Evidently, President Obama has summoned Jon Stewart for private Oval Office conversations. Here is what Politico has to say about it:
Jon Stewart slipped unnoticed into the White House in the midst of the October 2011 budget fight, summoned to an Oval Office coffee with President Barack Obama that he jokingly told his escort felt like being called into the principal’s office.
In February 2014, Obama again requested Stewart make the trip from Manhattan to the White House, this time for a mid-morning visit hours before the president would go before television cameras to warn Russia that “there will be costs” if it made any further military intervention in Ukraine.
To engage privately with the president in his inner sanctum at two sensitive moments — previously unreported meetings that are listed in the White House visitor logs and confirmed to POLITICO by three former Obama aides — speaks volumes about Stewart and his reach, which goes well beyond the million or so viewers who tune into The Daily Show on most weeknights.
Love Stewart’s jokes or hate them, he has proven to be a unique voice who is capable of turning in-the-weeds policy discussions into viral video sensations that the country is still talking about the next morning.
The reason Obama summons Stewart to the Oval Office is he knows that Stewart will tell the American people what he wants them to hear. I’ve always viewed Stewart as Obama’s messenger boy and this pretty much confirms it.
All things considered, it is pretty telling that when Obama could use advice based on sobriety, he seeks the counsel of a clown.