In the midst of debates on financial regulation and China's currency in April, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner had a private meeting to discuss the U.S. economy with comedian Jon Stewart. The off-the-record meeting at Stewart's office in New York took place April 2, according to Geithner's appointments calendar on Treasury's website. "Jon Stewart is influential in America, so we took the opportunity for the two to meet and to discuss the economy," Treasury spokesman Steve Adamske said in an e-mail yesterday.
I milled around for about an hour this afternoon with the crowd at Jon Stewart's rally here in Washington. It was enormous. I can't really compare it to the size of the crowd at Glenn Beck's rally because the venue was different, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were comparable in terms of attendance.
Barack Obama made himself a laughingstock at a few points points during his appearance on Jon Stewart's Daily Show this week. Video of Obama's appearance on the Daily Show is here; a transcript of Obama's appearance is here.