With midterm elections only five days away, President Obama is doing everything he can to fire up his base.
His latest appeal to young voters came Wednesday night during an appearance on "The Daily Show."
Jon Stewart re-shot his opening segment so that the president's interview could run in its entirety, unedited. It was the first time "The Daily Show" had aired the entire interview of a guest, as well as the first time a sitting president had been a guest on the show.
The president received a warm welcome from the mostly twenty-something audience. When Stewart asked if he always enjoyed a warm welcome, Obama joked, "not at the Republican Congressional Caucus."
More than half of likely voters see the election as a referendum on President Obama. Obama used the opportunity to stand up for his record, listing his achievements while in office.
"We have done an awful lot that we talked about in the campaign...we have moved forward an agenda that has made a difference in people's lives each and every day," Obama said. He described some of his administration's accomplishments in the financial spectrum and with health care.
When he told Stewart that his administration had done some things that no one knew about, Stewart quipped: "are you planning a surprise party for us? Filled with jobs and health care?"
Obama acknowledged multiple times the frustration of many Americans, and said that change can't happen overnight. While reiterating that most of the jobs lost in the recession came before his administration put their economic policies into place, he also admitted to some of his party's mistakes.
"There are a bunch of folks who during the course of the year took really tough votes that they knew were bad politics because they thought they were the right thing to do," Obama told Stewart.
At the end of the interview, Obama asked Stewart if he could make one plug, to which Stewart asked if he was dropping an album. Obama then encouraged everyone watching to go out and vote on November 2.
Democrats are hoping people will heed the president's advice; polls show the Republicans in position to gain enough seats to take the House.
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