It will be the second time in his term the president will appear on Leno’s show, according to our POTUS tracker. He has also appeared on the “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and the “Late Show with David Letterman”since taking office.
Leno last interviewed the president on March 19, 2009 (see the transcript).
Almost a year ago, Obama wasn’t in a very humorous mood as Stewart tried to ply him with jokes. The most memorable comment Stewart coaxed out of the president was a face-palm worthy quote about his top economic adviser that hearkened memories of George W. Bush post-Katrina.
“Larry Summers did a heck of a job figuring out —” Obama started before audience members began to giggle.
“You don’t want to use that phrase, dude,” Stewart said, setting up a slew of snarky “Dude-in-chief” headlines.
Obama also sat with Leno’s chief rival Letterman in September 2009.
In other TV news, NBC yesterday ordered a pilot for a sitcom about the first family, the Post’s Lisa de Moraes reported. Former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett is one of several exeutive producers of “1600 Penn.”