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Obama says he's not paying attention to GOP primary yet

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President Obama (left) during a taping with late-night talk-show host Jay Leno Tuesday.

On tonight’s episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, President Obama, asked whether he’s watching the GOP debates, he invoked a reference that is more 2000 than 2011.

"I'm going to wait until everybody's voted off the island," the president quipped, invoking the reality show "Survivor." "Once they've narrowed it down to one or two, I'll start paying attention."

In a more serious part of the interview, according to excerpts released, Leno asked the president about former Libyan leader Moammar Khaddafy’s death. President Obama said his demise should send a message to other dictators around the world.

“This is somebody who, for 40 years, has terrorized his country and supported terrorism," Obama said. "And he had an opportunity during the Arab Spring to finally let loose of his grip on power and to peacefully transition into democracy. We gave him ample opportunity, and he wouldn't do it.” 

The president continued, “You never like to see anybody come to the kind of end that he did, but I think it obviously sends a strong message around the world to dictators that … people long to be free.” 

According to pool reports, the president’s Tonight Show taping lasted for 25 minutes, and he will be seen in three segments. It airs tonight on NBC.