[Videos] President Obama Stops By Jay Leno: Speaks On The NBA Lockout, Kardashians, Gaddafi & Occupy Wall Street
Last night, President Obama stopped by ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ to discuss various topics including the ongoing NBA lockout, why he is not so keen on “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” Halloween and his visit to Roscoes Chicken and Waffles in LA. During the interview, the President also discussed the war in Iraq, the execution of Muammar Gaddafi and the Occupy Wall street movement. Check out excerpts from the interview below.
On the NBA lockout
Well, look, if you look at the NFL, they were able to settle theirs — and I think they understood. Players were making millions of dollars. Owners, some of us are worth billions of dollars. We should be able to figure out how to split a $9 billion pot so that our fans, who are allowing us to make all of this money, can actually have a good season. And I think the owners and the basketball players need to think the same way.
I think they need to remind themselves that the reason they are so successful is because a whole lot of folks out there love basketball. Basketball has actually done well, but these types of lockouts take a long time to recover from.
On “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”
I’m probably a little biased against reality TV [cue rimshot!], partly because there’s this program on C-Span called Congress. But no, I have not seen the show…[but] I think the girls have seen it.
On Muammar Gaddafi
Well, this is somebody who for 40 years, has terrorized his country and supported terrorism. And he had an opportunity during the Arab spring to finally let loose of his grip on power and to peacefully transition into democracy. We gave him ample opportunity, and he wouldn’t do it. And, obviously, you never like to see anybody come to the kind of end that he did, but I think it obviously sends a strong message around the world to dictators.
On why pictures of Osama Bin Laden’s dead body were not released to the public
There was a reason after Bin Laden was killed, for example, we didn’t release the photograph. You know, I think that there’s a certain decorum with which you treat the dead even if it’s somebody who has done terrible things.
On Occupy Wall street
Look, people are frustrated, and that frustration has expressed itself in a lot of different ways. It expressed itself in the Tea Party. It’s expressing itself in Occupy Wall Street. I do think that what this — what this signals is that people in leadership, whether it’s corporate leadership, leaders in the banks, leaders in Washington, everybody needs to understand that the American people feel like nobody is looking out for them right now. And, traditionally, what held this country together was this notion that if you work hard, if you are playing by the rules, if you are responsible, if you are looking out for your family, you are showing up to work every day and doing a good job, you’ve got a chance to get ahead. You’ve got a chance to succeed. And, right now, it feels to people like the deck is stacked against them, and the folks in power don’t seem to be paying attention to that. So if everybody is tuned in to that message and we are working every single day to figure out how do we give people a fair shake and how do we make sure that everybody is doing their fair share, then people won’t be occupying the streets because they will have a job and they will feel like they are able to get ahead. But, right now, they are frustrated. And part of my job over the next year is to make sure that if they are not seeing it out of Congress at a minimum, they are seeing it out of their President, somebody who is going to be fighting for them.
On what he order at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles
Wings and waffles with hot sauce. Originally, it was just a way to be out there and say hi to everybody, but once we got in the car, it smelled pretty good.
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