July 21, 2015 - Barack Obama

  • 07/21/2015

President Barack Obama sits down with Jon one last time to discuss senioritis, his relationship with the media and how to engage young people in public service.

>> Jon: WELCOME.NICE TO SEE YOU.

WELCOME TO THE DAILY SHOW.

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

WE GOT A BIG SHOW FOR YOUTONIGHT BUT I WOULD LIKE TO

BEGIN IT BY RECITING MY HAFTORAH[LAUGHTER]

29 MINUTES LONG BUT IT GETSCOOKING AROUND MINUTE 17.

I'M NOT GOING TO SCREW AROUNDTONIGHT AS SOMEONE REMINDED ME

IN THE AUDIENCE TONIGHT --OBAMA![LAUGHTER]

APPARENTLY IF I UNDERSTAND ITCORRECTLY, NO ONE'S INTERESTED

IN MY [BLEEP] TONIGHT. SO LET'SJUST GET TO IT. FOR GOD SAKES,

I'M SURE THERE'S A FUNDRAISERHE'S GOT TO BE AT

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE 44THPRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THEPROGRAM PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA.

[CROWD CHEERING]>> THANK YOU.

[CROWD CHEERING]>> THANK YOU.

>> Jon: YOU KNOW, I AM AMAZEDAND HUMBLED EVERY TIME I COMEOUT

HERE AND GET THAT OVATION.

I'M JUST HAPPY YOU WERE HERE TOWITNESS IT.

[LAUGHTER]WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO.

HOW ARE YOU?

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE NOW? YOU HAVESENIORITUS, RIGHT?

WHAT DO YOU HAVE LEFT, ABOUT AYEAR.

>> YOU KNOW, I CAN'T BELIEVETHAT YOU'RE LEAVING BEFORE ME.

[LAUGHTER]IN FACT, I'M ISSUING A NEW

EXECUTIVE ORDER.

THAT JON STEWART CANNOT LEAVETHE SHOW.

[LAUGHTER][APPLAUSE]

IT'S BEING CHALLENGED IN THECOURTS.

>> Jon: YES.

I HAVE TO SAY FOR ME, THIS IS ASTATES RIGHT ISSUE.

THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT YOUSHOULD BE ... WHAT ARE YOU

GOING, YOU KNOW, YOU ARE RUNNINGOUT OF TIME.

>> I'M NOT RUNNING. CAN I BECLEAR ABOUT THAT?

>> Jon: BUT YOU DON'T HAVETHAT MUCH TIME TO TAKE AWAY

AMERICANS GUNS AND DECLAREMARSHALL LAW AND PUT HARD

WORKING AMERICANS IN FEMA CAMPS.

IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO THAT, YOUBETTER GET STARTED.

ARE YOU FEELING, YOU KNOWTHERE'S AN EBB AND FLOW TO EVERY

ADMINISTRATION, TO EVERYPRESIDENT.

IT APPEARS THAT YOU'RE FEELINGIT A LITTLE BIT RIGHT NOW.

YOU'VE GOT THIS DEAL WITH IRANWORKED OUT.

YOU'VE GOT YOUR FAST TRACKAUTHORITY.

ARE YOU FEELING LIKE SEVEN YEARSIN WHATEVER.

>> I FINALLY KNOW WHAT I'MDOING.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: I'M FIGURING THIS

THING OUT, IS THAT HOW YOU'RE...

>> THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT YOU GETBETTER AS YOU GO ALONG.

IT'S LIKE ANY OTHER JOB.

YOU GET MORE EXPERIENCE.

BUT WHAT I DO THINK HAS HAPPENEDIS THAT A LOT OF THE WORK WE DID

EARLY STARTS BEARING FRUITLATER.

AND IT JUST SO HAPPENED OVER THELAST COUPLE MONTHS THAT PEOPLE

ARE SEEING SOME OF THE WORK THATWE STARTED WAY BACK WHEN I FIRST

CAME IN.

