Jon Stewart asks Obama about 'the real concern'

Peter Mucha reports:

One exchange was probably the highlight of Barack Obama's appearance on The Daily Show last night.

Barack Obama depicted on a 19th-century bicycle, suggesting that a guy who campaigns by train may not be the agent of change he says he is.

Forget flag lapel pins, host Jon Stewart said. Forget Rev. Wright. “I can tell you what the real concern is," the Comedy Central host deadpanned. "... Sir, we are concerned, that ultimately at the end of the day, if you are fortunate enough to win the Democratic nomination, if you are fortunate enough to become president of the United States, will you pull a bait and switch, sir, and enslave the white race?"

Stewart shouted: "Is that your plan? And if it is your plan, be honest! Tell us now!”

Obama laughed: “That is not our plan, Jon," he intoned. "But I think your paranoia might make you suitable as a debate moderator.”

Earlier in his monologue, Stewart chided Obama's whistle-stop train tour that took him to Hopeton, Pa., "touting his message of change -- because nothing says 'looks to the future' like rail travel!"

"What? What are you doing?" Stewart said, giving a quizzical look, as viewers saw an image of Obama riding a 19th-century bicycle. "Barack Obama, meet him in the future, America, and save him a seat. He’s going to be a while."

One other interesting Obama response came after Stewart asked if Clinton's assaults meant the "Republican attack machine" would have less ammunition to use if Obama's the Democratic nominee. The Illinois senator said: “There is no doubt that Sen. Clinton has done me a favor. She has put me through the paces. This is like spring training. So, should I get the nomination, everything’s gonna be over by October."