#JonVoyage: Our 4 Favorite Moments from President Obama’s Interviews on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" has become one of the most influential programs on television by offering honest, passionate analysis and satirical commentary of the news. Politicians, network executives, and everyday Americans tune in four times a week and esteem his segments for their thoughtful monologues, sharp correspondents, and well-timed celebrity guests.

Since 1999, Jon Stewart has tackled current events and changed the way we talk about the world around us. His episodes show incredible range of emotion — from hilariously referring to President Obama as “dude,” to his powerful, solemn monologue after the shooting in Charleston.

Tonight, Stewart will give his last performance on "The Daily Show." He and President Obama have shared the screen a total of seven times over the past 10 years, discussing the President's work as a Senator, on campaigns, and in the White House. Most recently, President Obama sat down with Stewart last month as part of the trailblazing final season.

Here are four of our favorite moments Jon Stewart has shared with President Obama over the years:

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Behind the Lens: Photographing the President in 50 Countries

Today, President Obama visits Kenya — the 50th country he has visited during his Administration. It’s also my 50th country traveling with the President.

To mark the occasion, as I did when the President visited his 50th state, I chose one photograph from each country that we’ve visited.

Traveling abroad with the President is very different.

Often times, I am at the mercy of the host country for access. Some countries are more accommodating to me than others. I am lucky to have counterpart official photographers in many countries who are extremely helpful to me in this regard. I of course try to return the help to them when they visit the White House with their head of state.

We’re also rarely in any one country for more than a couple of days, which gives us only a partial glimpse of each place. And because of security, the sites we are able to visit are often limited too.

All that said, we’ve had the incredible opportunity to visit the Pyramids in Egypt, Stonehenge in the United Kingdom, the Great Wall in China, Petra in Jordan, and the Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar (Burma). (So I really shouldn’t complain too much.)

I hope you enjoy this gallery. And stay tuned — we’ll be adding a photograph from Kenya and additionally, Ethiopia, following his visit next week.

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Boarding Air Force One at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, May 1, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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This Day in History: The Beginning of the End for the Civil War

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Week in Review: A Historic Announcement on Iran, a Dedication in Boston, and a Commitment to Fairness

This week, the President made a historic announcement on Iran, helped dedicate the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston, granted 22 commutations for those impacted by unjust and outdated drug sentencing laws, traveled to Louisville to see a job training program in action, and held a roundtable in Utah about the importance of solar energy.

Find out more about the past week in our latest weekly wrap-up.

Preventing Iran from Acquiring a Nuclear Weapon

In November 2013, the P5+1 and Iran took an important first step toward that goal with the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), which halted the progress of Iran’s program and rolled back it back in key areas for the first time in nearly a decade. The IAEA has verified that Iran has met all of its obligations under the JPOA.

On Thursday, after many months of principled diplomacy building on the JPOA, we have achieved a framework for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Full video: President Obama delivers a statement on #IranTalks: http://t.co/e94eTqLJNO

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 2, 2015

Learn more about the President's Iran deal.

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Being Biden: A Senate Swearing-In

Today marked the start of the 114th Congress, and Vice President Biden presided over the ceremonial swearing-in -- a long-running tradition for the sitting Vice President.

In today's special video edition of Being Biden, the Vice President spoke about the importance of the ceremony while in the motorcade on his way to the Senate. "To see the looks on their faces, I hope they understand the incredible opportunity they have."

Standing in the Old Senate Chamber, Vice President Biden -- who served as a senator himself for more than 30 years -- swore in senators both new and old, and met with their families.

Watch this video edition of Being Biden:

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The Top @WhiteHouse Tweets from 2014

With 2014 drawing to a close, we thought it'd be a good time to take a look back at the past year on @WhiteHouse.

This year, @WhiteHouse added more than 1.1 million new followers and surpassed 5.57 million overall, while continuing to serve as an important tool for the White House to engage with the American people.

Check out a timeline of some of the top tweets from the year, and be sure to follow @WhiteHouse on Twitter for news and updates from President Obama and his Administration. And don't forget to check back for more Year in Review roundups over the next several days.

