Jimmy Fallon Gives Joe Biden An Effusive ‘Tonight Show’ Interview – Deadline


President Joe Biden’s first late-night appearance since becoming president was on very friendly terrain: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, in which the host was pretty effusive throughout and largely stayed on the White House topic points.

“You are bringing class back to the office,” Fallon told the president, making pretty clear where his affinity lies, having endured criticism for his light-hearted interview with Donald Trump in the midst of the divisive 2016 presidential campaign.

There were many advantages for the White House in doing the interview, as Biden got to stick to his talking points on the infrastructure bill, the Build Back Better Act and the Covid-19 relief package without facing any kind of serious follow ups. It’s likely that Fallon’s broadcast rivals, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, would have slipped in a couple of questions with a harder edge, even if there is no secret where their allegiances lie.

The chief drawback to the Fallon interview was that it was not in studio and still virtual: Biden was not as relaxed as in past in studio appearances, and he stuck so much to the talking points in the initial portions of the Fallon interview that the president seemed more like he was making the rounds on the Sunday morning talk show than a late night guest shot.

Perhaps the funniest moment was when Fallon asked Biden, “How much do you pay attention to your approval rating?” “Well, not anymore,” the president responded.

“I would pay attention when they’re in the mid-60s, but now they’re in the 40s, I don’t pay attention anymore.”

More to come.




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