SO IRAN FOR EXAMPLE, WE PUTTHOSE SANCTIONS IN AND

METHODICALLY BUILT PRESSURE OVERIRAN OVER THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE

YEARS TO GET THEM TO THE TABLETO NEGOTIATE.

AND BECAUSE OF THE GREAT WORK OFOUR TEAM, JOHN KERRY AND

SECRETARY ERNIE MONIZ WHOHAPPENED TO BE AN MIT PHYSICIST,

DID SOMETHING MORE THAN I DID.

>> Jon: HE EXPLAINED A LOT OFTHE INTRICACIES.

>> SO IT FINALLY COMES TOFRUITION.

BUT IT REPRESENTS A LOT OF WORK.

THE SAME IS TRUE WHEN IT COMESTO SOMETHING LIKE HEALTHCARE.

OBVIOUSLY WE'VE BEEN THROUGH ALLKINDS OF UPS AND DOWNS AND

KNOCKS, FIGHTS.

WHEN THE SUPREME COURT FINALLYSAYS I THINK DEFINITIVELY WE CAN

MOVE FORWARD ON THIS WITH A LOTOF EUPHORIA BUT WE'D ALREADY GOT

16 MILLION PEOPLE HEALTHINSURANCE THAT DIDN'T HAVE IT

BEFORE. THAT REALLY WAS ACONSEQUENCE OF THE WORK THAT WE

DID.[APPLAUSE]

SO THE WAY I'M FEELING RIGHT NOWIS I'VE GOT 18 MONTHS.

THERE ARE A BUNCH OF OTHERTHINGS THAT WE WANT TO GET DONE.

SOME OF THEM WE GOT STARTEDEARLY.

CLIMATE CHANGE IS A GOOD EXAMPLEWHERE WE DOUBLE FUEL EFFICIENCY

STANDARDS ON CARS, INCREASEDSOLAR POWER BY 20 TIMES.

AND NOW WE'VE GOT A PARISCONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE

COMING UP LATER THIS YEAR.

AND IF WE CAN GET CHINA ANDINDIA AND SOME OF THE OTHER BIG

COUNTRIES TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHATWE'VE ALREADY DONE.

AND FINALLY GET SOMETHING GLOBALAND START ADDRESSING WHAT IS

GOING TO BE -- BASICALLY.

>> Jon: LET ME ASK YOU AQUESTION ABOUT IRAN.

WHOSE TEAM ARE WE ON? IN THEMIDDLE EAST. BECAUSE I

KNOW WE'RE FIGHTING WITH IRAQISTO DEFEAT ISIS ALONG WITH IRAN

BUT IN YEMEN WE'RE FIGHTINGIRAN

WITH IRAQIS AND SAUDIS.

>> THAT'S NOT QUITE RIGHT, BUTTHAT'S OK

>> WHO ARE WE BOMBING?>> RIGHT NOW WE'RE GOING AFTER

ISIL AND WE'VE GOT A 60 COUNTRYCOALITION AND THAT'S OUR TOP

PRIORITY.

BUT WITH RESPECT TO IRAN.

THEY'RE AN ADVERSARY.ANTI-AMERICAN, ANTI-ISRAEL,

ANTI-SEMETIC, THEY SPONSORTERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS

LIKE HEZBOLLAH.>> SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD PARNTER

FOR PEACE>> AS HAS BEEN SAID FREQUENTLY,

YOU DON'T MAKE PEACE WITH YOURFRIENDS.

SO THE ISSUE HERE IS DO WE WANTTHEM HAVING A NUCLEAR WEAPON AND

THE ANSWER IS NO.

THE QUESTION IS WHAT'S THE BESTWAY TO DO THAT.

AND THE DEAL WE PUT TOGETHER ICAN SAY THAT IRAN WILL NOT BE

ABLE TO GET A NUCLEAR WEAPON.

