Obama's Daily Show appearance with Jon Stewart declared "a success"

So says that purveyor of all things true and factual, Robert Gibbs:

The White House on Thursday declared President Obama’s interview with Jon Stewart “a success,” though others have questioned whether the appearance may have backfired.

At his daily briefing, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs faced more questions about the president’s “Daily Show” interview than any other topic. He defended the White House’s decision to schedule it, repeating that it was a way of speaking directly to voters who may not watch traditional news outlets.

Gibbs also said they expected the tough line of questioning.

 “I think Jon Stewart is about as good an interviewer as there is in the public domain,” Gibbs said. “We didn’t walk into that interview thinking we were going to be asked a list of softball questions.”

Stewart peppered Obama with questions about “timid” legislation he had passed, and whether he had failed to live up to the promise of change that was at the heart of his 2008 campaign.

Reviews of Obama’s appearance have been tough. A Washington Post columnist declared that “the joke was on President Obama,” an assessment eagerly circulated by Republican officials.

I’d like to change the Washington Post’s assessment slightly to make it more accurate.

The joke is President Obama.

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