Semi-retired president reluctantly decides now’s not the time for a Jimmy Kimmel guest shot

posted at 4:41 pm on July 22, 2014 by Allahpundit

Meant to flag this earlier but got caught up in sorting through the rubble of ObamaCare instead.

I think TMZ inadvertently achieved something here that the mainstream political media so disdained by O could never do, namely, they shamed him into dropping a photo op on grounds of poor “optics.” It’s one thing when a site like Politico, read mainly by hackish news junkies like me, dumps on him for having a bit too much fun at a moment of unusually high international anxiety. It’s another thing when a site like TMZ, which reaches tens of thousands of low-information voters, does it.

President Obama is juggling at least two world crises, but it’s not cramping his pop culture style — we’ve learned he’s coming to L.A. this week to appear on Jimmy Kimmel’s show.

ABC Network sources tell TMZ … the Prez will come to Kimmel’s studio Wednesday to tape a special segment. We’re also told a big chunk of the interview will be “serious.”

That was late afternoon yesterday. Less than an hour later:

2:15 PM PDT — A rep for the Kimmel show tells TMZ Obama will not be doing the show Wednesday. Our ABC sources, however, continue to say he was booked on the show and multiple LAPD sources continue to tell us Obama is scheduled to be at The El Capitan Wednesday at 3 PM for an hour.

He was booked, the White House later admitted, but he isn’t anymore: “We elected not to do it this time, but hope we can arrange to do it in the near future.” I’m surprised, honestly. His polls haven’t suffered lately; on the contrary, disapproval of his job performance dropped a point overnight at Gallup, putting him at a not-bad-by-Obama-standards 44/49. And, from the very beginning, his team’s been a big believer in reaching the masses directly with unconventional media appearances. That’s what the “Between Two Ferns” segment with Zach Galifianakis before the ObamaCare sign-up deadline was about. It paid off richly. The somewhat “serious” Kimmel segment was inevitably going to be a soapbox for pitching his base on turning out in November, but I guess “somewhat serious” won’t cut it right now politically. I wonder what data the White House is seeing to make them think that 15 minutes of moronic late-night banter would be too risky.

Or maybe I’m wrong. Maybe he decided he wanted to go to Knott’s Berry Farm or something instead and an opportunity for a private tour opened up that could. not. be. missed.

Via the Free Beacon, here’s Jon Karl wondering what could be happening today that’s so incredibly important that O couldn’t carve out five minutes for the media during a White House event celebrating the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11. You know the answer.


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Semi-retarded is more like it.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:44 PM

What’s sad is that any President who took this job remotely seriously wouldn’t be scheduled to appear on Kimmel under any circumstances. Even if GDP was 7% and the world was at peace.

Doughboy on July 22, 2014 at 4:45 PM

IDF (@IDFSpokesman)

The Golani Brigade commander was wounded in Gaza. Now he’s back with his troops. Our commanders lead from the front.

– 1:34 PM – 22 Jul 2014

H/t RWM

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Link, sorry

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Get back to me when King Putt cancels a fundraiser or a golf outing.

ConstantineXI on July 22, 2014 at 4:47 PM

This goes for smart these days.

Breaking News Yall Netanyahu just asked Kerry to intervene to make sure flights resume to tel aviv. ROTFLMFAO. He has the chutzpah to even say that is freaking amazing.

The Israelis told Kerry to stay the F#$@K away from Israel and they did not want him in the process. They had senator Grahamn go on TV and say that the Israelis can disregard him because somehow congress is making foreign policy now. Now they want him to come and intervene when they need him.

Well Kerry is stupid I am sure he will do it. But this is a golden opportunity. Let’s see how much balls Kerry has of his own.

coolrepublica on July 22, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Kerry is risible, always. Even the Heinz family are happy when he’s gone.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:48 PM

TSA of 35 nautical miles ordered around all places where the oaf in chief flies to fund-raise this week…used to be 3 nautical miles for the other presidents, then got to 30 for this goon, now 35.

When he moves to Rancho Mirage they’ll likely close LAX down while he does gay.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:51 PM

First Family believed to be in escrow…

— Drudge

Does that mean that Soros is selling them?

I wonder who would pay money for such shoddy goods?