WE CUT OFF THE FOUR MAJORPATHWAYS FOR GETTING A NUCLEAR

WEAPON.

WE HAVE INTERNATIONAL UNANIMITYAROUND AN INSPECTION REGIME AND

A VERIFICATION REGIME THAT ISUNPRECEDENTED.

WE'VE GOT MECHANISMS IN PLACE TOMAKE SURE IF THEY'RE CHEATING,

NOT ONLY DO WE ARE MUCH MORELIKELY TO CATCH THEM BUT WE CAN

ALSO IMMEDIATELY PUT BACK THESANCTIONS THAT WE'VE GOT.

AND WHEN YOU HEAR THE CRITICSTALK ABOUT WELL IT'S A BAD YEAR,

WE COULD HAVE GOT A BETTER DEAL,YOU THEN ASK THEM WELL WHAT

REPRESENTS A BETTER DEAL.

WHAT IS IT THAT YOU THINK COULDHAPPEN.

TYPICALLY THEY ARE VAGUE ANDTHEY FALL BACK ON WELL IF YOU

BEAT YOUR CHEST A LITTLE BITMORE.

OR IF YOU BROUGHT DICK CHENEY TOTHE NEGOTIATIONS.

>> Jon: LET'S NOT GET CRAZY.

>> EVERYTHING WOULD BE FINE.

>> Jon: BUT IT SEEMS TO MEOUR STRATEGIES HAVE BEEN WE'VE

TRIED INVADING A COUNTRY,THROWING A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF

MONEY IN TRAINING AT THEIR ARMY,BEING 100,000 TROOPS BEING

THE SAFETY NET OF THAT COUNTRYHOLDING IT TOGETHER.

WE'VE TRIED BOMBING A COUNTRY,LIBYA AND DEPOSING --

>> A VISCIOUS DICTATOR.

>> Jon: HONING THAT THAT -->> HOPING THAT WORKS OUT.

>> Jon: WE TRIED ARMINGMILITANT GROUPS IN THE HOPES

THAT IT GETS IN THE RIGHT HAND.

BUT THIS NEW THING, YOU CALLEDIT EARLIER DIPLOMACY.

[LAUGHTER]THAT SOUNDS INTERESTING.

[APPLAUSE]WE STILL GET TO --

[APPLAUSE]>> THE KEY ISSUE HERE IS THAT IF

WE ARE ABLE TO NEGOTIATEPEACEFULLY AROUND NOT HAVING A

NUCLEAR WEAPON.

>> SURE.

>> THEY ARE STILL GOING TO CAUSEUS PROBLEMS IN VARIOUS AREAS.

WE'RE STILL GOING TO HAVEENORMOUS DIFFERENCES WITH THEM

AND WE STILL HAVE TO WORK WITHCORE ALLIES LIKE ISRAEL AND THE

GULF COUNTRIES TO MAKE SURE IRANIS NOT SPONSORING TERRORISM OR

DESTABILIZING OTHER COUNTRIES.

BUT WE WILL HAVE TAKEN OFF THETABLE WHAT WILL BE A

CATASTROPHIC STRATEGIC PROBLEMIF THEY GOT A WEAPON.

PEOPLE WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUTIRAN HAVE LEGITIMATE REASONS TO

BE SUSPICIOUS.

I HAVE TO REMIND THEM, THOUGH,THAT WHEN WE NEGOTIATED TO MAKE

SURE THAT THERE WERE SOME LIMITSON NUCLEAR TESTING WITH THE

SOVIET UNION, THE EVIL EMPIREWITH MISSILES TRAINED ON US

WHERE PEOPLE WERE CRAWLING,SCHOOL KIDS WERE CRAWLING UNDER

TABLES.

>> Jon: YOU'RE FREAKING MEOUT.

>> FOLKS TEND TO FORGET THAT.

THAT POSES A MUCH GREATERTHREAT.

