Politico’s Kiki Ryan and CBS News’s Christine Delargy
Reading a novel in the rain.
In a wide-ranging interview with President Obama this afternoon in downtown Washington, Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show, mixed it up with POTUS, who said things like, “I love your show, but…” and “Yes we can, but…not overnight.” Obama said he didn’t want to lump Stewart in with other pundits, but then did just that. Stewart countered that he didn’t want to lump Obama in with past presidents. Other than that, it was polite handshakes and laughter and a bit where Stewart pretended to pour his water into Obama’s coffee cup. Obama pushed the cup away.
The good news: We made it into The Daily Show taping in Washington this afternoon, surviving four hours in a long line in the pounding rain. This, amid brutish Daily Show handlers who periodically stormed the crowd and barked orders. On a happier note, we got to be there for an entertaining pre-and-post-show questioning of Stewart and interview with Obama.
And the bad news: We were forbidden from taking pictures of the set or anything beyond a lobby of guests (which we sneaked) because we were threatened within an inch of our lives (sure, a slight exaggeration) by handlers dressed in varying hues of purple. Elaborating on the above, they bitched rules at us all afternoon as we tried to contain our inner chill from the relentless rain. “Line up by numbers! one ordered. Another: “Electronics off!” When one guest asked about the numbers, a purple-hued handler snapped, “You let us worry about that!” Up until seconds before making it inside, all bets were off as to whether we’d actually get in. “The blue and green tickets are the same,” one handler we dubbed “Grimace” announced. When one attendee in line jokingly questioned her, she joked back, “Don’t make me stab you.” Some 200 sad souls behind us in line didn’t make it in despite waiting for many hours alongside us. And that, with many spare seats in the Harman Center for the Arts balcony.
A special note of thanks to…former Time scribe Tim Burger for the vanilla latte and coffee mid downpour.
Getting warmed up…