Obama on “Tonight” Critics

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In his town hall in Los Angeles today, President Obama brought up some of the criticism he has received for appearing on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” — the Dallas Morning News writes in an editorial that it “risks demeaning the Oval Office — given the economic crisis.

From the Los Angeles Times: “There are those who say these plans are too ambitious, that we should be trying to do less, not more,” said Obama. “Somebody today was saying I shouldn’t be on Leno, that I can’t handle that and the economy at the same time. Listen, here’s what I say. I say our challenges are too big to ignore, the cost of our healthcare is too high to ignore, our dependence on foreign oil is too dangerous to ignore, our education deficit is too wide to ignore.

“To kick these problems down the road, for another four years or eight years, that would be to continue to the same irresponsibility that led us to this position in the first place. I did not run for president to pass on our problems to the next generation, I ran for president to solve these problems.”

His appearance could be a function of his pop culture savvy. According to Politico, at today’s town hall the president called on a young, attractive male questioner, asking, “Is he on ‘Gossip Girl’ or something?”

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger introduced the president, and left little doubt that he’s not buying in to Republican opposition.

He tells Politico, “He’s so clear with his thinking and he’s so well informed and has been dealing with policy in all this and is also very philosophic, it’s almost like – I think he’s just like – I think it’s beautiful.”

SAG is picketing outside of NBC in Burbank, hoping to call the president’s attention to the impasse with management.

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