President Obama and Jon Stewart on The Daily Show set (Roger L. Wollenberg-Pool/Getty)
With politicos, pundits, and journalists (like the staffers here at The Last Word) counting down to the election in hours rather than minutes now, both parties are pulling out all the stops to get their supporters into voting booths on Tuesday. So to that end, President Obama sat down to chat last night with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show. But instead of the issues, the candidates, the stakes, or even the Daily Show's swank D.C. set, all the talk today seems to be about Jon Stewart calling President Obama, "dude." The word came after Mr. Obama unfortunately channeled his predecessor's "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job," remark. President Obama was talking about the hiring of Larry Summers as his top economic advisor.
Jon Stewart: "I remember thinking well that seems like the exact same person and why would you ... so in some respects I get your frustration with this idea that ‘Well jeez, are you never satisfied?’ But again, the expectation I think was audacity going in there and really rooting out a corrupt system and so the sense is has reality of what hit you in the face when you first stepped in caused you to back down from some of the more visionary... like bringing a guy like Larry Summers."
Pres. Obama: "First of all ... if you look at how we have handled this financial crisis -- if you had told two years ago that we're going to be able to stabilize the system -- stabilize the stock market, stabilize the economy -- and by the way -- at the end of this thing it, will cost less than 1% of GDP... I'd say we'll take that because we saved taxpayers a whole lot of money. And in fairness, Larry Summers did a heck of a job trying to figure out how to..."
Jon Stewart: "You don't want to use that phrase, dude."
So... was it a big deal, or not?
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