From: Mufson, Steven [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 04:46 PM
To: Barnes, Desiree N. EOP
Subject: pool 16
[[[NOTE: Daily Show said they would put out a transcript. Not sure when. Please check against it as this was done very quickly. ]]]
About government and talking points: "I think when you are outside of government, you feel unconstrained in ways" that when you're in the White House you recognize that if you make a certain comment you may move a market or offend allies.
"Probably early on I think that you're more cautious" in the press shop.
Obama: "We were way too slow in try to redesign and re engineer the White House press office so we could have more unconventional" interactions with the media. Not good anymore to focus on tight, two-minute segments for the nightly news, he said.
"There's a learning process that's taking place."
"I don't feel particularly guarded." He patted himself on the back for holding an hour-long news conference following the Iran deal.
"Overall I think the problem with our interaction with media... is overstated... the balkanization of the media generally. it's hard for us to get one conversation...
He asked: "How do we join together in a common conversation around something other than the Super Bowl”
Mr. Stewart threw out a proposal: how about having three years of college and then require a year of public service that would get everyone a piece of the "shared sacrifice" in the country's future.
Mr. Obama hedged.
"I think it would be a wonderful idea for us to think about how we build on the national service that currently exists and build on it," Mr. Obama said, not committing to the idea of a mandated year of public service.
But the president added that "Here's what I know: The best education I got was for a few years me working in low income neighborhoods as an organizer. I wanted to try to commit myself to something bigger than just me."
He also said that it is not true that young kids are selfish. "But we have to give them pathways to get them involved.”
The conversation turned back to Iran.
“I really want people to pay attention to this issue”, Obama said urging people to contact their representative even if they don’t agree with him.
“If they are not hearing from citizens then we end up making bad choices,” Obama said.
“If people are engaged eventually the political system responds,” despite the money despite the influence.
“Is that the advice that you then bequeath to future president Trump,” Stewart said.
I am sure the Republicans are enjoying this, Obama joked.
“Anything that makes them look less crazy” said Stewart