Jon Stewart has been twice summoned to the White House to meet with President Barack Obama. Is Stewart a Liberal operative, using his show as a base of operations through which to influence the minds of young people?
That notion has sprung from, though not necessarily originated with, a recent Politico "investigation." The unearthing of proof of Jon Stewart's secret meetings with President Obama wasn't really all that hard. He was right there in the visitor logs. But when you put his visits and the other events of those days together, you may see patterns.
"Jon Stewart slipped unnoticed into the White House in the midst of the October 2011 budget fight," Politico reports, "summoned to an Oval Office coffee with President Barack Obama"
— Donna Cahill (@DTCahill) August 2, 2015
"In February 2014, Obama again requested Stewart make the trip from Manhattan to the White House, this time for a midmorning visit hours before the president would go before television cameras to warn Russia that 'there will be costs' if it made any further military intervention in Ukraine."
"To engage privately with the president in his inner sanctum at two sensitive moments — previously unreported meetings that are listed in the White House visitor logs and confirmed to Politico by three former Obama aides — speaks volumes about Stewart and his reach, which goes well beyond the million or so viewers who tune in to The Daily Show on most weeknights."
This week, Jon Stewart himself twice addressed addressed the conspiracy theories about his visits to the White House.
"I went through the normal White House entrance like everyone else," Stewart told his Daily Show audience, "and I told my mom what I was doing, and then she told her friends, and then her friends were like, 'Still not a cardiologist.' But the point is this: Something is not a secret just because you don't know about it!"
Fox News reported seemingly a dozen times on Jon Stewart’s “secret” White House meetings which were in the public log.
— Glenn Fleishman (@GlennF) July 30, 2015
Stewart said he and Obama discussed the Obamacare website fiasco. Of course, "discussed' is a loose term.
"'Really? The VA [Veterans' Administration] can't be fixed any quicker or healthcare.gov can't come online without crashing my son's Minecraft game?'"
Jon Stewart wrapped by saying, "To all future presidents, if you asked me to come to Washington, I will do that. Because I have no idea how to react to that other than, 'What time?' "
— Common sense guy! (@renomarky) July 28, 2015