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Obama to appear on ‘The Tonight Show’ Tuesday

President Obama, shown here speaking to the media on March 1, 2013 in Washington, DC, has become a Tonight Show regular. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) President Obama, shown here speaking to the media on March 1, 2013 in Washington, D.C, has become a "Tonight Show" regular. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Obama will appear on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Tuesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney announced Wednesday.

Obama will hit three states on Tuesday, Carney said, talking about the middle class in both Arizona and Tennessee before traveling to Burbank, Calif. to tape an appearance on "The Tonight Show."

It will be Obama's sixth appearance with Leno, and his fourth since becoming president. In 2011 he engaged in a serious international affairs discussion with the late-night host, talking about Moammar Gaddafi's death and the planned withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq.

He is not above making a few jokes on the show, saying at one point that when it came to all the Republicans vying to defeat him in 2012, he was “going to wait until everybody is voted off the island” before paying attention to the contenders.

Will the president be funnier this year, now that he's won reelection? Carney didn't say, but the odds are in favor of better jokes when a politician is no longer facing voters again.

Juliet Eilperin is The Washington Post's White House bureau chief, covering domestic and foreign policy as well as the culture of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. She is the author of two books—one on sharks, and another on Congress, not to be confused with each other—and has worked for the Post since 1998.



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