In an interview aired on MSNBC Tuesday, outgoing “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno made a number of candid revelations about his personal political views. He said he considers himself a fiscal conservative, but also a social liberal.
The interview came the same night Leno’s interview with President Obama aired on NBC.
Leno also praised Obama, who he said he likes, for “speaking from the heart” and referencing his own racial experiences when talking to the nation about Trayvon Martin. Obama recently said Martin could have been him 35 years ago.
Leno later compared Russia’s current effort to persecute homosexuals to “Germany 1933″ under Adolf Hitler.
The legendary late-night talk show host went on to say of President Obama, “He thinks the way I think.” Leno said most people like Obama as a man and believe he is trying to improve the country.
Remembering his past interview with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Leno said the Republican was “too narrow-minded for me.”
Watch part of the interview below:
During his interview with Leno on NBC’s “Tonight Show,” President Obama said the threat of an imminent terrorist attack against Americans is, in his words, “significant enough that we’re taking every precaution.”
In his first comments on the latest security threat from al-Qaeda, Obama said Tuesday that Americans should go ahead with summer travel plans abroad despite global travel warnings. But he said they should “show some common sense” and recognize that some countries are more dangerous than others.
He didn’t specify which countries posed the greatest threat. He also wouldn’t say whether the U.S. learned of the threat through National Security Agency Surveillance programs.
Nineteen U.S. embassies and consulates in 16 countries have been ordered closed to the public until Saturday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.