Democrats are pleased with the Republican party’s choice in presidential candidates, but it’s unclear how the GOP feels about their man, President Barack Obama joked to Jimmy Fallon this evening, taping his first appearance on Fallon’s Tonight Show.
Obama declined to formally endorse presumptive Dem nominee Hillary Clinton, who made history the previous night, becoming the first women to nab the POTUS nomination of a major political party.
(Talking to reporters trailing Obama on his way to the taping, White House Press Secy Josh Earnest had warned, “I do not anticipate any formal announcement of an endorsement in the presidential race from the President in advance of his meeting with Senator Sanders tomorrow, to be sure. That certainly would include the conversation that the President expects to have with Mr. Fallon tonight.” Obama is scheduled to meet with Sanders Thursday at 11:15 AM.)
Obama praised Clinton today as being “whip smart,” “tough,” and someone who “deeply cares about working people and putting kids through school and making sure we’re growing our economy.”
Of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who’s hindering Clinton by declining to suspend his campaign despite her sure-thing delegate count, Obama called him someone with “enormous energy” and “new ideas” who “made Hillary a better candidate.”
“Is he ever gonna drop out?” Fallon shot back.
Later he asked the president, “Speaking of reality TV, I don’t know if you saw The Apprentice?…Has Donald Trump called you for advice or talked to you at all?…You’ve given out some pretty good advice so far. But has he called and talked to you? I would call you,” Fallon said. “No,” Obama deadpanned. “No. He hasn’t.”
“No?” Fallon repeated, surprised.
“Not that I know of,” Obama clarified.
On that subject, Obama said even Democrats “want the Republican nominee to be somebody who could do the job if they win. And you want folks who understand the issues.”
“So I am actually not enjoying, and I haven’t been enjoying over the last seven years, watching some of the things that have happened in the Republican Party. Because there’s some good people in the Republican Party. There are wonderful Republicans out in the country who want what’s best for the country and may disagree with me on some things but are good, decent people.
“But what’s happened in that party, culminating in this current nomination, I think is not actually good for the country as a whole. It’s not something Democrats should wish for.”
Obama visited Jay Leno’s Tonight Show three times, but has not been a guest on the show since Fallon took over as host. The president was Fallon’s guest when the comic hosted NBC’s Late Night, and did a special broadcast from the campus of the University of North Carolina back in April 2012. They slow-jammed the news.
The appearance taped today will be broadcast two days after Clinton made history at Super Tuesday 5. Obama’s expected to endorse Clinton this week, but not before Thursday’s scheduled meeting with Sanders, who has vowed to continue his campaign through the Washington, D.C. primary next week and into the Dem convention in Philly.
The afternoon before the taping, the show announced Madonna would join Obama on Thursday’s edition of the show.
The NBC late-night show promised Obama’s episode would be “one of a kind.” It is already, being what we’re confident is the first time the President of the United States’ name has been used in a news release that also contains the words “Bitch I’m Madonna,” which is the name of the single Madonna performed last time she was on the show, in April 2015.