Serious Obama defends his policies on "Daily Show"

Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:37am EDT
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By Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama targeted young voters on Wednesday with a robust defense of his policies and promises in an appearance on the popular comedy program "The Daily Show."

Obama, whose Democrats are expected to suffer big losses in Tuesday's congressional elections, was light on jokes but heavy on policy as he said it would take time to fulfill the pledges he made during the 2008 presidential campaign.

"When we promised during the campaign 'change you can believe in,' it wasn't 'change you can believe in 18 months,'" he told the host, Jon Stewart.

"It was change you can believe in but, you know what, we're going to have to work for it."

Stewart, one of the most influential comedians in the United States, pressed Obama over the gap between his promises and his accomplishments and described the White House's legislative achievements as "timid at times."

That did not sit well with a visibly frustrated president.

"Over and over again we have moved forward an agenda that is making a difference in people's lives each and every day. Now is it enough? No," Obama said.

"I expect and I think most Democrats out there expect that people want to see more progress."   Continued...

<p>U.S. President Barack Obama speaks with Jon Stewart during a break in the taping of an interview for the Daily Show in Washington, October 27, 2010. REUTERS/Jim Young</p>