Critics often argue that President Obama is fond of avoiding the heavy and going heavy on the humor during interviews on a late night couch, but in his latest appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, the president was shockingly frank on the major issues facing the U.S.
From the global terror threat, to Edward Snowden, Senator John Mccain and Hillary Clinton, he left few stones unturned.
“In his first remarks on the al Qaeda terror threat, President Obama insisting the U.S is not overreacting in closing 19 embassies through the end of the week,” reports CNN White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar.
“And while not saying the controversial NSA surveillance program turned up the latest threat information, the president called it a critical component to counterterrorism.”
"We don't have a domestic spying program,” President Obama said. “What we do have is some mechanisms where we can track a phone number or an email address that we know is connected to a terrorist threat. And that information is useful."
While it remains unclear if the president will visit Moscow for a previously planned one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin before the G20 Summit, he did confirm that he will attend the summit next month in St. Petersburg.
He also expressed his disappointment in Russia's decision to grant asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
“Hopefully at some point he'll go to trial, and he will have a lawyer and due process,” he said to Leno.
On a lighter note, President Obama laughingly disputed that Hillary Clinton was "measuring for the drapes" at their recent White House lunch saying, she's already been there and doesn’t have to measure them.
The president also talked about his "bromance" with former rival Sen. Mccain, joking that “that's how a classic romantic comedy goes.”
“Initially you're not getting along and then you keep bumping into each other.”