'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno': President Barack Obama makes history

After just 59 days in office, President Obama stopped by "The Tonight Show" for a casual chat about the state of the union. The March 19, 2009, event marked the first late-night visit by a sitting president, and the leader of the free world kept things light saying, "I do think in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100104900000000" title="Washington (U.S. state)" href="/topic/us/washington-%28u.s.-state%29-PLGEO100104900000000.topic">Washington</a> it is a little bit like 'American Idol,' except everybody is <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001160" title="Simon Cowell" href="/topic/entertainment/television/simon-cowell-PECLB001160.topic">Simon Cowell</a>. Everybody's got an opinion."

( Gerald Herbert / Associated Press / March 25, 2014 )

After just 59 days in office, President Obama stopped by "The Tonight Show" for a casual chat about the state of the union. The March 19, 2009, event marked the first late-night visit by a sitting president, and the leader of the free world kept things light saying, "I do think in Washington it is a little bit like 'American Idol,' except everybody is Simon Cowell. Everybody's got an opinion."

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