Taping a segment for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” today at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, President Obama said that “a couple of knuckleheads” shouldn’t distract from the rest of the work that the Secret Service does.
Obama was making his first appearance on Fallon’s show, in part to make a pitch for lower interest rates for student loans, but Fallon apparently asked of the Secret Service scandal, in which it was revealed that agents charged with protecting the president on his trip to South America solicited prostitutes.
Per a pool report, the president appeared on the show by appearing from behind a curtain and saying, “I’m President Barack Obama and I, too, want to slow-jam the news,” playing along with a popular segment on Fallon’s show.
He talked of student loans while the band behind him played moody background music.
“We didn’t finish paying off all of our student loans until about eight years ago, and I’m president of the United States,” Obama said of himself and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Update: NBC released an excerpt from the interview.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: What we’ve said is simple: now is not the time to make school more expensive for our young people.
JIMMY FALLON: Awww yeah, you should listen to The President, or as I like to call him, The Preezy of the United Steezy. Things were heating up inside Congress’ chambers, behind all those closed doors.
And this question from Twitter:
JIMMY FALLON: …if Mitt Romney was in the room with you right now what would you say to him?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I would say, hey Mitt. How you doing?
JIMMY FALLON: That’s pretty good. Do you know Mitt.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I have met him, but he, but we’re not friends. He seems like somebody who cares deeply about his family, and his wife is lovely.
Photo from NBC “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” by Lloyd Bishop.