7:48pm PT by Tina Daunt
Obama on Leno: Blasts Mourdock Rape Comment, Jokes About Trump and Kenya (Video)
President Obama taped an appearance on NBC's The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Wednesday night. From the White House Traveling Press Corps pool report and show transcript:
At The Tonight Show, President Obama blasted Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's rape comments, poked fun at Donald Trump and took a shot at photo identification voting laws passed by several states.
When Leno asked Obama about Mourdock's remarks, Obama said "rape is rape. It's a crime."
"You know, I don't know how these guys come up with these ideas," Obama said. "Let me make a very simple proposition. Rape is rape. It is a crime, and so these various distinctions about rape don't make too much sense to me, don't make any sense to me. The second thing that underscores it though is this is exactly why you don't want a bunch of politicians, mostly males, making decisions about women's health care decisions."
On Trump, Leno asked what's the deal between the real estate mogul and reality TV show host and the president? Trump offered Obama $5 million Wednesday if he released his college and passport records. Obama told Leno that the beef dates back to when he and Trump were growing up Kenya.
"We had constant run-ins on the soccer field," Obama said. "He wasn't very good and resented it. When we finally moved to America, I thought it would be over."
Obama then told Leno that he has never personally met Trump (though POTUS did skewer Trump at a White House Correspondents Dinner with Trump in the audience).
Leno then asked Obama about the spate of photo ID voting laws approved by several states. Obama called them a problem and said people should be making it easier to vote, not harder.
Leno also asked Obama whether he's asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to stay on the job if he's re-elected. Leno said Clinton has done a fine job. Obama agreed.
"She's done a wonderful job," Obama said. "I would love for her to stay." He added that "Despite my begging," he thinks that Clinton is looking forward to spending more time with her family.
Responding to questions submitted by the audience, Obama said that trick-or-treaters can expect to get candy if they knock on the White House door. He added that trick-or-treaters from Ohio can expect extra large Hershey bars.
Watch clips of Obama's Tonight Show appearance below.