For me, President Obama‘s visit last night with Jon Stewart wasn’t all that satisfying because of Stewart’s tendency to flick questions in a roundabout way rather than put them straight. I would have loved it if he’d said, “Have you seen Inside Job, Mr. President? The same bad guys who authored and endorsed our ridiculous derivative-scheme predicament in the Clinton and Bush years are part of your team right now. What about that?”

Also: “What did you think of The Social Network? More to the point, what did you think of the Larry Summers scene in that film? Is that the guy you know to any degree? Did he seem a bit familiar, or was Aaron Sorkin just flying off and having fun in his own realm?”