They shouldn’t be in escrow. They should be in prison, or in Hell.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:52 PM

OH AP is mad because the president did not give him the opportunity to write this headline “Semi-retired president goes on TV and laughs while the world burns. He is the worst”

Sorry AP. Hang in there. I am sure he will do Letterman next week.

coolrepublica on July 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM

D internal polls show him at 37%.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM

coolr, where should the Jews go live?

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Leftists, how proud are you of this yokel?

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Get back to me when King Putt cancels a fundraiser or a golf outing.

ConstantineXI on July 22, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Let alone a multi-million dollar taxpayer funded vacation…

Best advice: Don’t hold your breath….

Athos on July 22, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Via the Free Beacon, here’s Jon Karl wondering what could be happening today that’s so incredibly important that O couldn’t carve out five minutes for the media during a White House event celebrating the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11. You know the answer.

Compare him to John Kennedy.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:57 PM

So it took a gossip site like TMZ to shame Dear Leader into cancelling the “interview”.

What’s next? A critical People article?

cat_owner on July 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM

juggling at least two world crises, but it’s not cramping his pop culture style

Kardashian.

Oil Can on July 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM

When he moves to Rancho Mirage they’ll likely close LAX down while he does gay.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:51 PM

All air traffic in Southern California will be diverted to SFO.

hawkeye54 on July 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Some how I get the feeling the pictures published with these articles is Owebama flipping the bird to the US. And you can’t touch me.

Nat George on July 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Which proves there are still a lot of stupid or low information people.

cat_owner on July 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Some how I get the feeling the pictures published with these articles is Owebama flipping the bird to the US. And you can’t touch me.

Nat George on July 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM

That’s exactly the way he’s feeling. So far no one has proved him wrong. Don’t like it? So sue him!

hawkeye54 on July 22, 2014 at 5:02 PM

I suspect that the cancellation of his appearance on Kimmel has more to do with the 0bamacare decision today than it has to do with other world events.

In any case, the toothy, jug eared, purple lipped dumbazz just doesn’t want to face any tough questions. So he’ll go and cower in the company of Jeffrey Katzenberg and beg for money.

UltimateBob on July 22, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Which proves there are still a lot of stupid or low information people.

cat_owner on July 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM

And lots more pouring over the border to join them.

hawkeye54 on July 22, 2014 at 5:03 PM

And lots more pouring over the border to join them.

hawkeye54 on July 22, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Of which only 25% are “children” while they shout “the kids, the kids, the Rs eat the kids”…and obama always feeds on carrion.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Damned these photo ops!

- Obama Administration

Good Lt on July 22, 2014 at 5:06 PM

No need to go on a joke show when you are the joke.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 22, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Get back to me when King Putt cancels a fundraiser or a golf outing.

ConstantineXI on July 22, 2014 at 4:47 PM

As I’ve been posting the last couple of days…… I’ve figured something out. The fundraisers are not about the money for him as much as it is the fact his fragile ego needs to be stroked in a way that only comes from appearing at events where he is the center of attention. I’m guessing it stems from the reality that Obama is a lazy stupid shiftless failure as a President. He thought it was all going to be as easy when school children were comparing him to Christ, schools were bearing his name, and stupid people truly thought he personally was going to pay for his gas.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Kerry is risible, always. Even the Heinz family are happy when he’s gone.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 4:48 PM

funny.

coolrepublica on July 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM

The white flags in Brooklyn are incredibly symbolic for the obama times.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM

funny.

coolrepublica on July 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Her kids hate the gigolo.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Obama should do a “Where’s Waldo” book …

darwin on July 22, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Coolreptile

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 22, 2014 at 5:11 PM

from the very beginning, his team’s been a big believer in reaching the masses directly with unconventional media appearances.

The rumors are that he’s planning on moving to Southern California. He wants to stay relevant in popular culture which is tough when you’re a lazy stupid fifty-something has-been.

All I can do is point out that Kris Kardashian Jenner is about to be single. Pop culture opportunity, media glare larger than being President, and you get to meet all those athletes the Kardashian sluts bed and have bastard children with! There is no downside to this!

