President Obama: Jon Stewart ‘Cannot Leave’ ‘The Daily Show’

President Obama made his final appearance during Jon Stewart’s reign as host of “The Daily Show” on Tuesday, joking with the Comedy Central pundit that he would issue an executive order to prevent him from leaving the show on Aug. 6.

“I can’t believe you’re leaving before me,” Obama told Stewart, according to a pool report. “I’m going to issue an executive order. Jon Stewart cannot leave the show. It’s being challenged in courts.”

Stewart countered during the half-hour interview that “to me, this is a state’s rights issue.”

Joking aside, Obama spent a large part of his time on the show talking about the nuclear deal with Iran. He said that critics seem to believe “if you had brought Dick Cheney to the negotiations, everything would be fine.”

Obama said that, although Iran would continue to be a problem in the region, “we have taken off the table what would be a catastrophic problem if they got a weapon.”

He also defended the deal by comparing it to the standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union, culminating in arms agreements in the 1980s.

“That posed a much greater threat, and we actually had to give something up,” Obama said. “In this situation, we’re not giving anything up.”

Stewart also asked Obama about media coverage.

“The media are a bunch of different medias,” Obama said. “Some get on my nerves more than others.”

He said that “what I’m most concerned about is not that it’s unfair or too tough on government … but that it gets distracted by shiny objects and doesn’t always focus on the big choices and tough decisions.”

Obama said that the White House was “way too slow” in re-engineering the press office so that it could have “more unconventional” interactions with media, like his appearances on “The Daily Show” or, last week, on HBO’s “Vice.”

He said that with the “balkanization” of the media, “it’s hard for us to get one conversation.”

“How do we join together in common conversation around something other than the Super Bowl?,” Obama asked.

The appearance on “The Daily Show” was Obama’s third as president and seventh overall.

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  1. NAKLLRZ says:

    GMO labeling?? Why is this a problem? Congress passed the Act which makes it illegal for states to pass laws requiring the labeling of Genetically Modified Food.

    What does that say about who owns Congress?

  2. Ima Right says:

    Stewart’s watchers are the same dope brainwashed liberals who watch MSNBC and the rest of the
    phony bias media who report nothing but the fantasy and lies of the left wing demoncrap party!

  3. pollybennett says:

    Great video, but your closed captioning is inaccurate and needs a lot of improvement.

  4. juliagray19 says:

    As a 9/11 survivor working at Target #4 as a secretary of Capitol Hill, his post-9/11 monologue gave me hope that in spite of the Hell we were going through that our democracy would survive. That is the biggest amount of gratitude I can muster.

  5. juliagray19 says:

    Look, I know a lot of powers that be in Hollywood read Variety–people on the Emmys, so this is how I feel about Stewart’s departure. This is how I felt about him as a teacher and as a fan. Fans need to form a human shield to prevent Jon Stewart from retiring! I cannot visualize dealing with the War on Terror without this man! He is a rare island of sanity in the muck of modern day punditry. It’s a big loss to Social Studies teachers like me who incorporated the Daily Show in our classrooms every week so that students would understand current events in a more entertaining and thoughtful way than most adults. He earned those Peabodys. He earned those 10 Emmys. Can the powers that be give him some special award for his contribution to education through the arts? Please? His mom was a teacher. I saw his book America (the Book) turn shy, non-typical social studies-oriented kids enroll in AP Government! Kids who never thought that much about the topic, but they made such a great book that they used humor to trick those kids into learning. The powers that be at Comedy Center made a wise choice by letting him have creative control. The creative control was what made The Daily Show have a gap so vast between all the other network late night shows there was no contest at the Emmys. He encouraged his correspondents to have political courage, something Colbert was never asked to do before. He launched a lot of careers. A lot of comedians worship at the shrine of Johnny Carson, but not me. Viewing his show resonated with me. He was kind of the Jack Parr of the 21st Century with some Lenny Bruce thrown in there.

    • This post is one of the scariest things I’ve ever read online. A SOCIAL STUDIES teacher using a comedy program with a completely biased, leftist point of view as a study aid? What a great way to sum up everything that’s wrong in 2015. Get out of the Hollywood bubble sometime and see what the rest of the country is like.

      • Ima Right says:

        awards given to him by other liberal dopes in the media! he didn’t earn nothing! he’s a no talent hack!

      • Julia doesn’t say that she used the book as a study aid. Rather, that the kids read it, and it sparked their interest in social studies. Your post is actually what’s wrong with the country. You assume the only books kids read are the ones assigned to them, that reading on one’s own is unfathomable.

    • Jose Roth says:

      Using “The Daily Show” as a study aid. Good grief.

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