The Daily Show has nabbed some pretty big guests in the past few weeks -- just a couple of weeks ago, for example, former president and recently lauded DNC speaker Bill Clinton stopped by for a rather engaging discussion with Stewart. But tonight's guest on The Daily Show is an even bigger catch: current president Barack Obama.
Tonight's episode is one stop on Obama's campaign trail in the lead-up to November's presidential election. It will be the sixth time Obama has dropped by the series, and his second time as sitting president. You can bet it's a fantastic PR opportunity for Obama to energize the liberal base that largely watches Stewart, but I wouldn't expect things to be a walk in the park for the president. Stewart will probably quite a few tough questions, because he's had some significant criticisms of the president in the past. I'm interested to hear what sort of questions are asked -- and, hopefully, we'll get the energized Obama we saw at the debate on Tuesday.
Speaking of which, you can bet Stewart will be talking with Obama about his debate performances, contrasting his more tired first debate to his active, cogent appearance in the second earlier this week.
I really wish Mitt Romney would drop by the Daily Show as well, though -- he probably views the viewership as a lost cause, but it would be a good PR move to prove his case to the younger, more independent voters who watch Stewart's show. And, despite his perceived (and admitted) leaning to the left, Stewart is a respectful and thoughtful interviewer, and one of the more skilled and rational political commentators on the air today.
But that's just my two cents -- what do you think? Will you be tuning in to President Obama's interview on the Daily Show tonight?
The Daily Show airs at 11/10c on Comedy Central.