Entries in Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (4)


Obama Jokes About Relationship with Romney: 'We're Not Friends'

Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty Images(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) --  With the general election now well underway, President Obama joked on Tuesday that he and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney don’t have much of a close personal relationship.

“I’ve met him, uh, but we’re not friends,” the president told NBC’s Jimmy Fallon, getting a big laugh from the late night crowd.  “He seems like somebody who cares deeply about his family.  His wife is lovely.”

Although the election is over six months away, the president seemed to admit the “getting to know you” phase is over.  Asked about possible attack ads on the horizon, he chuckled, “it’s not the best introduction.”

“Usually… you end up meeting him or her during debates,” Obama said of getting to know his political rivals.  “When you’re in a primary, then you typically know the folks you’re running against.  John McCain I knew because we served in the Senate together.  Mr. Romney was a governor so I didn’t have the occasion to get to know him very well.”

The president’s appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which was taped Tuesday afternoon at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was part of his ongoing tour to push for low student interest rates.

Obama conveyed his message, which he is also pitching in Colorado and Iowa, to the late night audience in a unique form: he slow jammed.

The president joined Fallon in the popular segment “Slow Jam The News.”  With The Roots laying the beat behind him, Obama looked into the camera and made his sales pitch, wooing young voters as he called for Congress to extend low interest rates on student loans.

“Now is not the time to make school more expensive for our young people,” Obama said as the camera pulled out to show Fallon.  “Ohhh yeah,” the comedian crooned.  “You should listen to the president or as I like to call him ‘the Preezy of the United Steezy.’”

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Obama Says ‘Knuckleheads’ Shouldn’t Diminish Secret Service

Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty Images(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) -- The actions of the “knuckleheads” accused of misconduct in the Secret Service scandal should not diminish the importance of the agency’s work, President Obama said Tuesday.

“The Secret Service, these guys are incredible,” the president told NBC’s Jimmy Fallon, according to press pool reports. “They protect me, they protect our girls. A couple of knuckleheads shouldn’t detract from what they do.”

“What they were thinking, I don’t know,” Obama said. “That’s why they’re not there anymore.”

A dozen Secret Service officials are being investigated for misconduct, including excessive drinking and cavorting with prostitutes, ahead of President Obama’s trip to Cartagena, Colombia, earlier this month. Six Secret Service personnel have since left the agency in the wake of the controversy.

The president’s interview, taped in Chapel Hill, N.C., will air in full Tuesday night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

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Bachmann: Fallon's 'Sexist' Song Slam Shows Media Double Standard

AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Michele Bachmann said NBC owed her an apology and said the offensive song the house band played during her appearance Monday on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon was sexist.

Bachmann, R- Minn., a GOP contender for president, said the network’s lack of apology was a double standard and that had Michelle Obama been on stage, the band’s drummer who chose the song would be suspended or fired.

If “that had been Michelle Obama and that song had been played, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized,” Bachmann told Fox News Channel on Wednesday.

At an appearance on the show Monday, Bachmann took the stage while the band, The Roots, played the refrain from the song “Lyin’ Ass Bitch.”

Bachmann attributed the lack of an apology by NBC to a “bias on the part of the Hollywood elite and sexism as well.”

She said playing such a song “wouldn’t be tolerated if it was Michelle Obama and shouldn’t be tolerated for a conservative woman.”

“This is an outrage,” she added.

Rep. Bachmann isn't alone. In a statement, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., said, "I do not share Michele Bachmann's politics, but she deserves to be treated with respect. No female politician -- and no woman -- should be subjected to sexist and offensive innuendo like she was last night."

After an initial tweet making light of the situation -- saying drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson was "grounded" for the intentional slam -- show host Jimmy Fallon tweeted an apology late Tuesday night, writing: “I’m honored that @michelebachmann was on our show yesterday and I’m so sorry about the intro mess. I really hope she comes back.”

Questlove released a statement through his spokeswoman Tuesday calling the song choice “tongue in cheek.”

NBC, however, has not issued an apology and requests for comment from NBC were referred to Thompson’s personal representatives.

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VIDEO: On 'Late Night,' Bachmann Zings Perry, Gets Dissed by Offensive Song Title

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Republican presidential contender Rep. Michele Bachmann pithily zinged competitor Gov. Rick Perry on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, but little did she know she too was the victim of a joke on the part of the house band.

As Bachmann walked across the stage to sit next to Fallon for the show that aired Monday night, house band The Roots played a refrain from the Fishbone song “Lyin’ Ass Bitch.”

Though the lyrics refer to a woman as a “slut trash can bitch,” the band only sang the “la, la, la” of the refrain.

The band’s drummer Questlove, sent a tweet prior to the show clueing viewers in on the song choice, writing: “late night walkon song devotees: you love it when we snark: this next one takes the cake. ask around cause i aint tweeting title.”

Later, he retweeted a fan’s reaction: “perfect entry song for her.”

On Fallon, Bachmann pushed her new book Core of Conviction, which was released Monday, and played a game of word association with the host in which she poked fun at her competition, particularly Perry.

Asked the one word that immediately came to mind when she heard Perry’s name, Bachmann quipped: “That’s not one word, I gotta do three: Governor. Texas. I can’t remember, oops.”

The joke references an infamous gaffe Perry made at a debate earlier this month when he could not remember the name of the third federal department he pledged to cut if elected president.

A spokeswoman for the Fallon show did not respond to a request seeking comment.  A spokeswoman for the Bachmann camp also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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