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Geez, this Barack Obama guy is everywhere tonight--"Daily Show" too

October 29, 2008 |  6:48 pm

Pretty hard to avoid you-know-who from Illinois tonight.

He was everywhere on the tube tonight. If the White Sox hadn't collapsed, he'd have probably been out in left field, so to speak.

Why doesn't he just buy his own channel with all that money people donated?

Barack Obama didn't just buy a half-hour of time on four national television networks tonight -- he also got a free ride on "The Daily Show." (Complete text of the campaign infomercial is available here.)

Illinois senator and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on almost all TVs all the time tonight

Here's a preview of the "comedy" show, from the campaign pool report, so you don't have to stay up (because, frankly, it doesn't sound very comedic):

How is he holding up? host Jon Stewart asked Obama in the taping.

"We are now counting down every single vote," the Democratic presidential nominee replied. "And the crowds are terrific. And I think we've got a good shot at this thing."

Asking about former President Bill Clinton campaigning for Obama today in Florida, Stewart said: "I know Florida. ... Many of my people go there to retire. ... You might want to hold the rally early. They don't like to miss their shows at night or the early bird special at the diner."

"No comment on that Jon," Obama said, with an explanation for his reticence: "I'm trying to win Florida."

Asked about his "infomercial" airing on four television networks tonight, Obama called it a "story about what's happening to families all across America. We've got four families that we feature. All of them have great hopes, but all of them are struggling too, and we want to talk about what the next four years would mean to them...

"These four families that have been featured remind me either of myself or people that I know, and I think they'll have a better sense of exactly what I want to do as president."

Stewart asked: "If you do win, is that a mandate for socialism?"

"I think that there's a certain segment of hardcore Sean Hannity fans that probably wouldn't want to go have a beer with me," Obama conceded. "There's no doubt about that."

For a review of the rest of the program, check out the account here by our pal Mark Silva over at the Swamp.

--Andrew Malcolm

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