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Obama should do a “Where’s Waldo” book …

darwin on July 22, 2014 at 5:10 PM

We know where Waldo is. He’s been hanging out in those 7 secret states.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2014 at 5:13 PM

The white flags in Brooklyn are incredibly symbolic for the obama times.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Al Qaeda flags would be more apt but so far Obama has only managed that one over the Cairo embassy.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2014 at 5:14 PM

I wonder how the press would treat Bush if he had Central America pouring over the border, Perry calling up the National Guard, Israel and Hamas going at it, and Russian missles shooting down airliners … not to mention Obamacare subsidies being shot dowm then rescued going on all at once … while he travels around fund raising and doing photo ops.

darwin on July 22, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Pic of the Day: Wal*Mart Hookers?

Resist We Much on July 22, 2014 at 5:11 PM

And, here I thought the ‘Blue Light Special’ was a K-Mart thang.

You misspelled thong.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Ooops

And, here I thought the ‘Blue Light Special’ was a K-Mart thang.

— RWM

You misspelled thong.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Evidently a slot opened at Pebble Beach. Priorities.

GarandFan on July 22, 2014 at 5:16 PM

We know where Waldo is. He’s been hanging out in those 7 secret states.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2014 at 5:13 PM

I was thinking the book could show the US and various fund raising and photo op locations.

Oh … and golf courses.

Find Obama!

darwin on July 22, 2014 at 5:16 PM

I often wonder how the WH secret service detail assigned to Moochie and Dopey can stand being around them. They see Barry every day and KNOW WITHOUT ANY DOUBT he does no work at all and is hanging out smoking Kools all day and watching ESPN when he is not golfing our fundraising. They must despise him greatly and his contempt for this country.

That is the book I want to read if they are ever allowed to write it.

DeweyWins on July 22, 2014 at 5:20 PM

I was thinking the book could show the US and various fund raising and photo op locations.

Oh … and golf courses.

Find Obama!

darwin on July 22, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Make it really hard and find the classmates that remembers him in class at Harvard Law or Columbia. Students when he was a “Constitutional scholar.” Or one Southside Chicago welfare queen whose life was made better by Obama’s activism.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2014 at 5:20 PM

here’s Jon Karl wondering what could be happening today that’s so incredibly important that O couldn’t carve out five minutes for the media during a White House event celebrating the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11.

45th anniversary of the desecration of the moon ?
allahuakbar :(

burrata on July 22, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Where does Allah find these pictures of Obama playing golf, eating ice cream…I mean, wow.
You just couldn’t do this snarky bit with any other President…right?
(AP, you’d have had a ball making fun of Reagan.)

verbaluce on July 22, 2014 at 5:22 PM

As I’ve been posting the last couple of days…… I’ve figured something out. The fundraisers are not about the money for him as much as it is the fact his fragile ego needs to be stroked in a way that only comes from appearing at events where he is the center of attention.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Absolutely.

Also, have you noticed lately now he’s been laying on the phony knee-grow dialect pretty heavily? He’s trying to appeal to his base, since they’re the only ones left who can stand the sight of him.

Bill Clinton used to do the same thing. Whenever his poll numbers took a dip, or when there was a scandal dominating the headlines, he’d run off to a fundraiser or some public appearance at the NAACP or something, to boost his cred with his peeps.

UltimateBob on July 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM

The rumors are that he’s planning on moving to Southern California Mexifornia.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2014 at 5:12 PM

There goes the neighborhood….

Athos on July 22, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Where does Allah find these pictures of Obama playing golf, eating ice cream…I mean, wow.
You just couldn’t do this snarky bit with any other President…right?
(AP, you’d have had a ball making fun of Reagan.)

verbaluce on July 22, 2014 at 5:22 PM

In case you haven’t noticed, we only have one president at a time. And the one we have now sucks pretty bad.

Why would Allah be making fun of Reagan? He’s not the one running off to fundraisers as the world is falling apart.

UltimateBob on July 22, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Love these semi retired posts AP :)

sorrowen on July 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM

verbaluce on July 22, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Why would Allah be making fun of Reagan?

UltimateBob on July 22, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Because he took vacations and ate ice cream sometimes.
Why else?
The brush clearing, I guess?

verbaluce on July 22, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Love these semi retired posts AP :)

sorrowen on July 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Come on now…Allah’s putting some work into it.

verbaluce on July 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Will Barry become Kimmel’s new Matt Damon joke?

slickwillie2001 on July 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Because he took vacations and ate ice cream sometimes.
Why else?
The brush clearing, I guess?

verbaluce on July 22, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Yeah, not really working. I mean I get you’re trying to minimize Obama’s actions while all these events are going on but I kinda doubt you’ll find any past president did what Obama does.

