"In stop on Leno show, Obama lances Clinton, jokes about Cheney"
BURBANK, Calif.—Is Barack Obama worried about polls showing Hillary Rodham Clinton leading the Democratic presidential field?Howie P.S.: The NY Times political blog (The Caucus) covers much of the same ground here.
"We've got a long way to go," the Illinois senator cautioned Wednesday on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
"Hillary is not the first politician in Washington to declare 'mission accomplished' a little too soon," Obama said, referring to President Bush's 2003 speech in which he stood beneath a "Mission Accomplished" banner and declared the end of major combat in Iraq.
Leno needled him about claims that he's a distant relative of Vice President Dick Cheney. Lynne Cheney, the vice president's wife, says she uncovered a long-ago tie between the two families while researching a book.
Obama insisted the newfound relationship would have limits.
"I don't want to be invited to the family hunting party," he said, alluding to a 2006 accident in which Cheney wounded a friend with shotgun pellets.
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