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For a president sometimes faulted for his frosty relation with the media, Barack Obama has a decent - and growing - track record with talk show hosts.

The president will make his latest foray into late-night TV land when he arrives in Burbank on Tuesday to tape a spot on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The interview will air on Tuesday night's show.

In his advanced-hours television time thus far, the president has shown a certain affinity for Leno. He has appeared on the show five times already, three while serving as president.

David Letterman, by contrast, has hosted the president seven times, including two while Obama was the nation's chief executive. Jimmy Fallon has traded quips with the president once, during which Obama hoisted a microphone to "slow-jam the news." Jimmy Kimmel got then-candidate Obama via satellite back in 2008.

Flame-headed fan favorite Conan O'Brien has not had the pleasure since taking over at TBS, although he and Obama shared a spotlight when O'Brien cracked jokes at the most recent White House Correspondent's Dinner.

Obama has been broadcast on The Daily Show, the liberal Comedy Central touchstone, six times, two of those as president. He has also put in multiple appearances on The View, prompting criticisms that he prefers the softball questions inherent to the gentler conversing-on-a-couch format to tougher forms of media scrutiny.

The president has also faced flak -- including from The Bee's editorial board - for flying over the sprawling majority of California during his sojourns here.

PHOTO: President Barack Obama waves to the media as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington after returning on Marine One from Camp David, Md., where he spent his birthday Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. Associated Press/Jacquelyn Martin.


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