For the third time since being elected President, President Obama is taking to the late night television circuit to press his case for reelection to undecided voters. Obama is scheduled to make an appearance on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” on Wednesday.
President Obama is going to travel to Burbank, California to tape the episode, his third time on the show since swearing the oath of office and his fifth time overall. He is also letting NBC News Anchor Brian Williams spend two days on the campaign trail with him conducting multiple interviews in an atmosphere of unfettered access.
Obama had appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” last October to talk about the killing of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi.
Obama had told him at the time:
“Qaddafi had an opportunity during the Arab Spring to finally loosen his grip on power and peacefully transition to democracy. We gave him ample opportunity and he wouldn’t do it. Obviously, you never like to see anybody come to the kind of end that he did, but it obviously sends a strong message around the world to dictators that people long to be free.”
Speaking of the Libyan people’s display of the killing in such a public way:
“That’s not something we should relish. There’s a reason after [Osama] bin Laden was killed, for example, we didn’t release the photograph. I think that there’s a certain decorum with which you treat the dead even if it’s somebody who’s done terrible things.”
The timing is fitting that he again wants to take to Late Night television following a debate with challenger Mitt Romney, to be held tonight, which is focused on foreign policy. Recent reports suggest that the Obama Administration is preparing to announce that the U.S. and Iran are set to sit down for the first face-to-face talks since 1979. It is unknown if that announcement would help or hurt the President in the upcoming elections. While Romney is trying to avoid coming off as hungry to go to war, the President is also trying to allay fears that he is an appeaser.