Obama to Stewart: ‘It Wasn’t Change You Can Believe in, in 18-Months’

October 28, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)–President Obama reminded Jon Stewart that real change doesn’t happen overnight and certainly not in just 18-months. It took George W. Bush and Dick Cheney eight-years to trash our country, but the American people want instant solutions and instant gratification. During a first ever appearance by a sitting president on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, President Obama gently sparred, traded barbs and shared a few laughs with host Jon Stewart, who has been openly critical of Obama. The President rejected Stewart’s characterization of the historic health care reform bill as “timid,” while defending Democratic candidates who have taken politically difficult votes, whom are now distancing themselves from the White House. Stewart quipped that some Democrats are running on a platform, of “Please baby, one more chance.”

“The fact is they are a bunch of folks who during the course of this year took really tough votes that they knew were bad politics because they thought they were the right things to do,” said Obama. […]

Obama pointed out in just a short time, his administration delivered on many of his campaign promises, even while dealing with a financial meltdown and two wars.

“That’s what we ran on that’s what we delivered and my hope is that those people are rewarded for taking those tough votes and if they are I think Democrats will do fine on election day,” Obama said.

Regarding Stewart’s “timid” remarks, Obama defended the framework and the content of health care reform, comparing it to previous landmark legislation, such as Social Security and Medicaid.

“John, I love your show, but this is something where I have a profound disagreement with you,” Obama said. “This notion that health care was timid.”

“This is what most people would say is as significant a piece of legislation as we have seen in this country’s history,” Obama said. “What happens is it gets discounted because [the] assumption is we didn’t get 100 percent of what we wanted, we only get 90 percent of what we wanted — so let’s focus on the 10 percent we didn’t get.”

And for the kicker: “Right now there is a woman in New Hampshire who doesn’t have to sell her house to get her cancer treatments because of that health care bill. And she doesn’t think it’s inconsequential, She doesn’t think it’s timid,” added Obama.

Responding to Stewart’s point that insurance companies are still corrupt.

“If the point Jon is that overnight we did not transform the health care system that point is true. When we promised during the campaign change you can believe in, it wasn’t change you can believe in in 18-months. It was change you can believe in but you know what we’re going to have to work for it.—Look, when Social Security was passed it applied to widows and orphans and it was a very restricted program And over time that structure that was built, ended up developing into the most important social safety net we have in our country.

President Obama has achieved more in 18-months than most presidents have achieved in eight-years. But the unemployment rate still hovers near 10 percent and the economy continues to sputter along. With so many Americans suffering, they will vote for a change in leadership, even lunatic tea party leadership.

“I would say yes we can — but it’s not going to happen overnight,” said Obama.

You can watch the full interview here.


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