Hail to the Comedian-in-Chief!

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In his first sitdown with a current Chief Exec, Stewart walked a fine line between respect and irreverence — and never lost sight of the Comedy in Comedy Central, even though the Prez was not in a jokey mood. Dispensing with any opening shtick, he brought Obama out immediately and let the show run several minutes longer than usual (to the dismay of some DVR users). Stewart was critical of the President and his party — "The Democrats seem to be running on 'Please, baby, one more chance' — and got Obama's ire up on more than one occasion. "You ran with such, if I may, audacity... yet legislatively it has felt timid at times," the host chided, leading his guest to respond, "This is something we have a profound disagreement on."

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