The Daily Show is broadcasting from Washington, D.C. all week, and last night President Obama made his first appearance on the show since he won the election. Television critics seem generally disappointed with the interview; Hank Stuever at the Washington Post gripes, "Two men, brimming with mutual regard, each of them funny in his own way, but managing to not be very funny together for the show’s entire 22 minutes." You know, we're okay with the Commander in Chief not being a funnyman; that's Biden's job. But although Obama got wonky and long-winded (by TV interview standards), there were still some good chuckles.

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Stewart started off the interview by asking, "Are we the people we were waiting for, or does it turn out those people are still out there? And we don't have their number?" Obama replied that he's feeling great about where the American people are considering what we've gone through (i.e. the financial crisis). Later, when Obama said that economic adviser Lawrence Summers has done a "heckuva" job, Stewart interrupted him to point out, "You don't want to use that phrase, dude."

Stewart also asked if Obama's slogan should have been, "Yes, we can—but..." Obama answered, "My attitude is [that] if we're making progress step by step, inch by inch, day by day, that we are being true to the spirit of that campaign. What I would say is, 'Yes, we can,' but it is not going to happen overnight... We have done an awful lot. We have done things that people don't even know about," the president said mysteriously. "What have you done that people don't know about?" asked Stewart. "Are you planning a surprise party for us, filled with jobs and health care?"

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Later Obama said, "If the point is that we didn't improve the health care system overnight, that point is true." Stewart laughed agreeably and said, "Well, when you put it that way, it sounds so petty!" Daily News critic David Hinckley said, "Obama played the serious guy on the funny network and he handled himself smoothly," but criticized Stewart for being too nice. "The only other way [Obama] could have gotten this much unconditional love was to take his dog Bo for a walk."

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