Though he admitted he's proud of his record thus far as President, in his final appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, President Barack Obama did admit that there's still a lot both he and the American Public need to do to keep positive change coming for the country.
In his interview, which spanned the whole 30-minute episode, the President addressed several issues, specifically the recent deal he made to remove Iran's ability to use nuclear weapons, as well as some of the criticisms he has received about it from his Republican detractors, defending what he was abe to accomplish in the process.
"...You've got critics who are going, 'Well, it's a bad deal, we could have gotten a better deal,'" he said. "You ask them, 'Well what represents a better deal? What is it that you think could happen?' Typically, they're vague, and they fall back on 'Well, if you'd beat your chest a little more, or if you brought Dick Cheney to the negotiations, everything would be fine.'"
However, when it comes to things like the Iran deal, or even his plan for healthcare, President Obama strongly expressed that the only way any positive reinforcements would come through to the country would require not only more bipartisanship, but a more involved American public.
"You've got folks that are constantly looking for facts that reinforce their existing point of view, as opposed to having a common conversation, and I think that one of the things that we have to think about, not just the President, but all of us, is how do we join together in a common conversation about something other than the Super Bowl?" he said.
As for the American public's involvement in politics, the President strongly encouraged the people to get in touch with their local representatives to discuss the issues they have, and insisted that if the American people truly want to hear their voices heard, then it was up to them to make them heard.
"The country is full of good and decent people, and there is a sense of common purpose at the neighborhood level, and in the school, and in the workplace, that dissipates the further up it goes, because of all the money and all of the filters and all the polarizing that takes place in terms of how our politics are shaped," he noted, before slightly turning away from Stewart and addressing the live studio audience directly. "But the only way to prevent that,is by people getting involved, and it doesn't take that much...If people are engaged, eventually the political system responds, despite the money, despite the lobbyists. It still responds.
Regardless of those who criticize him however, the President did make one attempt during the show to make an executive decree that likely would have gone well with several people in the country--and that was an attempt to order Stewart to stay with his show (his final episode airs August 6).
"I can't believe that you're leaving before me! In fact, I'm issuing a new executive order that Jon Stewart cannot leave the show," Obama said near the beginning of the broadcast, which was met with a loud cheer.
Unfortunately, he was forced to add that it was 'being challenged in the courts,' before Stewart chimed in to say, "For me, I have to say, this is a state's rights issue."
For the full episode, click here.