Obama chats with Leno, talks about economy and “first family dog”


U.S. President Barack Obama wearing a bright red tie and an American flag pin on his lapel appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” Thursday. The president talks deftly from the economic crisis to the April arrival of a “First Dog” in the White House.
He also talked about family life in the White House, confirming a timetable for the First Family’s acquisition of a canine companion. He said that the dog would arrive after his planned trip to Europe in April.

“When we get back, the dog will be in place,” Obama said, adding his daughters Sasha and Malia were not the only ones looking forward to its arrival. “They say if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog,” he joked.

Obama also answered the question on how he deals with all of the criticism of his actions: Washington, D.C., he said, “is a bit like ‘American Idol’ except everybody’s Simon Cowell. Everybody’s got an opinion.”

Obama’s unconfortable joke

Leno also asked about life at the White House, and whether the president has used the bowling alley. He bragged about rolling a 129-point game and Jay Leno congratulated him but the president responded like (“It’s like — it was like Special Olympics, or something.”). Just watch the msnbc video report below:


Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said the president’s remarks were not meant to poke fun of the Special Olympics.

“The president made an offhand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics, Burton said. “He thinks that the Special Olympics are a wonderful program that gives an opportunity to shine to people with disabilities from around the world.”

In case you missed the interview you can watch the video of Obama on Leno and the Special Olympics comment below:

M Leno: Now, are they going to put a basketball — I imagine the bowling alley has been just burned and closed down.
Mr. Obama: No, no. I have been practicing all — (laughter.)
M Leno: Really? Really?
Mr. Obama: I bowled a 129. (Laughter and applause.)
M Leno: No, that’s very good. Yes. That’s very good, Mr. President.
Mr. Obama: It’s like — it was like Special Olympics, or something. (Laughter.)
M Leno: No, that’s very good.
Mr. Obama: No, listen, I’m making progress on the bowling, yes.