April 25th, 2012
01:57 PM ET
(CNN) – Seemingly continuing his attempt this week to resonate with younger voters, President Obama professed his admiration for comedian Jon Stewart and the television show Homeland in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine hitting newsstands later this week.
The interview's release comes at the end of Obama’s two day trip to three colleges, during which he pressed Congress to stem off an expected increase in student loan interest rates. The president also appeared on comedian Jimmy Fallon’s show and participated in a sketch with the popular late night talk show host. It all appears to be an effort to drum up support with younger voters, a demographic that were among the president’s most fervent supporters in 2008.
“I like The Daily Show, so sometimes if I’m home late at night, I’ll catch snippets of that. I think Jon Stewart’s brilliant,” Obama told Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner. “It’s amazing to me the degree to which he’s able to cut through a bunch of nonsense – for young people in particular, where I think he ends up having more credibility than a lot of more conventional news programs do.”
And the President called Homeland – the Showtime series about a potential domestic terrorist – “a terrific psychological study.”
The White House maintains the president’s activities this week aren’t part of a particular effort to rally support with the youth demographic, even as there are signals the president might not be firing up younger voters the way he once did.
The president also recounted his now-famous rendition of an Al Green song at New York City fundraiser earlier this year.
“I can sing. I wasn't worried about being able to hit those notes,” he said.
Obama also previewed his likely attacks on presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
"I don't think that their nominee is going to be able to suddenly say, 'Everything I've said for the last six months, I didn't mean,'" Obama said. "I'm assuming that he meant it. When you're running for president, people are paying attention to what you're saying."
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