Seattle, WA, United States (NewsBahn) – President Barack Obama will be fundraising on a three-day West Coast swing, but what he won’t be doing is appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The president apparently begged off a possible appearance with the ABC late-night host due to serious national and international issues.
A light-hearted appearance on a comedy-variety show would seem inappropriate to some observers.
“We had been in touch with representatives of Mr. Kimmel’s show about the possibility of participating — about having the president participate in that program on this trip. We ultimately elected not to,” Earnest said at a press briefing Tuesday. “And that is at least in part related to the challenges of doing a comedy show in the midst of some of these other, more serious matters that the president’s dealing with in the international scene.”
The taping would likely have taken place Thursday, when the president is scheduled to be in Los Angeles.