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President Obama Appears on ‘Leno’ During SoCal Visit

BURBANK, Calif. (KTLA) — President Barack Obama made an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Tuesday, his first stop on a two-day trip to the Southland.

The president touched down at LAX around 3:30 p.m. and headed to NBC Studios in Burbank.

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President Obama appears on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” (NBC Universal/ Aug. 6, 2016)

It was his sixth appearance on the show and his third as president.

Leno asked Obama about his recent lunch with Hillary Clinton, who is rumored to be considering a bid for the White House in 2016.

“I invited her, and we had a great time,” Obama said.

“She had that post-administration glow,” he joked. “When folks leave the White House, about two weeks later they look great,” he said.

The interview wasn’t entirely light-hearted, however. Leno also touched on the Trayvon Martin case and the president’s remarks in the wake of the verdict.

“What I wanted to try to explain was why this was a particularly sensitive topic for African-American families,” Obama said.

“A lot of people who have sons know the experience they have of being followed, being viewed suspiciously,” he said.

Outside NBC Studios, fans, would-be audience members and protesters lined the streets.

The president has been on a national tour promoting a new “grand bargain” that would cut corporate tax rates while also closing loopholes.

New revenue would be used for public infrastructure projects like building roads and bridges, which would create middle-class jobs.

The presidential motorcade affected traffic in parts of the San Fernando Valley, especially along Hollywood Way, Olive Avenue and Burbank Boulevard.

On Wednesday morning, Obama will head to Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, where he was expected to meet with military families.

The LAPD suggested drivers avoid the following areas between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.:

–Sherman Way and Hayvenhurst Avenue;
–Victory Boulevard and Canoga Avenue; and
–Canoga Avenue and Burbank Boulevard.

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