Earnest: WH Called Off Obama Kimmel Visit to Focus on ‘More Serious Matters’
It was rumored earlier this week that President Obama would be making a surprise appearance on Jimmy Kimmel‘s show while in California. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed today they were in talks with Kimmel’s people, but decided to call it off to deal with “more serious matters.”
On the question of whether the White House cancelled it due to concerns about an image problem, Earnest didn’t exactly rule that out as an explanation. He said they were talking about the possibility of Obama being on the show, but called it off before anything was definitive.
He explained, “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 is dealing with on the international scene.”
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