Barack Obama appearing on Leno

President will tape appearance Thursday

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has landed a spot on Jay Leno's late-night talk show, a chance for the president to add a light touch to his effort to get the economy back on track.

NBC said it will be the first time a sitting president has appeared on such a program.

The White House said Monday that Obama will visit "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" during his trip to Los Angeles on Thursday. NBC will tape the program and then air it that night, after Obama has returned to Washington.

Presidential candidates, Obama among them, have appeared on talk shows during their campaigns.
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