字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 [cheering] Welcome back to The Daily Show. Our guest tonight is here to discuss the inaugural Obama Foundation Democracy Forum, and how he's training the next generation of young leaders in the US and around the world. Please welcome the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama. [cheering] Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. Yeah, that's right. I should have brought Michelle here, so that you could-- [cheering] This is how I'd like to be greeted when I come home. But I feel like Michelle's the star now, right? Oh, absolutely, absolutely. Mr. President, welcome to The Daily Show. It is wonderful to see you. Do you miss your name, by the way? Because everyone calls you Mr. President, but like, I feel like I would, like if people called me like Mr. Daily, I would miss just being called Trevor. Do you miss your name sometimes? My best friends call me Barack. TREVOR NOAH: OK, OK. So, Barack. You should call me Mr. President. TREVOR NOAH: Oh, I knew it. But-- You know, I was-- [laughs] welcome to the show. Let's start with, I mean, the most pressing news. The midterms just happened. You know, America voted. The House is flipping. Democrats have held onto the Senate. Many credit you for coming out and pushing out people to vote. I would love to know two parts to that. Number one, do you do you feel pressure whenever you're asked to come out? It's like in the movies when they need that home run and the bases are load and the team's losing and they go, Barack, we need you to hit this out of the park, we might lose everything. Do you feel the pressure? Does it get to you? And second of all, what does it say about the state of the Democratic party that they always need you to come out and do that before an election? Look, I think that the reason we did better than expected can be attributed to not me or anything I did, but it has to do with A, we recruited some excellent candidates. You look like at a Wes Moore in Maryland, a Josh Shapiro in Pennsylvania. You look at our Senate candidates, you know, John Fetterman and Mark Kelly. They are committed, passionate, down to earth, they connect with people. And so I come in mainly to shine a spotlight on them. So that's point number one. And the second thing that happened in this Midterm, and we've seen it now for three elections, so I'm starting to feel pretty hopeful that this is a habit, young people are voting. And you've got higher, it has been many times remarked how I got thumped during Midterms during my presidency. And part of it was that voting rates were really low. People in some sense, I think a lot of Democrats felt, all right, Obama's there, we'll be OK. And if it turns out that McConnell and Boehner and others suddenly have power, then that greatly restricts what a president can do. And I think that lesson was learned. Trump comes in and suddenly 2018, 2020, and now this one, you've seen young people come in and they're typically voting at a rate of 70 to 30, 60 to 40 Democrat to Republican. TREVOR NOAH: Right. And that makes a huge difference. And so their-- TREVOR NOAH: But many of them are-- --enthusiasm I think is what really drove this election. I agree with that in terms of the people who actually voted. But young people don't seem to be turning out as much. So the ones who did vote, voted overwhelmingly Democrat. Yes. But then the number of young voters seems to be dwindling from election to election. And many young voters are saying they feel disillusioned. They feel like America hasn't made a way for them. They don't see a future for themselves. Well, look, what is always true is young people are going to vote at slightly lower rates than old people, like me. Because they've got better things to do. Michelle and I are sitting at home, eating dinner. We've kind of run out of things to say. Well, let's go vote. Young people, Malia and Sasha, they're out, they got all kinds of stuff. So that's always going to be the case that young people voting rates are a little bit lower. They are higher now than they were in the Midterms when I was president. And in such a polarized environment, 1%, 2%, 3%, if they're turning out at 21% instead of 18%-- TREVOR NOAH: It makes a difference. --that can make an enormous difference. Right. When you look at that tiny difference, you still see the places where, I mean, people got into power despite the fact that they deny elections. I think Republicans got 170 election deniers into Congress, people who don't believe in the way America is running its elections, people who don't believe Joe Biden should be president or they'll be vague about their answers. BARACK OBAMA: Yeah. What do you what do you think it says about American democracy that so many people are getting elected to these positions when they seem to dismiss the election itself? Well, the interesting thing is, you notice, election deniers don't deny their own election. Funny how that works. How many of them actually believe some of the nonsense that circulates versus those who think it's convenient or it's a way to own the libs or it's a way to send a message or align themselves with Trump? That's hard to say. But what is important is, that because of some really concerted efforts in a lot of important states, some of the most egregious, prominent, and potentially dangerous election deniers-- TREVOR NOAH: Right. --they got thumped. They got beat. And particularly in these Secretary of States races, and in some cases, Governor's races, where in the next presidential election, you could have somebody who could really do some damage. There, I think we held the line. Now what it does say more broadly, is the fact that not just here in the United States, but around the world, the fundamental precepts of democracy are being challenged. TREVOR NOAH: Right. We're not having arguments about policy, but we're having arguments about the rules of the game, which previously we all agreed to, right? There was a notion that all right, we run elections, whoever gets the most votes actually wins. The loser concedes, goes back and tries to do better next time. And what we've seen now for a whole host of reasons is a creeping sense that if the outcome is not what we want, then we can do whatever we want and say whatever we want in order for us to win. And that is profoundly dangerous.