So, per Politico, here is a thing that is happening in our lives:
Robert Gibbs, President Obama's press secretary, told reporters on Tuesday that he hopes ["Daily Show"host Jon Stewart] can persuade enough Republican senators to vote for a 9/11 health bill so it can head to the president's desk.
"If there's the ability for that to sort of break through in our political environment, there's a good chance that he can help do that," Gibbs said in his briefing. "I think he has put the awareness around this legislation. He's put that awareness into what you guys cover each day, and I think that's good. I hope he can convince two Republicans to support taking care of those that took care of so many on that awful day in our history."
Look: I understand that Jon Stewart occupies a unique and influential platform in the media universe, from which he can project a certain amount of moral authority. And on the matter of the Zadroga bill, Stewart has been at his activist best, shaming the media into covering a story that would have otherwise gotten lost in the transom of the lame duck session. Should the bill pass, he'll get a lot of credit for bringing attention to the issue, and if he stays true to form, he'll shrug off that credit with laudable humility.
But here's the thing: there is this place called the White House Briefing Room. President Obama can walk into that room, and say whatever he wants about this issue. Reporters will record his remarks, and they will point cameras at him, and they will put him on the teevee. He can do this whenever he wants, as often as he wants. So if it's a big deal to the White House, they should get on it. According to this thing called "Twitter," the Daily Show is in reruns until 2011.
[Hat Tip: Soup]
Gibbs seeks help from Stewart [Politico]