Yeah, O concerned about the optics of going on Kimmel while there's war in the Middle-East and following the downing of the airliner in Ukraine.
But hitting DNC fundraisers this week, one in San Francisco, one in Seattle, another in LA -No problem!
16 day vacation in Martha's Vineyard in August -No problem with the optics there.
Last week- Shooting pool, drinking beer, yukking it up at a bar in Colorado while there's a crisis at the southern border- ahhh forget about it.
As violence exploded in the Middle East and the world recoiled at the destruction of a commercial jetliner, President Obama kept largely to his schedule, which included recent appearances at Democratic fundraisers that drew criticism from political opponents..
But yukking it up alongside comedian Jimmy Kimmel was apparently a couch too far.
The entertainment news site TMZ.com reported Monday that Obama would appear on the late-night ABC program during his visit to Los Angeles this week.
Not this trip, said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.
"In advance of the trip, we've been in touch with Kimmel's folks about the president doing his show,” Earnest said. “We elected not to do it this time, but hope we can arrange to do it in the near future."
The comedy couch has become a regular campaign stop for politicians of all stripes. Obama and his wife Michelle took part in the “Tonight Show” during Jay Leno’s tenure and both have also visited with his late-night heir, Jimmy Fallon —the first lady with a dance routine that mocked “The Evolution of Mom Dancing.”
But joining Kimmel this week would have meant ceding control during a politically and diplomatically fraught period. And while the fundraisers that Obama has continued to attend — and will again in Los Angeles — have drawn criticism, they do not generate visuals of the sort that would have been created by a Kimmel visit