President Barack Obama will be making an appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Oct. 27, according to Business Week and the White House Press Secretary. Robert Gibbs agreed with a reporter’s question about recent appearances Obama has made on behalf of Democrats to help get voters to the polls.
The taping of “The Daily Show” is “absolutely” part of Obama’s strategy to have more Democratic voters show up at polling places on Tuesday. Gibbs said that the President is going to “make his case” to voters when he’s interviewed by Stewart. The show with Obama will air on Wednesday night on Comedy Central.
Obama’s visit to Stewart’s New York studio isn’t the first time a sitting president has made rounds to talk shows. See how Obama’s new visit stacks up to these other shows that have hosted the Commander-in-Chief.
President Obama on “The View”
In the summer of 2010, President Obama stopped by to have a chat with the ladies of “The View.” Obama had visited the set a few times before he was elected, but this was the first time he came by after he became president according to NPR.
The hosts of the show were excited to talk to the President. Obama was in the midst of the Shirley Sherrod firing debacle when he made his appearance. Sherrod was on “The View” a week before his appearance.
President and Laura Bush on “Dr. Phil”
In 2004, the presidential campaign was in full swing when Dr. Phil McGraw stopped by the Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. Dr. Phil spoke to the First Couple about child rearing, according to People magazine. The Bush twins were the main subject, from how they were raised as younger children to how the presidential parents treat them as adults.
John Kerry and his wife made a house call to Dr. Phil a week later. Bush and Kerry debated nationally soon afterward.
Bill Clinton Plays the Saxophone
Even though it was before Bill Clinton became president in 1992, his saxophone playing on “The Arsenio Hall Show” made headlines. Never before had a political figure showed off his talent so well. Clinton also played the sax at several inauguration parties.
One fan of Clinton’s liked his playing so much he made a sculpture of Clinton playing his saxophone. The sculpture now belongs to the National Archives.
Politics as Usual
Obama’s appearance on “The Daily Show” is all about the election. Very few times have presidents shown up on talk shows without an election at stake. Obama will surely make a statement toward Democrats and maybe independent voters to get out and vote on Nov. 2.
Clinton and Bush both showed up to garner votes. Obama will be doing the same thing as his predecessors — entertaining and politicking.
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Silverman, Stephen M., “President Bush Gets Cozy with Dr. Phil”, People magazine.
National Archives, “Tokens and Treasures-William J. Clinton”, archives.gov.