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When the going gets tough for Obama, it’s time to appear on The Tonight Show

Posted by danishova on March 16, 2009

Obama’s approval numbers are tanking.  Now the NYT Caucus blog reports:

President Obama will be making a guest appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Thursday, a White House official said, in a rare personal visit by a commander in chief to late night television.

Mr. Obama will swing by the Leno show as part of his trip to southern California. The White House official said that Mr. Obama plans to talk about the economy with Mr. Leno and said he will try to focus on substance, possibly a tall task given the show’s format.

Will he be funny? “As funny as the times allow,” the official said.

Presidential candidates often appear on television shows when they’re trying to get elected, but once successful, it is rare to find a commander in chief appearing on TV shows except as joke fodder. President Bush did show up on NBC’s “Deal or No Deal” last year, but it was in a taped appearance in which he voiced support for a contestant who had served three tours of duty in Iraq.

This could be a challenge for Obama because unlike his appearances on, say, The View, he can’t exactly flirt with Jay Leno.  No word on whether Obama will have his trusty teleprompter at hand.

Updates:

-   Nope, no teleprompter – with predictable results.

Jim Treacher channels Rodney Dangerfield and writes the gag lines Barry shoulda used for his “standup comedy act”.

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