Happy New Year! pic.twitter.com/dXoh9AHSka

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 1, 2014

✈ Baby Force One ✈ pic.twitter.com/0e2075cbb2

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 11, 2014

Someone's turning 50 today. Happy birthday, @FLOTUS! pic.twitter.com/msxXl4h17X

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 17, 2014

"It should be the power of our vote, not the size of our bank account, that drives our democracy." —President Obama #RightToVote

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 29, 2014

"The son of a single mom can be President of the greatest nation on Earth." —President Obama #OpportunityForAll pic.twitter.com/wI9iDiWL2e

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 29, 2014

Obama to Congress: "Join the rest of the country. Say yes. Give America a raise." #ActOnTenTen #RaiseTheWage, pic.twitter.com/iYWuA5yaDy

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 29, 2014

Beast mode. #SuperBowlSunday, pic.twitter.com/DvkM6G8QKN

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 2, 2014

RT if you agree: Every student in America deserves access to high-speed internet: http://t.co/0HstOGvh6z #ConnectED, pic.twitter.com/M1GIaCP340

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 4, 2014

Today, President Obama raised the minimum wage to $10.10/hour for federal contract workers. #RaiseTheWage, pic.twitter.com/FtZqcgMgGI

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 12, 2014

Congrats to T.J. Oshie and the U.S. men's hockey team on a huge win! Never stop believing in miracles. #GoTeamUSA -bo

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 15, 2014

Hey @galifianakisz, thanks for sending so many folks to #GetCoveredNow at http://t.co/5zeR2RQuXe. And good luck with those spider bites. -bo

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 11, 2014

The House GOP budget: ✄'s vital programs ✄'s taxes for millionaires ↑ taxes for middle-class families #HouseOfCuts pic.twitter.com/QkUbuYAOsN

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 10, 2014

The Westeros Wing. #WHCD pic.twitter.com/wG4KbQ7BLn

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 4, 2014

60 years after Brown v. Board, let's remember that while progress has never come easily, people who love their country can change it. -bo

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 17, 2014

"I’m here on a single mission & that is to thank you for your extraordinary service." —Obama to troops in Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/FkHRRiIOez

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 26, 2014

"We need to celebrate science fair winners...at least as much as we do Super Bowl winners." —Obama #WHScienceFair pic.twitter.com/i0TU4jFpOh

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 27, 2014

RT to spread the word: President Obama just took a big step to #ActOnClimate and protect our health. pic.twitter.com/qu55I4ihhT

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 2, 2014

Women—not their bosses—should be able to make their own health care decisions → http://t.co/K75k22iO6r #HobbyLobby pic.twitter.com/BKZQQYteJJ

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 1, 2014

Very proud of @USSoccer. We'll win it all sooner than the world thinks. #BelieveIt -bo

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 1, 2014

It's time for Congress to reauthorize funding to rebuild our roads & bridges: http://t.co/VAevH7GBGF #RebuildAmerica pic.twitter.com/BYaPeRZiTB

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 14, 2014

Instead of acting to help millions of Americans, House Republicans are suing the President today. #DoYourJobHouseGOP pic.twitter.com/vvxzFj43yo

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 30, 2014

He made us laugh. He made us cry. He ended up touching every element of the human spirit. #RIPRobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/kbEq7OwPOf

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 12, 2014

"ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents." —President Obama

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 20, 2014

RT if you agree: Women should earn the same pay as men for doing the same work. Period. #WomensEqualityDay pic.twitter.com/C8QvttmthF

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 26, 2014

"13 years after small and hateful minds conspired to break us, America stands tall and America stands proud." —Obama pic.twitter.com/gvXmSsoTFY

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 11, 2014

When #WomenSucceed, we all succeed: http://t.co/GBzcbSV0MN #HeForShe pic.twitter.com/gaCddXtfkm

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 25, 2014

#Ebola is NOT spread through: 1. Casual contact 2. Air 3. Water 4. Food in the U.S. http://t.co/kICO4R7GpX pic.twitter.com/3QkxgUI9Ic

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 15, 2014

Over the past year, the unemployment rate has dropped by as large of an amount as any 12-month period in 30 years. pic.twitter.com/d8MqIqbTAR

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 7, 2014

I'm urging the @FCC to keep the internet open and free. Here's my plan to protect #NetNeutrality for everyone: http://t.co/3y3YLQD6MB –bo

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 10, 2014

Big news: The U.S. & China just announced new targets to cut carbon pollution → http://t.co/pW5LQYzFRr #ActOnClimate pic.twitter.com/r2JtIKzes3

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 12, 2014

Sharing a koalaty moment in Australia. http://t.co/mbSY0ZQLxD #G20 pic.twitter.com/roeOMwh33h

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 15, 2014

RT if you agree: It's time to fix our broken immigration system → http://t.co/tqb6H23QH5 #ImmigrationAction pic.twitter.com/sxGp6ni0bq

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 21, 2014

"Thanks to Stevie, all of us have been moved to higher ground." —Obama: http://t.co/O025qS2F3O #MedalOfFreedom pic.twitter.com/5eOFLNdFrX

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 30, 2014

This is not a black problem or a white problem, this is an American problem: http://t.co/BwzL009O7K #EricGarner

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 3, 2014

Our businesses have added: 10.9 million jobs over 57 months ✓ 2.6 million so far this year ✓ 314,000 last month ✓ pic.twitter.com/yTmnPF1Znt

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 5, 2014

I just took action to protect one of our greatest national treasures: Alaska's Bristol Bay. http://t.co/hcGH4Dkega -bo

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 16, 2014

"To the Cuban people, America extends a hand of friendship." —President Obama Watch the full video. #CubaPolicy http://t.co/Qrzp5zODZk

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 17, 2014

Welcome home, Alan Gross. http://t.co/ZeORP4H0jr #CubaPolicy pic.twitter.com/rOeFEY3GQv

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 17, 2014

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President Obama Awards the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing

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Earlier this afternoon, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing for his heroic acts of bravery while serving as an artillery commander during the Civil War.

