President Obama came on Jon Stewart’s Daily show on Wednesday.
This was the president’s chance to rally the youth, who typically don’t vote in midterms. Obama defended his legislative record in wonky terms. But he did not have good comebacks to Stewart’s critiques from the left.
Obama’s hair should have been on fire. He should have pointed out all the horrible things the tea party plans to do to young people. He had a chance to mobilize them around youth issues.
Instead he played it safe. I didn’t take away a single talking point that seemed to me likely to galvanize people like the students I teach.
When Bill Clinton went wonky you could still sense his passion. I got no sense of urgency or passion. I am sure he feels it. But now that he isn’t running for office himself, he just doesn’t seem able to put it on display.
A wasted opportunity. At least he will be there to veto the crazy tea party legislative agenda.
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