President Obama says he's waiting for the Republican presidential field to narrow itself down "Survivor"-style before he starts paying attention to those seeking his job.
"I'm going to wait until everybody is voted off the island," Obama said, referring to the popular reality television show in which contestants are voted off in each episode.
Obama made the comment in appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show," his second stop on Jay Leno's show as president and fourth appearance overall. Obama taped the appearance in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning.
In excerpts released ahead of the show's airing Tuesday night, Obama also tackled more serious matters, including the killing last week of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The president said Gadhafi had his chance to loosen his 40-year grip on power and peacefully make a transition to democracy.
"I think it obviously sends a strong message around the world to dictators that people long to be free, and they need to respect the human rights and the universal aspirations of people," Obama said
When asked about GOP opposition to his decision not to keep U.S. troops in Iraq beyond the end of this year, Obama said: "It's shocking that they opposed something I proposed."
During a quick stop in San Francisco on Tuesday afternoon, Obama sought to draw a distinction between his economic plans and those of his GOP rivals.
"It's not as if we haven't tried what they're selling. We have. And it didn't work," he said during an event that attracted 200 people, each of whom paid at least $5,000 to attend.