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 doesn’t 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 president’s 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.”
It'’s telling 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 (I’m 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 have it.Obama has disgraced himself and has mocked, once again, the honorable seat as president. He behaves more like a movie star than as the Commander in Chief. I am so ashamed of how he is representing himself to the whole world. He is a joke.