Los Angeles Times
Even in the annals of media, President Obama's appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on Thursday night isn't likely to be remembered as a watershed moment.
And in the short run - well, a run whose distance is yet impossible to measure - it is liable to be most newsworthy for a remark made in a clumsy attempt at humor. More on that later.
Obama went on the show for the same reason that other famous people do - to promote his latest project - and for the same reason that other famous people do: to clear up "A Few Misconceptions About Some Horrible Things You May Have Heard" before a large national audience, predisposed by habit to already be in a good mood. Whether or not you think Leno is funny, "The Tonight Show" is the Great American Talk Show, which makes him a kind of president of the United States himself.
Anderson Cooper goes beyond the headlines to tell stories from many points of view, so you can make up your own mind about the news. Tune in weeknights at 8 and 10 ET on CNN.
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