The Washington Post

Obama cracks one-liner, gets serious on Tonight Show with Jay Leno

In his ongoing effort to reach the widest audience possible to boost his political fortunes, President Obama hit the late night television circuit Tuesday, taping an appearance on the top-rated Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

The Comedian-in-Chief got comfy in Leno’s guest couch for three segments that will air on Tuesday night’s show at 11:35 p.m., and he got off at least one good one-liner.

Has the president been watching the Republican debates, Leno asked.

“I’m going to wait until everybody’s been voted off the island,”Obama responded, drawing laughs from the host and the audience, along with a rim shot from the band.

Other preview clips sent out by NBC, however, show Obama and Leno engaged in more serious talk about the recent death of former Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi and Republican pushback to his administration.

The appearance marked the fourth time on the show for Obama and the second during his presidency. The stop at the NBC studios in Burbank, Calif., came during Obama’s three-day West Coast road swing, during which he has raised money for his 2012 re-election campaign and talked about his efforts to boost the economy.


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David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.


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