lost a good portion of the professional left when you see this level of (faux?) distress. An example, an attempt at noblesse oblige from Dana Milibank at WaPo:
Related: Must read by Bryan Preston over at PJM, "Your Midterm Mandate is Clear, Repulicans: Stop Obama."
On Comedy Central, the joke was on President Obama Wednesday night.
The president had come, on the eve of what will almost certainly be the loss of his governing majority, to plead his case before Jon Stewart, gatekeeper of the disillusioned left. But instead of displaying the sizzle that won him an army of youthful supporters two years ago, Obama had a Brownie moment.
The Daily Show host was giving Obama a tough time about hiring the conventional and Clintonian Larry Summers as his top economic advisor.
"In fairness," the president replied defensively, "Larry Summers did a heckuva job."
"You don't want to use that phrase, dude," Stewart recommended with a laugh.
Dude. The indignity of a comedy show host calling the commander in chief "dude" pretty well captured the moment for Obama. He was making this first-ever appearance by a president on the Daily Show as part of a long-shot effort to rekindle the spirit of '08. In the Daily Show, Obama had a friendly host and an even friendlier crowd.
But, as in his MTV appearance a couple of weeks ago, Obama didn't try to connect with his youthful audience. He was serious and defensive, pointing a finger at his host several times as he quarreled with the premise of a question.
Stewart, who struggled to suppress a laugh as Obama defended Summers, turned out to be an able inquisitor on behalf of aggrieved liberals. He spoke for the millions who had been led to believe that Obama was some sort of a messianic figure. Obama has only himself to blame for their letdown. By raising expectations impossibly high, playing the transformational figure to Hillary Clinton's status-quo drone, he gave his followers an unrealistic hope.
Discussion over at Memeorandum.