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. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    No... but I remember him on Letterman doing the same thing.
    God bless you. I haven't been 100%.

    October 22, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. tommariner

    A Rock Star President deserves a seat on the couch where entertainment types sit. It has been entertaining, but the country is desperate for an administrator who will keep the lights on in the Oval Office until the time the Tonight Show airs - because he feels the job is important. And who will run in 2016 based on "If you like what we have done for the past four years, reelect us" instead of "binders".

    I wish we could split the Presidency so that we had one guy who would be photographed on the golf course and the basketball court and appear on the Stewart Show, and another to solve the economic disaster and run a rational foreign policy.

    October 22, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. truth hurts

    2020 – The fact the president can laugh at himself gives a comfort he is human, one of us.

    We all laughed at him at first too. Clueless and inept. But after four years of incompetence and failure, millions are now crying and still out of work. Time to end this long national nightmare in a few weeks.

    October 22, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. truth hurts

    Obama is getting in all the celebrity appearances he can before his free ticket gets revoked in a few weeks. It has become painfully clear he is more interested in hob knobbing with the Hollywood elite and appearing on talk shows, than in getting this country back to work.

    October 22, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Dean

    Maybe he can bring Biden along for 'Stupid Pet Tricks'.

    October 22, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Howard

    Obama has been using, and exploiting the middle class and below, since day one. In reality, his failed policies have raised the prices of everything they need to survive. Thanks to Obama, the children and grandchildren of the middle class and below, will suffer with enormous Obama spending and debt. Immigrants, who risked everything to come here, are also being exploited by Obama, for their votes ... for Obama is systematically eliminating opportunities for individuals to build a business, and provide a better life for their children. Obama is turning America into the same kind of third world country, these people escaped from. And, regarding religion ... Obama uses religion, when it benefits him. He attended Wright's anti-American, racist church for TWENTY YEARS, to establish a political base with the black community ... only to throw them under the bus, when they became a political liability.

    October 22, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Obama, the actor, going where all actors go, to talk about their latest roles.......the Tonight Show.

    Too bad he won't appear on any objective news program, for a truly serious discussion.

    October 22, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. freedom

    Soon, Obama will have the opportunity to host his own variety show. He is the most un-presidential president this country has ever experienced.

    October 22, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Critical Thinking

    This president is only comfortable with people who won't challenge him. He truly is an amature.

    October 22, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Raphael

    It is very sad that if there is something going wrong, the President should be responsible. Who is responsible of all the guns killings in USA? The President? Is President Bush responsible for 9/11? People are just evil and can hide evil thoughts in their hearts. I believe the President has done a lot to better USA image abroad. If you want to go back to bush time vot Romney!

    October 22, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    No... but I remember him on Letterman doing the same thing.
    God bless you. I haven't been 100%
    Get well soon, Rudy.

    October 22, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. 'Tonight Show'

    Obama belong on one of these shows permanently....his next 4-years gig....!

    October 22, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Mike500

    Seriously, he hasn't given a real news conference in months yet he has time to do talk shows.

    October 22, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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