AND WE ACTUALLY HAD TO GIVESOMETHING UP AND YET HISTORY

SHOWS IT WAS A WAY FOR US TO ATLEAST MAKE SURE THAT THERE

WASN'T CATASTROPHES EVEN IF THESYSTEM THEY'VE BUILT EVENTUALLY

FAILS.

IN THIS SITUATION WE'RE NOTGIVING SOMETHING UP.

A PRESIDENT'S OPTIONS 10 YEARSFROM NOW, 15 YEARS FROM NOW

WE'LL BE BETTER BECAUSE WE HAVEINSIGHT IN THE PROGRAM.

THEY WILL HAVE SENT OUT A WHOLEBUNCH OF ENRICHED MATERIAL THAT

THEY HAVE RIGHT NOW.

THE BREAK UP TIMES WILL BELONGER THAN THEY ARE RIGHT NOW.

SO THIS IS NOT A SITUATION WHEREWE'RE UNILATERALLY DISARMING OR

BEING TAKEN TO THE CLEANERS.

WHAT WE'RE DOING IS MAKING SURETHIS CRITICAL PROBLEM IS BEING

RESOLVED AND RECOGNIZE IS WESTILL HAVE MORE WORK TO DO.

IN TERMS OF THE MIDDLE EASTGENERALLY ...

>> YOU'RE GOING TO GET INTO THEMIDDLE EAST, I SHOULD TAKE A

COMMERCIAL BREAK.

>> ARE YOU SURE.

>> Jon: WE'LL TAKE A BREAKAND COME BACK.

WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT THE IRANPACT WAS EXCELLENT AND ONCE THE

SENATE SHOOTS IT DOWN, WE'LLTALK ABOUT IT AGAIN.

[LAUGHTER]WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH MORE

[CROWD CHEERING]>> Jon: PRESIDENT BARACK

OBAMA.

THE MEDIA.

YOU LOVE THEM, THEY LOVE YOU.

SO IS YOUR FRUSTRATION SOMETIMESWITH THE MEDIA, IS THE MEDIA

MYSELF INCLUDED, ARE WE FOCUSEDON THE WRONG THINGS?

ARE WE DEMANDING TOO MUCH OFYOU?

ARE WE DEMANDING TOO MUCH OFGOVERNMENT?

ARE WE TOO INFLAMMATORY?

WHAT IS YOUR FEELING ON IT?

>> FIRST OF ALL, THE MEDIA'S ABUNCH OF DIFFERENT MEDIAS.

[LAUGHTER]THERE ARE SOME THAT GET ON MY

NERVES MORE THAN OTHERS.

I THINK THAT'S FAIR TO SAY.

I THINK I'M MOST CONCERNED ABOUTIS NOT THAT IT'S UNFAIR OR THAT

IT'S TOO TOUGH ON GOVERNMENTBECAUSE I THINK THAT THAT'S WHAT

JOURNALISM AND MEDIA IS SUPPOSEDTO BE DOING.

I THINK IT GETS DISTRACTED BYSHINY OBJECTS.

[LAUGHTER]AND DOESN'T ALWAYS FOCUS ON THE

BIG TOUGH CHOICES AND DECISIONSTHAT HAVE TO BE MADE.

AND PART OF THAT IS JUST THECHANGING NATURE OF TECHNOLOGY.

IT IS VERY HARD NOW FOR FOLKS TODO AN HOUR LONG SPECIAL ON THE

OTHER AMERICA LET'S SAY OR SOMEOF THE OTHER CLASSIC

DOCUMENTARIES THAT WERE DONE ALONG TIME AGO.

IT'S TOUGH TO GET EVERYBODY'SATTENTION FOCUSED IN THE SAME

WAY.

AND SO WHAT THAT MEANS IS THATON BIG TOUGH ISSUES, SOMETIMES

IT'S HARD TO GET THE ENTIRENATION'S ATTENTION FOCUSED ON

IT.

AND WE'VE BEEN OPERATING ONTHAT.

