Prez Proves He’s ‘Survivor’-Savvy in Appearance with Leno

President Obama with Jay Leno on NBC Tuesday (Photo: NBC)

President Obama with Jay Leno on NBC Tuesday (Photo: NBC)

President Obama made a reference to CBS’ “Survivor” in answering a question posed by Jay Leno.

In a “Tonight Show” appearance taped Tuesday afternoon for airing late that evening (11:35/10:35c), Leno asked the President to comment on the ongoing series of debates featuring the many Republican presidential hopefuls.

“Now, have you been watching the GOP debates?” Leno asked him.

Answered the TV-savvy prez, “I’m going to wait until everybody is voted off the island! Once they narrow it down to one or two, I’ll start paying attention!”

Elsewhere in their interview, Obama refrained from making any “Survivor” jokes when Leno asked him to comment on the violent death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. “Well, this is somebody who, for 40 years, has terrorized his country and supported terrorism,” Obama said.

Obama also discussed:

Al-Qaeda: “Al Qaeda is weaker than at any time in recent history.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “She has been as good a Secretary of State as we have seen in this country.”

Vice President Joe Biden: “Joe Biden is not only a great vice president but he has been a great adviser and a great friend to me.”

Comments he made recently criticizing “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”: “I am probably a little biased against reality TV, partly because you know there’s this program on C-SPAN called ‘Congress’!”

It was the President’s fourth visit to Leno and “The Tonight Show,” and his second as President. Other than musical guest Yo Yo Ma, the famed cellist, Obama was Leno’s only guest, and he stuck around for three segments.

Leno asked him about the state of partisan politics in Washington and Obama accused politicians of both parties of “putting party ahead of country or putting the next election ahead of the next generation.”

Watch President Obama on “The Tonight Show” (you can fast-forward to 13:00 to see him, but then you would miss a stellar Leno monologue and a hilarious “Headlines”):

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