“[I’m] Very excited to have the president on the program tonight. You know it’ll be great talking to him on a one-on-one basis. Plus, it saves him the trouble of having to go through my e-mails and listen to my phone calls. You know, we can just talk one-on-one,” the comedian said in his opening monologue.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of the agency’s secret surveillance program to the Guardian newspaper and Washington Post which revealed that the NSA gathered U.S. phone records and tapped into nine U.S. internet companies looking for links to terrorists abroad.
Leno said the president will be reaching out to those who have lost their jobs and “that’s why he’s here with me tonight.”
NBC is paying Leno $15 million to end his contract early so that comedian Jimmy Fallon can take over.
“The White House announced that in the coming days President Obama will be reaching out to Americans who have lost their jobs. In fact, that’s why he’s here with me tonight. He’s going to talk to me personally,” Leno joked.
Leno ribbed Michelle Obama for her “Let’s Move” campaign, which encourages physical fitness and healthy eating.
“And as our studio audience knows, security today was incredible, wasn’t it? In fact, first lady Michelle Obama already had the Secret Service sweep the president’s dressing room for chips, pizza, ice cream, any kind of snack, donut, any kind of sweets,” Leno said.
The president turned 52 last weekend, and Leno said Obama is “getting a little grayer,” thanks to Fox News Channel.
“Have you noticed? In fact, they’re starting to call him the silver fox. That’s what they’re calling him – the silver fox. That’s cause the silver in his hair was caused by Fox. That was the problem. That’s why it’s silver,” Leno said.
The comedian also questioned Obama’s decision to send Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to Egypt to urge the country to move ahead with new elections to replace ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
“And President Obama has sent John McCain to Cairo to help solve the political problems that brought the Egyptian government to a halt. I got an idea, how about solving the problems that brought our government to a halt. Why don’t we start with that one first? Yeah, might be a good idea,” Leno said.
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