President Obama appeared on the 'Tonight Show' with Jay Leno on Tuesday night. They discussed a wide array of topics from the death of Muammar Gaddafi to the White House's Halloween treats. Presidential appearances on soft news and comedy shows, like the 'Tonight Show,' have been an interesting topic for research. Do these appearances diminish the Office of the Presidency or help the President's message reach a broader audience?
Scholars have several different opinions on the effects of these appearences: