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"Tonight Show" Is Friendly Turf For President Obama

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There were some serious moments but President Barack Obama's appearance
on the "Tonight" show with Jay Leno was hardly contentious.

Obama is the first sitting president to visit the "Tonight"
show and he did spend some time defending treasury secretary
Timothy Geithner (GYT'-nur) from recent criticism. Obama says his
treasury secretary has taken the right steps against a host of

Obama said he was stunned when the bonuses to executives at
federally bailed out AIG became public knowledge. He also says the
payments symbolized a larger issue of Wall Street's "attitude of

At the end of Obama's visit, a beaming Leno said it had been
"one of the best nights" of his life.