On July 3, 1863, Lieutenant Cushing went above and beyond the call of duty when fighting against Confederate forces. Even after being struck twice, he refused to abandon his command. As a result, his gallant efforts helped open wide gaps in the Confederate Army's line of command.

The Medal of Honor is typically awarded within a few years of the action, but as the President noted, “sometimes even the most extraordinary stories can get lost in the passage of time.” At today's ceremony, the President was joined by more than two dozen of Lieutenant Cushing's family members. Helen Loring Ensign, a cousin twice removed of the Lieutenant, accepted the award on his behalf.

“For this American family, this story isn’t some piece of obscure history -- it is an integral part of who they are. And today, our whole nation shares their pride, and celebrates what this story says about who we are.”

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Weekly Wrap Up: A Look at Our Week

This week at the White House, the President updated the nation on our government-wide response to Ebola, we discussed efforts against ISIL with our international efforts, and the First Lady asked, “Turnip for What?” 

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President Obama talks on the phone with HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell concerning the latest update on the Ebola situation.

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We Continued to Respond to Ebola

On Wednesday, the President met with Cabinet officials and Dr. Tom Frieden -- of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -- in the Cabinet Room of the White House. 
After the meeting, President Obama laid out our comprehensive plan to contain Ebola, prevent its spread in the United States, and combat it at its source in West Africa.
Have questions about how exactly the disease spread? We’ve got the facts:
  • Ebola cannot be spread through the air, water, or food in the U.S. You cannot contract Ebola through casual contact with someone who has no symptoms. 
  • Ebola can only be contracted through bodily fluids, contaminated objects, or infected animals.
  • Ebola only spreads when people are showing symptoms. 
Now that you’ve got the key facts, pass it on to someone else who needs to know

Worth sharing: Here are the facts on #Ebola, and what we're doing to respond → http://t.co/RMFwal2IB8 pic.twitter.com/UJLnOsP7RV

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 16, 2014

Today, the President appointed Ron Klain to coordinate the government’s comprehensive response to Ebola. Mr. Klain has served as Chief of Staff to two Vice Presidents, and his talent and managerial skills extend far beyond the White House. He has a great working relationship with leading Members of Congress and brings extensive intergovernmental operations experience to the job.

We Joined International Military Leaders to Discuss Efforts Against ISIL

On Tuesday, President Obama headed to Joint Base Andrews to meet with military leaders from over 20 partner nations and discuss coalition efforts to ultimately degrade and destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.
At the meeting, hosted by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Dempsey, the President reiterated that: 
  • The U.S. will take action against targets in both Iraq and Syria, so ISIL cannot find safe haven anywhere.
  • The U.S. will act as part of a broad international coalition, because this is not our fight alone.
President Obama meets with more than 20 foreign chiefs of defense to discuss coalition efforts in the campaign against ISIL

President Barack Obama participates in a meeting hosted by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, with more than 20 foreign chiefs of defense to discuss the coalition efforts in the ongoing campaign against ISIL. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Commander, U.S. Central Command also participates in the meeting at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Oct. 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

FLOTUS asked: “Turnip for What?”

On Tuesday, the First Lady hosted her very first Vine and Twitter Q & A to answer questions about Let's Move! before welcoming students to the White House for the annual fall harvest. During the Q & A, the First Lady answered a range of questions – including healthy Halloween ideas, her favorite fall vegetables, the status of the White House bees, and asked, turnip for what?

Take a look at the full Q & A on Storify, and be sure to follow Mrs. Obama on Twitter and Instagram for additional updates.

Want to see even more? Be sure to check out the White House Blog, this week's episode of West Wing Week, and the White House's official Twitter account:

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Weekly Wrap Up: #ItsOnUs

This week, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat, met with National Spelling Bee winners, announced a major increase in our efforts to help fight Ebola in Wes... Read more »

What’s a Continuing Resolution and Why Does It Matter?

This week, Congress passed and President Obama signed something called a Continuing Resolution, an important measure that ensures our government has the resources necessary to address key domestic and national security goals in the months ahead, inclu... Read more »