Obama to visit Leno's 'Tonight Show'
October 22nd, 2012
11:51 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama to visit Leno's 'Tonight Show'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama takes a seat on Jay Leno's couch Wednesday, but hardly to relax - his appearance will come with just under two weeks left until Election Day.

The interview, which the White House announced Monday, on NBC's "Tonight Show" will also be approximately a week after he sat in the hot seat on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."

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On 'The Daily Show,' last week he and host Jon Stewart fit in a few laughs, but also discussed how his administration handled the situation in Libya and the second presidential debate.

Leno has landed his share of punch lines about the campaign. After Obama's performance at the first presidential debate was widely panned, Leno noted that the evening was also Obama's 20th wedding anniversary.

The first couple "celebrated at a restaurant called Bourbon Steak. That was the name of the restaurant they went to. Bourbon Steak," Leno said. "I understand (first lady) Michelle had the steak to celebrate the occasion. And the president had bourbon to help forget the debate."

It will be Obama's fifth appearance on "The Tonight Show," NBC said, and his third as president.

The president's 2009 sit down with Leno was the first time a sitting president appeared on a late-night comedy program for a purpose other than campaigning.

He appeared on the program during his first presidential bid, a campaign Leno joked about earlier this month in light of the latest job numbers.

"The good news for the White House is unemployment has dropped to 7.8%, right where it was when President Obama took office," Leno said. "So Obama's gone from 'change you can believe in' to 'can you believe there's no change?' "

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. 2020

    The fact the president can laugh at himself gives a comfort he is human, one of us.

    October 22, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. jpmichigan

    Once again business as usual, Mr. President. You spent more time on talk shows than you do in the oval office, doing the job you were elected to do. You have the gull to ask to move forward and be re-elected, now that's a joke on the American people. Like they say, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me". We are total done with your dog and pony show, of playing as President!!!

    October 22, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Borderless

    The only time Obama has had to face tough questions about his failed presidency was during the debates. That's why he likes venues like the Tonight Show and The View. They are totally in his corner and he doesn't have to be held accountable. What a complete disgrace as a president.

    October 22, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |

    Meanwhile..., as Obama laughs it up,
    Another $3 Billion dollars is added to your childrens debt under our 4 YEAR OLD progressive budget.

    October 22, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Barry In Las Vegas

    This is just NBC giving Obama more free ad time. California is in the bank for him – so who really cares. The people watching this show are voting for Obama anyway – so it's no big deal.

    October 22, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. JEN

    How about those people in Freeport IL that Romney is going to get millions of dollars for. They are LOSING their jobs becuase of Romney. Get a clue people, Romney doesn't have the answer and actually we are still waiting until he can give the FACTS on how he is going to cut taxes and create jobs.

    October 22, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |

    Ignore our ambassadors but play with Hollywoods elite.

    What a disgrace.

    October 22, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. JerzeyBoy

    Who cares, Leno watcher are BHO drones anyway.
    BHO is good showman, but one of the worst US Presidents in my lifetime, Carter being in 2nd place

    October 22, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    I think its funny how people have so much to say about the President, but republican candidate is not any better. He cant even answer simple questions and gives the nation the run around every time he is asked about certain issues. What hope does this country really have?

    October 22, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Phil

    I wonder who has appeared MORE on this show, Barry or his wife?
    This clown is more interested in the perks of being President then actually doing the job he was HIREd to do!

    October 22, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Charlie

    All this has become so tedious it makes me want to weep. A few months ago, I started reading the comments posted at the end of political articles hoping to gain some insight. Instead, it turned out to be people on both sides spouting off as though they had some kind of inside track to the truth when all they were doing was parroting back things they heard on TV and the internet. I detected no real thinking or research. I voted. If my guy wins, it will be months (possibly years) before I know if I made the right choice. It will be the same for all of you, if your candidate wins. Ultimately, neither candidate will be able to do anything but delay the inevitable downfall of this country.

    October 22, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Informed Voter

    Charm offensive!

    October 22, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. chilly g

    look peoples,obama is the best things to happen to this county in a long time and he deserve to be reelected. the
    republicans did every thing they could to make the president fail at all cost and they had some success in they effort
    which is the reason the economy is moving slow, from day one the republicans leader said thet only was to defeat
    the president at all cost no matter what happen to the county as long as the president is defeat in (4) years from now

    October 22, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Charlie

    Anonymous – None.

    October 22, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. Freefall

    How dare Obama promote his agenda. He should stay home and let Romney do the Geat Amereican Tour of Lies with out being so rudly challenged. Can't wait till this is over and the idiots in the right are once agian licking their wounds.

    October 22, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. jlgottfred

    I have a better idea, Mr. President. Go to your National Security Briefing instead. That way you help your ratings and not Leno's.

    October 22, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    Meanwhile, Flip the finger in the wind candidate goes on the mouthpiece Faux Snews to perpetuate his failings

    October 22, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Charlie

    Informed Voter – Nothing like linking two random words. Nothing like it.

    October 22, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. Phil

    I Don't know who's worse! Obama, Johnson or Carter! America was smart to not re elect either Carter or Johnson. Let's hope America hasn't fried all of its brain cells smoking the crap Obama has been passing around the last 4 years.

    October 22, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Anyone remember Romney on Lederman last year reading the Top10 list? Bet $10,000 he'll never try that again.

    October 22, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Gurgyl

    Yes, on Obama12. Period.

    October 22, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. Dee

    He is the President for all americans so it is nothing wrong with him reaching out to voters who watch TV and maybe can't attend the rallies this is why this President is likeable because he can relate to the 100% and know their pain.

    October 22, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Anyone remember Romney on Lederman last year reading the Top10 list?
    No... but I remember him on Letterman doing the same thing.

    October 22, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Al-NY,NY


    I Don't know who's worse! Obama, Johnson or Carter! America was smart to not re elect either Carter or Johnson. Let's hope America hasn't fried all of its brain cells smoking the crap Obama has been passing around the last 4 years.

    Professor Phil....".I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President. "

    try again

    October 22, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Geordie

    How about holding a few press conferences and answering some tough questions and attend your security briefings.
    Instead , Mr. Hollywood does the talk show circuit.
    What a joke this President has been , nobody is laughing..!!!

    October 22, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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