President Barack Obama jested about the rise of Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate whose outspoken remarks have been the center of controversy, during a taping of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Tuesday.
When asked if he had any advice “to bequeath to future President Trump,” Obama said that he was sure that “Republicans are enjoying Mr. Trump’s dominance.”
In return, Stewart commented, “Anything that makes them look less crazy.”
In a recent poll from ABC News/Washington Post, Trump was found leading the pack with support from 24 percent of Republican registered voters. Trailing Trump are rivals Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (13 percent support) and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (12 percent support).
It was Obama’s last appearance on the Tonight Show before the host and comedian steps down from his post in August.
“I can’t believe you’re leaving before me,” Obama said. “In fact, I’m issuing a new executive order that Jon Stewart cannot leave the show.”
“It’s being challenged in the courts,” the president jestingly said.
Obama said that while he was happy with the work he’s done, there’s “a bunch of other things we want to get done” in the closing period in his office. He said that after serving as president for six and a half years, “I finally know what I’m doing.”
Stewart questioned the president on several issues, including the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran.
“I do think the work we did early starts bearing fruit later,” Obama spoke on the Iran deal.
“It just so happens that people are seeing the work we did when we first came in — so Iran … [it] took four or five years to get them to the table,” he said, as reported by NBC News.
Another issue discussed was the long waiting lists of veterans to receive treatment from VA hospitals, to which the president admitted that it is “entirely fair” to say he was not able to reform the VA medical system in the five-year timetable.
“The situation with VA has always been we make a promise, but too often it’s under-resourced,” Obama said.
Asked about what he felt about the media, Obama openly spoke that there are “some that get on my nerves more than others.”
He also said that the media “gets distracted by shiny objects” and that it is challenging to make them focus on the more important day to day issues.
“Part of that is just the changing nature of technology. It’s hard to do an hour-long special on ‘The Other America,’ let’s say, or some of the other classic documentaries done a long time ago,” Obama said. “On big tough issues sometimes it’s hard to get entire nation’s attention, but part of my job and part of the job of the White House is, how do we adapt to the new environment?”
He also spoke about his accomplishments, while also accepting that certain issues have not been resolved.
“One of the things I’m proud of, and this is not just me, is that we have looked at a whole slew of problems when we came into office and we said, ‘where can we advance the ball down the field each and every time across the board?’ And we don’t always score a touchdown every time, but we move the ball forward,” Obama said.
Segments of the show that were edited out from the 30-minute broadcast were posted the same night on the “Daily Show” website.
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