[WATCH] ‘Daily Show’ host capitalizes on awkward Obama-Putin exchange

ObamaQuestIf President Obama has lost “The Daily Show,” then he’s lost America. And given the recent climate for Obama in the United States, things aren’t looking good.

John Oliver, the show’s “foreign correspondent” and temporary replacement for Jon Stewart, lampooned President Obama’s recent overseas trip to Ireland and Germany, suggesting that his domestic troubles largely motivated it, during a segment on the show Wednesday night.

“He’s had a bit of a rough time domestically. None of this has made him very popular,” Oliver said. “He’s lost that being loved feeling. And so, like a hero from Greek mythology, he must travel to find that which he has lost in a place far from home – the journey begins.”

Two days after the G8 Summit — where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin — the president traveled to the Brandenburg Gate to gave a speech. But it was Obama’s encounter with Putin at the Ireland gathering that made headlines.

Their meeting was described as an “icy encounter,” and one which Oliver capitalized on.

“So maybe some face time with Putin is just what Obama needs to feel loved again. Respected. Cherished. Appreciated,” Oliver said.

A clip from CBS News then played, describing the president’s visit with Russia’s leader as “awkward. Tense. Cold. Indifferent,” hardly the adjectives Obama — and Oliver — expected.

The host then encouraged Obama to attempt to  “lighten the mood,” which — to say the least — fell flat.

“We compared notes on President Putin’s expertise of Judo and my declining skills of basketball,” Obama said. “We both agreed that as you get older, it takes more time to recover.”

“The president wants to relax me with his statement of age,” Putin said in return, not buying into the president’s attempt to ease the tension.

Oliver went on to suggest the reason for Putin’s iciness — accusations that he stole New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl ring.

Check out the hilarious — and awkward — segment below.

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