President Obama stopped by Jay Leno's show last night to chat with him and explain a few things. He was there for about 25 minutes of TV time. I was a little apprehensive at first, because this doesn't feel all that presidential, but then I read a comment that this was basically a modern version of FDR's fireside chat. Playing to the crowd is what presidents do. One interesting thing to note: the crowd goes wild not necessarily when Obama cracks a joke, but when he makes a statement a principle or says something reassuring.
What's great about watching Obama here is that he clearly just likes being president. This was one of Carter's failings: he didn't seem to like being president. He likes the perks, but he also relishes the challenges. That sure wasn't true of the last occupant.