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Obama’s Insanity Defense

With manufactured controversies, Osama innuendo and Obamagirl, what was Barack Obama to say when Jon Stewart asked whether running for president can be insane?

“Every day it reveals itself in new ways,” he told Stewart on his first presidential campaign stop to “The Daily Show” on Wednesday night.

From the AP:

“So we’re preparing and one of my staff said, ‘The thing you’ve got to understand is, this isn’t on the level.’ And I think that really strikes to what people are frustrated with in politics, is that so much of what we talk about, so much of what we say, it’s not true, people know it’s not true, all the insiders understand that we’re just game-playing and in the meantime you’ve got these hugely serious problems, which are true.”

Noting Obama’s support among Hollywood celebrities and Oprah, Stewart said, “That just doesn’t seem good. I still remember Howard Dean in Iowa with Martin Sheen introducing him, quoting an Indian poet to a caucus group of literally AFL-CIO workers and just seeing their faces like this: ‘Huh?'”

Laughing at the comment, Obama said, “Well, look, you don’t use folks in that way. I think having Oprah’s support is wonderful. …But the truth is, in Iowa and New Hampshire, people  just want to talk to you….There’s no one who can do that job other than you.”

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