It says a lot about the intersection of politics and entertainment that President Barack Obama will pitch his economic recovery plan on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" tonight, Thursday, March 19.
Obama has broken a number of barriers, and now he'll be the first sitting president to make this kind of appearance on late night TV. Leno's couch usually hosts celebs pitching upcoming movies; now Obama, a unique type of celebrity, is pitching the economic future of the nation.
This appearance says that politics and the economy are such mainstream news,they fit right in with mainstream late-night programming. And it says that Obama is desperately seeking to reach the American public in a format they're familiar with, to speak directly to them in a language they understand, unmediated by the press. Forget about the traditional press conference format — Obama is trying to show he's a man of the people.