Obama no human laugh track on Stewart's The Daily Show

Jon Stewart, unlike so-called real journalists who grew up smoking cigarettes like Edward R. Murrow, doesn’t have to sweat credibility.
Comedians have that luxury.
But Stewart’s The Daily Show is more than just Comedy Central even though that’s its network. It’s a show where a lot of young folks go for their news. A serious statement about them as well as the state of journalism, circa 2010.
Still, the liberal Stewart knew he couldn’t just suck up to President Obama last night on his show. Nor could he resort to just jokes, smirks and burying his face in his hands.
To his credit, Stewart didn’t just go for the gags. It was hardly a sequel to Laugh-In as Obama wasn’t about to treat politics as a laughing matter six days before a midterm election that likely will render his party a national laughingstock.
While they did josh around a bit, Stewart went after Obama with what happened to that hope-and-change guy?
“You ran with such, if I may, audacity … yet legislatively it has felt timid at times,” Stewart said. “I am not even sure at times what you want out of a health care bill.”
Obama fired off a quick counter with: “Jon, I love your show” — here Stewart, as is his wont, mugged for the camera — “but this is something where I have a profound disagreement with you. This notion that health care was timid — you’ve got 30 million people that will have health insurance because of this.”
Well, as Walter Cronkite used to sign off, “That’s the way it is.”
Or perhaps Murrow’s exit line of “Good night and good luck” is more fitting.

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