4:16 pm Oct. 18, 2012
President Obama is currently taping an episode of "The Daily Show" to air tonight, and the pool reporter, David Nakamura of the Washington Post, very helpfully included links to his five previous appearances on the show.
The last one was in 2010; there were two in 2008 and one in 2007. And there was one way back in 2005, when Obama was new enough to the Senate that Jon Stewart jokes with him about hazing rituals. (The punchline is that he sometimes has to stand between Harry Reid and Bill Frist.)
Even then, Obama was using metaphors about poor driving and dealing with the burden of dreams.
Asked a question about if he was in charge of the Iraq War--which seemed totally hypothetical then to everyone except perhaps Obama--the junior senator from Illinois said: "Iraq is sort of a situation where you have a guy who drove the bus into the ditch. You know, obviously you have to get the bus out of the ditch and that's not easy to do, but you should probably fire the driver."
Stewart also asked if there were any senators he really couldn't stand. Obama considered it for a minute and, of course, declined to name anyone.
"There are a couple guys where you think, 'How did you get here?'" he said.
"Do you feel pressure, senator?" Stewart asks him toward the end. "You come in with an awful lot of hopes and dreams on your shoulders. A lot of people look at you as the new vanguard. Do you feel that pressure?"
"You know, I don't feel a lot of pressure," Obama responds. "I think that if I speak honestly and if I try to work hard and do the best possible job I can, then I think things will work out pretty well. It is true I worry about the hype. The only person more over-hyped than me, is you."