October 25th, 2011
05:06 PM ET
Denver (CNN) - Seesawing between comedic and somber tones during a stop on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday, President Obama took swipes at Republicans in Congress and claimed he has yet to focus on the GOP presidential contest.
“Look, I think the things that folks across the country are most fed up with, whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, is putting party ahead of country or putting the next election ahead of the next generation,” Obama told the late-night comedian when asked about increasingly rancorous tone in Washington.
‘It's shocking that they opposed something I proposed,” Obama later joked when asked about GOP opposition to his announcement last week that he planned to withdrawal all troops from Iraq by the end of the year.
And when it comes to the heated contest among Republicans to vie for their party’s presidential nomination, Obama maintained he’s just not that interested in it yet.
“I'm going to wait until everybody is voted off the island,” Obama joked. “Once they narrow it down to one or two, I'll start paying attention.”
Obama’s Leno appearance – his fourth on the program and second as president - came during the president’s three-day swing through Nevada, California, and Colorado, during which continues to push his jobs proposals while unveiling a series of jobs-related initiatives that the administrations says do not require congressional action.