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Obama Stops by ‘Tonight Show’ During California Visit

though, Malia and Sasha, my daughters, they’re just not as impressed. The first time we went on Marine One -— right, you’ve got the Marines in front and they’re saluting you. And we go up and we’re passing the Washington Monument, circling around on the way to Camp David —- and Sasha looks over and she says, “Are those Starbursts?” (Laughter.) There’s, like, the candy in the little canister. (Laughter.) That’s —- “Can we have some?” (Laughter.)

So they’re splitting up the Starbursts and we’re flying over the Lincoln Memorial. So they got a whole ‘nother level of cool. (Laughter.)

Leno: Now, are they going to put a basketball —- I imagine the bowling alley has been just burned and closed down.

The President: No, no. I have been practicing all —- (laughter.)

Leno: Really? Really?

The President: I bowled a 129. (Laughter and applause.)

Leno: No, that’s very good. Yes. That’s very good, Mr. President.

The President: It’s like — it was like Special Olympics, or something. (Laughter.)

Leno: No, that’s very good.

The President: No, listen, I’m making progress on the bowling, yes.

Leno: And how about, are you going to put in a basketball court?

The President: Oh, yes. Yes. Well, we have a basketball court already at Camp David. We just had a little rim that was inadequate —- (laughter) —- at the White House. But there are tennis courts, so we’re going to just get those —- you know, those rims that you can roll in and out. And then we’ll just put them on either —-

Leno: Let me ask you, when people —- Mr. President, would you like to play? Yes, I would. Do they throw the game? Come on. (Laughter and applause.)

The President: I don’t see why they would throw the game — except for all those Secret Service guys with guns around. (Laughter.)

Leno: Yes, exactly.

The President: I will say that I don’t think I get the hard fouls that I used to. Usually I don’t —-

Leno: Yes, Reggie goes, ohhh, I missed, ohhh. (Laughter.)

The President: Reggie doesn’t do that. This is Reggie Love, my assistant. He played for Duke, very competitive guy. He doesn’t let me win because, as he pointed out, if you lose to Obama you never hear the end of it. (Laughter.)

Leno: See, there you go. Now, have you picked a final four?

The President: I did.

Leno: Okay. How about your final one, who do you got?

The President: I got North Carolina Tar Heels. (Applause.)

Leno: North Carolina.

The President: I think I got —- I got a hard time from Reggie, because he played at Duke, and you know, Coach K, being competitive, I think was a little —- you know, pushed back a little bit today. And I understand that. That’s what you want. You want everybody to be competitive. I think these are all great teams.

Leno: Like, do you look at the whole picture when you do that? For example, isn’t that a swing state? (Laughter and applause.) I’m just saying, are you looking at the whole picture when you pick?