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President Obama on the Tonight Show: "Terrorists depend on the idea that we're going to be terrorized"

President Obama made his sixth appearance on Jay Leno's Tonight Show Tuesday.

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President Obama made his sixth appearance on Jay Leno's Tonight Show Tuesday.



Remember when a president going on a late night talk show would spark a flood of critical stories?

Hard to know whether this is progress, but President Barack Obama’s sixth appearance on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show Tuesday drew much less press attention than A-Rod or the Washington Post sale.



The media establishment seems to have accepted that our telegenic president will make regular stops with Leno, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart and The View as part of his communications strategy. (see my account of his Fallon stop here.)

On Tuesday, he joked about never pushing back when wife Michelle makes fun of his gray hair – “That's why we’re celebrating our 21st (anniversary),” he quipped – but also talked on the NSA’s spying program, Edward Snowden and the closing of embassies across the Middle East in the wake of a Al Qaeda threat.

Used as we all are to Obama trading jokes on a late night talk show couch, it was odd to see his first public comments on the terrorism threat which emerged this week come from a question presented by Leno.

“Terrorists depend on the idea that we’re going to be terrorized,” said Obama, while also cautioning Americans to exercise “some common sense and some caution” while traveling abroad during this time. “We’re going to live our lives.”

See clips of the appearance below; as always, feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts, too.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 9:04am]


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