Which politician took the most grief from Jay Leno?
February 4th, 2014
07:38 PM ET
7 months ago

Which politician took the most grief from Jay Leno?

(CNN) - As "The Tonight Show" host Jay Leno prepares for his final show Thursday, a study of the comedian's jokes show former President Bill Clinton was his top political target during his tenure.

The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University analyzed 43,892 jokes about public figures and public affairs over the past two decades. The study lists the top 20 politicos who took heat from Leno.

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Filed under: Al Gore • Bill Clinton • George W. Bush • Hillary Clinton • Jay Leno • President Obama
January 23rd, 2014
11:45 PM ET
7 months ago

Boehner on why he won't run for president

Updated 11:45 p.m. ET, 1/23/2014

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner laid out why he won't be running for president, telling "The Tonight Show" host Jay Leno it just isn't worth what he'd have to give up.

"I like to play golf. I like to cut my own grass. I do drink red wine. I smoke cigarettes, and I'm not giving that up to be President of the United States," Boehner said Thursday.
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Filed under: Jay Leno • John Boehner
McCain 'looking very seriously' at sixth Senate run
January 7th, 2014
07:48 AM ET
8 months ago

McCain 'looking very seriously' at sixth Senate run

(CNN) – While a majority of members in Congress are focusing on the 2014 midterm elections, one Senator is looking ahead toward his potential 2016 re-election plans.

Sen. John McCain said he is still "looking very seriously" at a sixth Senate run in 2016 during an interview on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Monday night.
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Filed under: 2016 • Jay Leno • John McCain • Senate
November 20th, 2013
09:10 AM ET
9 months ago

Should Jeb run? No Bush family consensus

(CNN) – Former President George W. Bush and his mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, apparently don't see eye-to-eye over whether Jeb Bush should run for the White House in 2016.

In an interview with Jay Leno Tuesday night on NBC's "The Tonight Show," the former president said his brother should "run for President if he wants to. He'd be a great one."
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Filed under: Barbara Bush • George W. Bush • Jay Leno • Jeb Bush
November 20th, 2013
07:14 AM ET
9 months ago

George W. Bush tells Jay Leno: Not worried how history will judge

(CNN) – It seems George W. Bush can take a joke - and tell one.

But before the former President sat down with Jay Leno on the Tonight Show late Tuesday, the comedian turned his successor, Barack Obama, into the brunt of his hard jabs.

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Filed under: George W. Bush • Jay Leno
Romney weighs in on Washington controversies
May 18th, 2013
11:36 AM ET
1 year ago

Romney weighs in on Washington controversies

(CNN) – Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno on Friday and weighed in on the barrage of controversies plaguing the White House in recent weeks.

The former Massachusetts governor said he's “over” the election but is "not a fan of the president." He said a special counsel should be appointed to investigate the Obama administration and the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
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Filed under: 2013 • IRS • Jay Leno • Libya • Mitt Romney • Obama administration • Washington D.C.
Gingrich and Snooki break it down
July 19th, 2012
12:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich and Snooki break it down

(CNN) – Newt Gingrich admitted Wednesday he's never seen the popular "Jersey Shore" TV show but he'd think about stopping by the famed beach house sometime.

Sharing the stage with "Jersey Shore's" Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, the former Republican presidential contender took a breather from politics to chat with the star, appearing with him on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
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Filed under: Jay Leno • Newt Gingrich • Snooki
Michelle Obama jokes with Jay Leno
February 1st, 2012
12:34 AM ET
3 years ago

Michelle Obama jokes with Jay Leno

(CNN) - We're getting a glimpse into what life is like in the White House including mentally preparing for a presidential campaign and sleepovers for the first daughters from first lady Michelle Obama as she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tuesday.

The first lady is in California raising money for her husband's campaign at Democratic National Committee fundraisers and also advancing her Let's Move initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.

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Filed under: Jay Leno • Michelle Obama
Paul claims Bachmann 'hates' Muslims
December 17th, 2011
12:31 PM ET
3 years ago

Paul claims Bachmann 'hates' Muslims

(CNN) – A day after a GOP presidential debate, White House hopeful Ron Paul upbraided rival candidate Michele Bachmann for disliking Muslims.

"She hates Muslims," Paul said on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Friday. "She wants to go get 'em."
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Filed under: 2012 • Iran • Jay Leno • Michele Bachmann • Ron Paul
On Leno’s show, Perry laughs off recent gaffes
December 2nd, 2011
12:39 AM ET
3 years ago

On Leno’s show, Perry laughs off recent gaffes

(CNN) - Rick Perry, who's no stranger to poking fun at himself, made light of his recent mishaps in an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Thursday night.

Asked about his debate "brain freeze," in which he forgot the third of three agencies he would cut as president, the GOP presidential candidate joked: "Well, you know, one, two, and then - uh, uh. It happens, man. Let me tell you."
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Filed under: 2012 • Jay Leno • Rick Perry
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