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“So here you are, you’re two years into your administration and the question that arises in my mind: Are we the people we were waiting for or does it turn out those people are still out there and we don’t have their number?” the comedian intoned, suggesting that someone in the White House needs to call them up.

There was even more laughter when Obama used a now-notorious Washington phrase to defend Lawrence Summers, a top economic adviser who is leaving the administration at the end of the year. Stewart reminded Obama that he’d once said that different results won’t come from the same people. Then Obama hired Summers, who had served in the Clinton administration.

Obama said Summers “did a heck of a job,” to which Stewart said, “You don’t want to use that phrase, dude.”

That’s because in 2005, then-President George W. Bush used the phrase to describe the job his emergency management director, Michael Brown, was doing after Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters had devastated New Orleans.

On the “Daily Show,” Obama said he hopes voters will reward some Democrats from largely conservative districts who took votes they knew would be bad politically but did so anyway because they thought it was the right thing to do. He named freshman Rep. Tom Perriello of Virginia, who voted for Obama’s health care overhaul and is in a tight race re-election race. Obama plans to campaign with Perriello on Friday.

“My hope is that those people are rewarded for taking those tough votes,” Obama said. “If they are, then I think Democrats will do fine on Election Day.”