WATCH: President Obama Says Goodbye to Jon Stewart in Final Daily Show Appearance
Two titans of the establishment left facing their twilight, President Obama and Daily Show host Jon Stewart, sat down on Tuesday night for an extended interview on topics ranging from ISIS and the media to Iran and the crumbling VA system.
It was a relatively friendly interview, with Stewart asking open-ended questions and more or less letting the President take the floor. The one exception was when Stewart addressed the failures of veteran care in recent years.
"Boy, rough ride for the veterans recently. First the attack in Tennessee, and then this systematic issue with the VA and healthcare," Stewart said.
Veterans' care has always been something of a personal issue with the Daily Show host; one of his segments on the topic even led to some reforms earlier this year.
"The situation has always been we make a promise," Obama said, "and are all too often under-resourced. What we're having to do is systematically work through some of the challenges of a big freakin' bureaucracy."
But this wasn't good enough for Stewart, who prodded the President a bit more until they segued into the broader problem of a sequester-obsessed Congress that mindlessly chops away at government services, then acts outraged when veterans are left wanting.
On the topic of Iran, the conversation was a bit more amicable, with both Obama and Stewart agreeing the President's right-wing opponents had demagogued the recent nuclear deal. "You don't make peace deals with your friends," the President quipped. "America got what we wanted and we gave up nothing in return."
Watch the entire extended interview below, courtesy of Comedy Central: