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Excerpts from "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"
and the opening monologue.

JAY LENO: It's an honor and a privilege to welcome my first

guest back to the show. Welcome the 44th President of the

United States, President Barack Obama.

(Applause.)

Welcome back.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you. It is good to be back.

JAY LENO: It's good to have you back, sir. Of course, the big

news this week, Gaddafi is dead. Rebel forces -- killed by rebel

forces. Your reaction? Your take on this?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, this is somebody who, for 40 years, has

terrorized his country and supported terrorism. And he had an

opportunity during the Arab spring to finally let loose of his

grip on power and to peacefully transition into democracy. We

gave him ample opportunity, and he wouldn't do it. And,

obviously, you never like to see anybody come to the kind of end

that he did, but I think it obviously sends a strong message

around the world to dictators that --

JAY LENO: Yeah.

THE PRESIDENT: -- people long to be free, and they need to

respect the human rights and the universal aspirations of people.

Embeddable Online Preview Clip: http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/president-obama-gaddafi-reaction-102511/1364455/

_______

JAY LENO: Let me ask you now, many members of -- many members of

the GOP opposed withdrawing from Iraq.

THE PRESIDENT: It's shocking that they opposed something I proposed.

Embeddable Online Preview Clip: http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/president-obama-gop-iraq-102511/1364454/

_______

JAY LENO: See, here's the problem. And the thing that angers me

and I think a lot of Americans is I didn't like what they did to

President Bush. I don't like when they do it to you. When

Mitch McConnell says, "Our goal is to make this guy a one-time

president." I mean, why -- does that anger you? How is that a

goal? That doesn't help the --

THE PRESIDENT: Look, I think the things that folks across the

country are most fed up with, whether you are a Democrat,

Republican, Independent, is putting party ahead of country or

putting the next election ahead of the next generation.

_______

JAY LENO: Now, have you been watching the GOP debates?

THE PRESIDENT: I'm going to wait until everybody is voted off

the island before --

(Applause.)

Once they narrow it down to one or two, I'll start paying attention.

Embeddable Online Preview Clip: http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/president-obama-gop-debates-102511/1364457/

Additional Embeddable Online Preview Clip:

White House Halloween: http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/president-obama-halloween-102511/1364456/

JAY LENO'S MONOLOGUE

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2011

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS HERE TONIGHT. JUST A QUICK NOTE: THE GUY OUTSIDE PATTING EVERYBODY DOWN BEFORE YOU CAME IN TO SEE THE PRESIDENT, HE'S NOT SECRET SERVICE HE JUST HANGS AROUND HERE. HE'S HERE EVERY NIGHT...SO DON'T EVEN BE BOTHERED BY THAT.

AS YOU KNOW, THE PRESIDENT IS HERE IN L.A. HE'S RAISING MONEY FOR A HUGE DISASTER RELIEF PROJECT. IT'S CALLED NBC. WE CAN'T LET ANOTHER CORPORATION GO UNDER. THAT'S RIGHT.

IT FEELS WEIRD BECAUSE WE ARE TAPING THE SHOW EXTRA EARLY TONIGHT. IT'S RARE THAT WE CHANGE WHAT TIME WE TAPE THE SHOW TO ACCOMMODATE A GUEST SCHEDULE. IN FACT, THE ONLY PEOPLE WE HAVE EVER DONE IT FOR IS THE PRESIDENT AND LINDSAY LOHAN. OTHER THAN THAT WE WOULD NOT CHANGE IT.

AS YOU KNOW, A LIBYAN REBEL HAS ADMITTED TO KILLING KADAFI. HE SAID HE SHOT KADAFI TWICE IN THE TEMPLE. TO WHICH MICHELE BACHMANN SAID, "I DIDN'T KNOW THE WAS JEWISH."

THEY SAY MOAMMAR KADAFI MAY HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE RICHEST MEN IN WORLD...TWO HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS. WITH ALL OF THE BILLIONS HE HAD, HE SPENT VERY LITTLE ON EDUCATION OR HEALTH CARE FOR HIS COUNTRY. SO, I GUESS HE WAS A REPUBLICAN.

EARLIER TODAY RICK PERRY UNVEILED HIS NEW TAX PLAN. HE SAYS HE WANTS A FLAT TAX. HE BELIEVES THAT THE TAX SHOULD BE FLAT JUST LIKE THE EARTH. THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO HAVE.

IN AN INTERVIEW WITH PARADE MAGAZINE, RICK PERRY SAID THAT AFTER MEETING WITH DONALD TRUMP...THERE'S A MEETING OF THE MINDS RIGHT THERE...HE SAYS HE ISN'T SURE THAT OBAMA'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE IS REAL. HE SAYS THERE IS ROOM FOR DEBATE. THE GOOD NEWS, PERRY LOSES EVERY DEBATE HE'S BEEN INVOLVED IN.

LINDSAY LOHAN HAS STARTED WORKING AT THE MORGUE AS PART OF HER COMMUNITY SERVICE. SO IF YOU HAVE RELATIVES THAT ARE RECENTLY DECEASED, YOU MIGHT WANT TO TAKE OF THEIR JEWELRY...JUST A WARNING.

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