Update: Full video is below
The President went on the Tonight Show to chat with Jay Leno about giggly stuff such as the nation’s wrenching financial crisis.
According to the New York Times, President Obama took a swing at the back-biting and blame game in the nation’s capitol. “In Washington, it’s a little like ‘American Idol,’ except everybody is Simon Cowell.”
The always-cool commander-in-chief had to work hard to straddle his position and Leno’s funnies.
“For instance, he looked taken aback when Mr. Leno joked that the president had laid the problems of the banking sector at the doorstep of the Treasury secretary, Timothy F. Geithner. “I love how you say it’s his problem,” he said.
Mr. Obama stared at him for a few seconds, stone-faced. Then he broke into a laugh, as if finally getting the joke.”
“Look, I understand Congress’ frustrations,” he told Leno, according to the WSJ, and suggested “legislators were being more vindictive than constructive.”
“Everybody’s angry… but I think that the best way to handle this is to make sure that you close the door before the horse gets out of the barn. And what happened here was the money’s already gone out, and people are scrambling to try to find ways to get back at them,” he said.
He also made a crack comparing his bowling abilities to the Special Olympics. That’s sure to get some buzz, too.
Watch the full video below.