BUT LOOK, PART OF MY JOB ANDPART OF THE JOB OF EVERYBODY IN

THE WHITE HOUSE IS HOW DO WEADAPT TO THIS NEW ENVIRONMENT.

HOW ARE WE MORE NIMBLE.

HOW ARE WE DEALING WITH SOCIALMEDIA.

>> Jon: HAVE YOU DEALTAPPROPRIATELY WITH THE MEDIA.

WE KNOW MAYBE THE MEDIA'SPROBLEMS.

WHAT ABOUT TALKING POINTS>> ARE THEY USEFUL.

>> Jon: THEY COME FROM, ISTHAT SOMETHING THAT HAS, HAVE

PEOPLE IN GOVERNMENT, HAVEPEOPLE IN ADMINISTRATION, HAS

YOUR OFFICE, HAVE YOURSELF, HAVEYOU BECOME TOO GUARDED IN THE

WAY THAT YOU SPEAK TO THEAMERICAN PEOPLE AND TO PRACTICE

IN THE ART OF SPIN, THAT THECONVERSATION BECOMES

MEANINGLESS.

>> I THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TOSAY WE HAD NO TALKING POINTS.

WE HAVE TOO MANY TALKING POINTS.

>> Jon: NO.

CAN BE CONSTRUED AS EITHERINSINCERE OR --

>> HERE'S WHAT I SAY.

I THINK WHEN YOU ARE OUTSIDE OFGOVERNMENT, YOU FEEL

UNCONSTRAINED IN WAYS THAT WHENYOU ARE IN THE WHITEHOUSE, YOU

RECOGNIZE IF I MAKE THISCOMMENT, IT MAY MOVE THE MARKET

THAT WAY.

OR IF I MAKE THIS COMMENT, I'VEGOT TO MAKE SURE WHAT ARE OUR

ALLIES THINKING ABOUT THATINTERNATIONAL ISSUE.

SO PROBABLY EARLY ON, I THINKTHAT YOU'RE MORE CAUTIOUS.

I ALSO THINK THE STRUCTUREINSIDE THE WHITEHOUSE IS NOT

WELL ADAPTED TO THIS NEWENVIRONMENT.

WE WERE WAY TOO SLOW IN TRYINGTO REDESIGN AND REENGINEER THE

WHITEHOUSE PRESS OFFICE SO THATWE COULD HAVE MORE

UNCONVENTIONAL INTERACTIONS WITHTHE MEDIA AND MORE LONG FORM,

YOU PUT IT ON THE WEB.

YOU DON'T WORRY WHETHER IT'S ONA TIGHT TWO MINUTE PACKAGE GOING

ON THE NIGHTLY NEWS.

THERE'S A LEARNING PROCESSTHAT'S TAKEN PLACE.

BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, JON,OVERALL, I DON'T FEEL

PARTICULARLY GUARDED.

I JUST HAD A PRESS CONFERENCEABOUT IRAN WHERE NOT ONLY DID I

STAY THERE FOR AN HOUR, I SAIDWHO ELSE HAS GOT A QUESTION.

>> Jon: IF YOU DIDN'T FEELGOOD ABOUT THAT DEAL.

>> I THINK THE TRUTH OF THEMATTER IS THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF

TIMES WHERE I SAT THERE AND WETALKED A LOT ABOUT STUFF WHERE I

DID NOT FEEL AS GOOD ABOUT WHATHAD HAPPENED BUT I FEEL WE HAVE

TO BE ACCOUNTABLE.

OVERALL I THINK THAT THE PROBLEMWITH OUR INTERACTION WITH THE

MEDIA IS PROBABLY OVERSTATED.

I THINK WHAT'S UNDERSTATED ISTHE BALKANIZATION, THE SPLINTING

RING OF THE MEDIA SO IT'S HARDFOR US TO GET ONE CONVERSATION.

