The Daily Show

Cheers to Jon Stewart for his truly fair and balanced interview with President Barack Obama on The Daily Show.

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In his first sitdown with a current Chief Exec, Stewart walked a fine line between respect and irreverence — and never lost sight of the Comedy in Comedy Central, even though the Prez was not in a jokey mood. Dispensing with any opening shtick, he brought Obama out immediately and let the show run several minutes longer than usual (to the dismay of some DVR users). Stewart was critical of the President and his party — "The Democrats seem to be running on 'Please, baby, one more chance' — and got Obama's ire up on more than one occasion. "You ran with such, if I may, audacity... yet legislatively it has felt timid at times," the host chided, leading his guest to respond, "This is something we have a profound disagreement on."

Still, Stewart gave Obama plenty of time to make his case — "it's just hard not to talk," the normally chatty comic conceded in the middle of one particularly protracted answer. But Jon picked his spots wisely: When Obama evoked his predecessor's ill-advised praise of FEMA chief Michael Brown while defending his own economic guru ("Larry Summers did a heckuva job"), Stewart quickly quipped, "You don't want to use that phrase, dude."

Do you think Stewart handled his summit with Obama well?

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