Benjamin Svetkey
March 19, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

So, Barack Obama is an arugula-nibbling, fist-bumping, liberal elitist, eh? Then how come he’s chosen Jay Leno’s sofa, not David Letterman’s, as the venue for tonight’s first-ever TV talk show appearance by a sitting President? You’d think Obama would be a better fit with the Late Show‘s more blueish demographics, but by going on The Tonight Show instead, Obama (pictured in a 2006 appearance on Leno’s show) is once again demonstrating a canny sense of showbiz politics. Leno’s program not only draws more viewers — it has been No. 1 for 15 years, since Leno took the lead with Hugh Grant’s famous apology appearance — it’s also a lot less risky. A guest spot with Letterman can be devastating to a politician’s health if the conversation goes awry, or, heaven forbid, gets canceled (just ask John McCain). The worst Leno will do is poke fun at the President’s ears. But what do you think, PopWatchers? Did Obama make the right choice for tonight’s historic TV event?

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