YOU HAVE FOLKS WHO ARECONSTANTLY LOOKING FOR FACTS

THAT REINFORCE THE POINT OF VIEWAS OPPOSED TO HAVING A COMMON

CONVERSATION.

ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TOTHINK ABOUT, NOT JUST THE

PRESIDENT BUT ALL OF US IS HOWDO WE JOIN TOGETHER IN A COMMON

CONVERSATION AROUND SOMETHINGOTHER THAN THE SUPER BOWL.

>> Jon: WHO DO YOU HAVE INTHE SUPER BOWL.

>> NOT THE BEARS RIGHT NOW.

>> Jon: NO.

WE'LL COME BACK MOREWITH PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

RIGHT AFTER THIS.

>> Jon: WE HAVE A LONGSEGMENT AND IT'S UP ON THE WEB

BUT CONCLUDING ON THIS I WANT TOTALK ABOUT WHAT WE'VE LOST IN

TERMS OF SHARED PURPOSE AS ACOUNTRY AND SACRIFICE.

WE HAVE THESE ENDLESS WARS.

IT'S BEEN 15 YEARS WE'RE INIRAQ, AFGHANISTAN.

YEMEN.

MILITARY FAMILIES.

LESS THAN 1% OF AMERICANS AREBEARING THE ENTIRE BRUNT OF

THIS.

THERE IS NO REAL SENSE OF SHAREDSACRIFICE.

WHAT ABOUT SOMETHING THAT REALLYCHANGES THE PARADIGM, COLLEGE

BEING THREE YEARS AND THEN ONEYEAR OF SELECTIVE SERVICE.

THAT SELECTIVE SERVICE BEING IN,IT COULD BE SOCIAL SERVICE, IT

COULD BE SOMETHING ELSE.

BUT BRINGING THE SENSE OFSACRIFICE BACK TO THE COUNTRY,

AND I WOULD BE THE FIRST ONE,EVEN OLD PEOPLE COULD DO IT, I

WOULD DO IT.

>> I THINK IT WOULD BE AWONDERFUL IDEA FOR US TO THINK

ABOUT HOW WE BUILD ON THENATIONAL SERVICE THAT CURRENT

EXISTS AND EXPAND IT.

NOW HOW PEOPLE RESPOND TO ITPOLITICALLY, HOW YOUNG PEOPLE

RESPOND, IT WOULD BEINTERESTING.

>> Jon: I THINK YOUNG PEOPLEWOULD EMBRACE IT AND OTHERS

WOULD SEE IT AS -->> SEE, HERE'S WHAT I, YOU KNOW

THE BEST EDUCATION I GOT WAS AFEW YEARS ME WORKING IN LOW

INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS AS ANORGANIZER NOT REALLY KNOWING

MUCH WHAT I WAS DOING.

BUT UNDERSTANDING THAT I WANTEDTO TRY TO COMMIT MYSELF TO

SOMETHING BIGGER THAN JUST ME.

AND THE YOUNG PEOPLE I MEETAROUND THE COUNTRY, AND BY THE

WAY AROUND THE WORLD, THEY HAVETHAT SAME SENSE.

THIS NOTION THAT YOUNG PEOPLEHAVE LOST THEIR IDEALISM OR

BEING CYNICAL OR IRONIC, IT'SNOT TRUE.

BUT WE HAVE TO GIVE THEMPATHWAYS TO GET THEM INVOLVED.

AND SO WE'VE TRIED TO EXPANDTHINGS LIKE AMERICOR AS MUCH AS

POSSIBLE.

PART OF WHAT WE WANT TO DO ISHOPEFULLY TIE IT MORE TO GETTING

A LOWER COST COLLEGE EDUCATIONSO THEY GET SCHOLARSHIPS IN

RETURN FOR THE WORK THEY'REDOING.

I THINK THAT WOULD BE A GOODPLACE FOR US TO START.

WE'RE TALKING EARLIER ABOUT THEMIDDLE EAST IN AN ISSUE LIKE

IRAN.

I REALLY WANT PEOPLE TO PAYATTENTION TO THIS ISSUE.

AND LEARN ABOUT IT, AND THENCONTACT YOUR ELECTED

REPRESENTATIVES AND EXPRESS YOUROPINIONS.

I MEAN MAYBE NOT EVERYBODY'SGOING TO AGREE WITH ME ON THIS,

BUT THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHEREWE HAVE A HUGE ISSUE OF WAR AND

PEACE, EITHER THE STOPPINGNUCLEAR WEAPONS THROUGH

DIPLOMACY OR POTENTIALLY WE HAVEA MILITARY OPTION.

YOU'VE GOT A BUNCH OF HOT HEADSAND PUNDITS AND FOLKS WHO ARE

NOT GOING TO BE MAKINGSACRIFICES IF IN FACT YOU END UP

IN A CONFLICT.

WHO ARE REPRIZING SOME OF THESAME POSITIONS WE SAW DURING THE

IRAQ WAR, NOT ASKING TOUGHQUESTIONS.

AND IF THEY'RE NOT HEARING FROMCITIZENS, THEN WE END UP MAKING

BAD CHOICES.

AND THE ONE THING I KNOW SINCE,AS I ENTER INTO THE LAST YEAR OF

MY PRESIDENCY, IS THAT THECOUNTRY IS FULL OF GOOD AND

DECENT PEOPLE.

AND THERE IS A SENSE OF COMMONPURPOSE AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD

LEVEL.

AND IN THE SCHOOL AND THEWORKPLACE.

AND THAT DISSIPATES BECAUSE ALLTHE MONEY AND BECAUSE OF ALL THE

FILTERS AND ALL THE POLARIZINGTHAT TAKES PLACE IN TERMS OF HOW

OUR POLITICS TAKE SHAPE.

BUT THE ONLY WAY TO PREVENT THATIS BY PEOPLE GETTING INVOLVED.

IT DOESN'T TAKE THAT MUCH.

I GUARANTEE YOU IF PEOPLE FEELSTRONGLY ABOUT MAKING SURE IRAN

DOESN'T GET A NUCLEAR WEAPONWITHOUT GOING TO WAR AND THAT IS

EXPRESSED TO CONGRESS, THENPEOPLE WILL BELIEVE IN THAT.

AND THE SAME IS TRUE ON EVERYSINGLE ISSUE.

IF PEOPLE ARE ENGAGED,EVENTUALLY THE POLITICAL SYSTEM

RESPONDS DESPITE THE MONEY,DESPITE THE LOBBYISTS, IT

STILL RESPONDS.

>> Jon: SO FOR YOU AND THISMAY BE A CLOSING SEGMENT BECAUSE

OBVIOUSLY YOU HAVE THINGS TO DO.

I'M HERE ALL NIGHT.

I GUESS WHAT YOU WOULD SAY ISAFTER SEVEN YEARS, IS THAT THE

ADVICE THAT YOU THEN BEQUEATH TOFUTURE PRESIDENT TRUMP?

[LAUGHTER][APPLAUSE]

WELL, I'M SURE THE REPUBLICANSARE ENJOYING MR. TRUMP'S

DOMINANCE -->> Jon: ANYTHING THAT MAKES

THEM LOOK LESS CRAZY.

[APPLAUSE]THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STOPPING

BY.

IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO SEEYOU.

>> YOU'VE BEEN A GREAT GIFT TO THE COUNTRY

>> Jon: PRESIDENT BARACKOBAMA.

>> Jon: THAT'S OUR SHOW

HERE IT IS, YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN

>> I WANT TO INTRODUCE EVERYBODYWHO HAS NOT HAD A CHANCE TO MEET

HER.

MS. EMMA GOODLAKE IF OUR OLDESTLIVING VETERAN.

110 YEARS OLD, BORN IN 1905.