Just watched Jay Leno toss supersize softballs at Sen. Barack Obama on the “Tonight Show.��? Leno was buttering up and pandering to the Illinois Democrat, asking him to announce his anticipated 2008 presidential bid on his show.
“Have already committed to the Food Network,��? quipped the tieless Obama. He earlier pledged his formal announcement to Oprah. Go figure.
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Obama taped Leno Friday while in California for a panel at Saddleback Church for World Aids Day.
Leno seemed stuck a little in time, asking Obama if the 2004 Democratic convention which rocketed him to fame changed his life. Obama said it did not. Of course it did.
If nothing else, that convention speech sold tons of Obama’s first book and paved the way for a book deal that let him move from his modest condo to a $1.65 million mansion. (A real estate deal done with a local shady developer named Tony Rezko. Rezko was recently indicted on corruption charges.)
Obama’s top small inner circle of advisors gathered in the Chicago offices of media consultant David Axelrod this week to map strategy for and to evaluate Obama making a 2008 run.
Regarding a White House announcement, Obama told Leno that the time for a candidate to “dive in��? would be “early next year.��?