Barack and Jon, together again, on The Daily Show next week
First he gave an unexpected endorsement to Jon Stewart’s upcoming “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Now President Barack Obama is giving the host of the satirical talk show the ultimate television “get” — himself as a guest.
Obama will appear on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the middle of a week of special episodes taped in Washington ahead of the Nov. 2 midterm elections. It all culminates with a Saturday rally on the National Mall.
The Washington episodes – to air Oct. 25 – Oct. 28 – are called “When Grizzlies Attack: A ‘Daily Show’ Midterm Teapartyganza.” That’s a reference to the conservative Tea Party political movement and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin referring to conservative women politicians as “Mama Grizzlies.”
The Daily Show, watched by about 1.8 million people every night, is particularly popular with viewers under age 35. The appearance gives the president a chance to appeal to young voters just days before the election in which Republicans are expected to gain seats in Congress and possibly take the majority in the House of Representatives away from Obama’s Democrats. Earlier this month Obama appeared at a youth town hall that was shown live on MTV and two music television stations, CMT and BET.
“It’s a great way to appeal to a younger voter audience, and that is a big part of the president’s base,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters.
It would be Obama’s second appearance on The Daily Show, which has won consecutive Emmy awards as the best U.S. variety, music or comedy series, but his first as U.S. president.
Other political figures scheduled to appear on the show next week include Austan Goolsbee, chairman of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors and Delaware Senator Ted Kaufman.
Obama gave Stewart’s rally an unexpected endorsement last month during a meeting with voters in Virginia, which the show later played gleefully during a program.
“Jon Stewart, you know, the host of The Daily Show, apparently he’s going to host a rally called something like Americans in favor of a return to sanity, or something like that,” Obama said during the meeting at a crowded community center in Richmond.
“And his point was 70 percent of the people — it doesn’t matter what political affiliation — 70 percent of folks are just like you. They go about their business. They work hard every day. They’re looking after their families. They don’t go around calling people names. They don’t make stuff up. They may not be following every single issue, because they just don’t have time. But they are just expecting some common sense and some courtesy in how people interact. And having those voices lifted up is really important.”
The White House did not say whether Obama would make an appearance at the rally itself.
Photo credits: Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama in Boston Oct. 16), Reuters/Eric Thayer (Jon Stewart during taping of The Daily show, Aug. 26, 2008)