On Tuesday, President Barack Obama made his fourth appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno during his trip out West. The president discussed last week’s death of Libyan head of state Muammar Gaddafi and how televising it is “not something that I think we should relish” as well as the accomplishments in Iraq following the recent announcement that the troops would be home before the end of the year.
Despite his approval ratings hitting a new low of 41 percent, Pres. Obama says it’s to be expected right now:
You know, look, we have gone through the worst financial crisis, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. People are hurting out there, and they’ve been hurting out there for a while. And people were having a tough time even before the crisis. You know, incomes, wages, we are all flat. Costs of everything from college to health care to gas to food, all of it was going up, and so people were feeling a lot of pressure even before this crisis. And so I — every day I wake up saying to myself, “Look, you can’t expect folks to feel satisfied right now”.
The President adds, however, that he’s “proud of the work that we’ve done over the last two or three years…but we’ve got more work to do” and that “folks across the country are most fed up with…putting party ahead of country or putting the next election ahead of the next generation”.
Tackling the lighter subjects, the president commented that exercise helps him cope with the daily pressures of the job since he’s quit smoking. He admitted that First Lady Michelle Obama is in better shape than him and that he’d enjoyed the Country Boy Special from Roscoes Chicken and Waffles and had the presidential limo smelling like chicken.
President Obama said his biggest gripe of turning 50 is that his hair is turning gray. “Overall, I feel great. You know, Michelle thinks I look old, but that’s okay. She still thinks — she still thinks I’m cute. That’s what she tells me.”
Of course, the president couldn’t leave out his daughters, Malia and Sasha. He mentioned that “it’s amazing how steady, well-mannered, kind they are. You know, they are just good people”, which he attributes to Michelle and also having his mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, in the house.
MOVING FORWARD ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
The President headed to Denver, Colorado, Tuesday night, where he commented that “It is great to be back in Denver. I’ve got some fond memories here”, referring to 2008′s Democratic National Convention in which he accepted the party’s presidential nomination. Later today at the University of Colorado, he will announce a new plan to help students manage their student loan debt.