Tuesday, April 24, 2012

President Obama And Jimmy Fallon

The segment airs tonight...
President Obama
taped a segment of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday afternoon at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, which host Jimmy Fallon dubbed "the holy crap edition," thanks to the President's appearance.

The interview from Memorial Hall airs tonight. After the President entered to wild cheers from the student audience, he and Fallon "slow jammed" the news, discussed student loans, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, legalizing marijuana, clean energy, and the Secret Service scandal in Colombia, among other topics. The President called the Secret Service agents involved "knuckleheads."

"The Secret Service, these guys are incredible," President 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."

A fan of the Tar Heels, the President made jokes, and poked fun at his hair and fur-collar jacket when Fallon showed photo from his college days.

"Notice the afro," the President said to laughs.

The stop in Chapel Hill was part of a two-day tour to urge Congress to pass legislation that will not double interest rates for student loans, and the President discussed his own student loans and those of First Lady Obama.

"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.

About Romney, who has recently been part of a Presidential dog fight, the President said: “We’re not friends; his wife is lovely," and he "seems like somebody who cares about his family.”

"This has been one of the most exciting things I've ever done," Fallon tweeted after the President departed.

Fallon visited the White House in February to film a Let's Move! fitness challenge with Mrs. Obama. The President traveled to the University of Colorado at Boulder after his stop in Chapel Hill.

*Photo by Pete Souza/White House