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Obama to Appear on Leno’s ‘Tonight Show’

Jay Leno may be leaving “The Tonight Show,” but before he departs, he’s going to get one last appearance from Barack Obama.

The White House is confirming that President Obama will be a guest on Thursday night’s program, during the president’s visit to the West Coast.

Generally presidential candidates show up on TV entertainment shows, but presidents don’t. The White House declined to say why President Obama is breaking tradition this Thursday, but Mr. Leno’s upcoming departure may have something to do with it. Another possibility is that the president wants to counter growing public outrage about AIG bonuses in a more conversational atmosphere.

Another consideration: people are getting their news from the entertainment shows than from actual news shows.

(Editor: Baumann)