President Obama made his third visit to Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” since his election. In a wide-ranging interview he blasted Donald Trump, GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock and repeatedly urged voters to get out to the polls.
In viewer submitted questions, he was asked about driving a car and his take on “Romnesia.” He was also asked to end the NHL lockout.
Mourdock caused an uproar when he said women should not be allowed to get an abortion in rape cases. Obama would have none of that. “Rape is rape. It’s a crime.”
President Obama on the Tonight Show
“These various distinctions about rape don’t make too much sense to me, don’t make any sense to me,” he said.
He poked fun, again, at Trump, who came out yesterday with his big October surprise. He offered $5 million to any charity of the president would produce his college records and passport application.
“What’s this thing with Trump and you?” Leno asked. “It’s like me and Letterman. What’s he got against you?”
“You know, this all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya,” the president deadpanned, causing Leno and the audience to burst into laughter.
“We had constant run-ins on the soccer field,” Obama explained. “He wasn’t very good and resented it. When we finally moved to America, I thought it would be over.”
The president also revealed that he has actually never personally met Trump, although they were in the same room together at the White House Correspondent’s dinner two years ago.
On a more serious note, Leno asked the president about the rise of voter ID laws in a number of states. He said states should be trying to make it easier to vote, not more difficult.
Responding to viewer questions, Obama revealed that he’d secretly taken a Chevy Volt, hybrid electric car for a spin around the White House grounds. But he said the Secret Service was determined to prevent him from leaving, and ordered a lockdown on all the gates.
The appearance was Obama’s fifth on the show, according to the network, and his third since taking office.His first two appearances in 2006 and 2007 were before his election. He became the first sitting president to visit a late night talk show in March 2009.