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President Obama has ‘bromance’ with McCain, a ‘thing going on’ with broccoli

Obama Jay LenoWhen they ran against each other in 2008, presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain were certainly not chummy, but on Tuesday’s “Tonight Show,” host Jay Leno said he detected a change.

“Is it me, or do I see kind of a bromance with you and John McCain?” Leno asked President Obama, his guest for the evening. “I remember you two had that lovers’ quarrel for a while. And now you’re–well, you’re best friends,” the comedian noted.

POTUS agreed. “That’s how a romantic classic comedy goes, right?” Obama said. “Initially you’re not getting along, and then you keep bumping into each other.”

The president said while he and the Arizona Republican still have a number of philosophical differences, McCain worked hard to pass Immigration Reform in the Senate. (It’s the House that’s still holding out.) “It’s probably not good for me to compliment him on television,” the president said of his former rival, adding that McCain was one of the Republicans in the Senate “who want to be for something, not just be against everything.”

Later in the show, Leno called out Obama for another cozy relationship–the one the president says he has with broccoli. “Let me ask you something–you told a group of young people that broccoli was your favorite food,” Leno stated. “Now, lying to voters is one thing; lying to children…,” Leno joked. The president recalled the kids’ reaction when he made the broccoli statement. “They had their little pads and pencils and they were all, ‘Really?’ ‘More than chips?’” he said.

Obama responded that he does eat broccoli a lot. “It is one of my staples. Me and broccoli, I don’t know, we’ve got a thing going on.” Really? “It goes especially well with burgers and fries,” the president laughed.

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