Thursday night, after attending the Al Smith Dinner, President Obama‘s interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show aired, and the President promised his administration will not amend the constitution to restrict rights of gay and lesbian couples– which Mitt Romney has signed a pledge to do.
“I do think that part of the president’s job is not only moving forward on things that will work but preventing things that won’t work. So, you want a president in the Oval Office who won’t say, for the first time, no, we’re not going to amend our constitution to restrict rights for gay and lesbian couples.”
Stewart grilled President Obama on a wide variety of topics, starting with asking him if his strongest case for winning is because he’s so good or because Romney’s so bad.
“Stewart asked Obama if he has a stronger case for his own reelection or against Romney’s election,” Josh Feldman at Mediaite wrote. “Obama claimed he has an equally strong case on both. He brought up his administration’s accomplishments on health care reform and foreign policy, saying that he has had victories in both social and economic policy, and emphasized the importance of creating jobs and building new technologies in the United States.”
In the second part of the interview, Stewart asked the president if he has changed his belief from four years ago that the U.S. cannot sacrifice its most important ideals in the name of national security. Obama emphasized that he wants to work on closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay and reign in the power of the presidency, but acknowledged that there are still “tough calls” to make as president.
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