From the White House Pool Report:
On the Secret Service scandal”
On Fallon show, Obama said of Mitt Romney, “I’ve met him, but we’re not friends. His wife is lovely.” He said Romney “seems like somebody who cares about his family.”
“The Secret Service, these guys are incredible,” Mr. Obama said. “They protect me, they protect our girls. A couple of knuckleheads shouldn’t detract from that they do. What they were thinking, I don’t know. That’s why they’re not there anymore.”
Obama on stage.â€” Jarrard Cole (@jarrardcole) April 24, 2012
The Roots are keeping the crowd going through the commercial breaks. #ObamaonFallonâ€” Jarrard Cole (@jarrardcole) April 24, 2012
Fallon suggests Obama trip getting onto Air Force One. Obama: “I don’t find that that funny.” #obamaonfallonâ€” Jarrard Cole (@jarrardcole) April 24, 2012
Make up touch-ups during the commercial break. Just for Fallon tho. #obamaonfallonâ€” Jarrard Cole (@jarrardcole) April 24, 2012
Fallon now showing pics of Obama in college. Obama points out his fro and fur collar. #ObamaonFallonâ€” Jarrard Cole (@jarrardcole) April 24, 2012
White House photo pool just allowed in during the commercial break.â€” Jarrard Cole (@jarrardcole) April 24, 2012
Fallon broaching the Secret Service scandal. Obama: “a couple of knucklehead shouldn’t detract from what [the SS] does.” #ObamaonFallonâ€” Jarrard Cole (@jarrardcole) April 24, 2012
Obama: “that’s why they’re not there anymore.” re secret service agents #ObamaonFallonâ€” Jarrard Cole (@jarrardcole) April 24, 2012
Obama says he won’t be legalizing marijuana anytime soon. #ObamaonFallonâ€” Jarrard Cole (@jarrardcole) April 24, 2012
“We’re not friends.” Obama on Mitt Romney. #ObamaonFallonâ€” Jarrard Cole (@jarrardcole) April 24, 2012
Obama is out. Dave Matthews up next. #ObamaonFallonâ€” Jarrard Cole (@jarrardcole) April 24, 2012
Obama’s “We’re not friends” quote was in response to Fallon’s question about how well they knew each other. Wasn’t spiteful. #ObamaonFallonâ€” Jarrard Cole (@jarrardcole) April 24, 2012
Fallon asked Obama if the campaign would get ugly. Obama didn’t say no, blamed Citizens United. #ObamaonFallonâ€” Jarrard Cole (@jarrardcole) April 24, 2012
The President has left the building. This has been one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done. #ObamaOnFallonâ€” jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) April 24, 2012
More from the White House pool report:
Taping of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon began at 2:17 p.m. at Memorial Hall on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. Fallon called it the “holy crap edition,” citing the president’s appearance.
People who couldn’t get tickets, he said, included “students, professors, Joe Biden.”
Noting that he had been on campus for two days to prepare, Fallon said, “I’ve been having the best time hanging out with the Secret Service.”
He said Obama promised not to pander to UNC students, although he thought it was strange when the president changed his campaign slogan from “Yes we can” to “Duke sucks.”
During a musical number, the students in the audience were on their feet, clapping and cheering.
After Fallon said he wanted to “slow-jam the news,” Obama came out from behind a curtain at 2:28 p.m., to wild cheers from the crowd.
“I’m president Barack Obama, and I, too, want to slow-jam the news,” the president said.
Mr. Obama then held a microphone and described the importance of keeping student loan interest rates low, while the band behind him played a moody, bluesy background music. Fallon came in with his own alternating riffs about Stafford loans.
Background singer serenaded Obama as “the POTUS with the most-est.”
When he came out to be interviewed, the president commented on the “Tar-Heel blue chairs” on the set.
Asked about watching sports on TV and basketball, POTUS said, “You gotta go with the Bulls.”
“I don’t get a chance to watch a lot of TV,” he said. “I’ll date myself when people ask me what kind of comedies I like, I’ll say ‘Groundhog Day.”
Audio in our room wasn’t great, at times it was hard to hear the interview clearly.
Asked about embarrassing moments of the presidency, he said “the worst thing at an official event” was when they were hosting human-rights activists who were receiving the Robert Kennedy award at the White House. He said he gave his speech and grabbed Michelle’s hand and began to walk out of the event, only to be told by a staffer that he was supposed to remain there.
“We had to turn around and walk back,” the president said.
Asked about his college experience, the president was describing it when Fallon displayed a black-and-white photo of Obama as a college-age student.
“Notice the afro,” the president said to laughs.
Obama then did a reiteration of his UNC speech, talking about the importance of college education and the need to avoid falling into “massive debt.” Talked about the issue pending before Congress.
“We didn’t finish paying off all of our student loans until about eight years ago, and I’m president of the United States,” he said of himself and the first lady.
What followed was a mostly serious discussion of student loans and clean energy investments.
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