It’d be like George Bush going on fund raisers a few hours after 9-11.

darwin on July 22, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Love these semi retired posts AP :)

sorrowen on July 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Since the OOTD have been shelved, maybe it is time to have the Semi-Retired sighting of the day.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2014 at 5:45 PM

The bear is hibernating.

faraway on July 22, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Get back to me when King Putt cancels a fundraiser or a golf outing.

ConstantineXI on July 22, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Or he cancels a sauna date with Reggie Love

txdoc on July 22, 2014 at 5:46 PM

It’s funny, but in the picture, the guy wearing sunglasses, standing behind Obama, almost looks like he’s unholstering a weapon.

Ward Cleaver on July 22, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Maybe Kimmel didn’t want to be seen with him.

formwiz on July 22, 2014 at 5:47 PM

The bear Chicago Cub is hibernating.

faraway on July 22, 2014 at 5:46 PM

FIFY

Resist We Much on July 22, 2014 at 5:48 PM

And BTW, unless I’m mistaken, that was the ice cream photo that was taken after the rat-eared wonder spent the morning golfing at Fort Belvior. Then he took his despicable brats out for ice cream. Tehran protesters were being killed but he couldn’t be bothered with anything more demanding than to decide between the Chunky Monkey and the Mint Chocolate Chip.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2014 at 5:48 PM

DaVerb, your tears are delicious.

WHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

Resist We Much on July 22, 2014 at 5:48 PM

From: Management Office
Tue 7/22/2014 9:18 AM
Date: July 22, 2014
Re: Presidential Visit on July 23rd and 24th

We are aware that President Obama will be visiting the Los Angeles area on Wednesday, July 23, and Thursday, July 24. While the exact travel plans, routes and times for the President are never released here are some basic assumptions:

- July 23 – Sources indicate that Air Force One will arrive at LAX Wednesday, July 23 at approximately 2:30pm.Sources report that the President will make an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show being taped in Hollywood at 3pm, where the President is expected to be for approximately one hour. It is believed that he will depart LAX and go straight to the El Capitan Theater for the taping. We have no information on the mode of transportation from LAX to Hollywood, but expect that at least a portion of that will be made by helicopter to an undisclosed location where he will then motorcade the balance of the trip Some spokespeople from the Kimmel show had released a statement earlier that the President was not appearing on the show, but many other sources are contradicting that and it is widely believed that he will make an appearance on the show.

Later that evening (Wednesday, July 23rd) we are aware that the President will be attending a fundraiser at the home of “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes (believed to be in Hancock Park), with actress Kerry Washington co-hosting. This will require travel from Hollywood to the Hancock Park area in the late afternoon. This certainly could affect traffic in the area.

- July 24 – The President is expected to attend a roundtable discussion with about 30 people at the home of Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation (believed to be in the Brentwood area). If the President does in fact stay in Beverly Hills we can expect that he will motorcade to the this event and we should expect rolling street closures during that time. While we have not been able to confirm the time of this event, it is believe that this will take place in the early to mid-morning. Again this would likely have an impact on West LA / Beverly Hills traffic conditions.

Pffffffffffffft. Cancelled, my butt.

Califemme on July 22, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Awww, po-po Sleezy Preezy can’t be appearing on some lame comedy show to do some stupid lip synchin n chit.

Po Sleezy Preezy – he just cain’t ketch a break these days.

/FUBO

Key West Reader on July 22, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Come on now…Allah’s putting some work into it.

verbaluce on July 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM

He’s intent on bringing the click bait up from the depths.

butch on July 22, 2014 at 5:56 PM

The bear is hibernating.

faraway on July 22, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Meh, he’s not hibernating. He’s suckin up cash like a Hoover – or like Mooch suckin down whole lobsters. No photos allowed.

/He can’t be seen suckin’ at anything but his preznitcy

Key West Reader on July 22, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Maybe Kimmel didn’t want to be seen with him.

formwiz on July 22, 2014 at 5:47 PM

There you go. Maybe the truth really is that he was bumped because Kim Kardashian called and asked to come on.

slickwillie2001 on July 22, 2014 at 5:58 PM

There is no hope for the American Idiots who voted for this piece of fecal excrement. Their voting cards should be revoked. Oops, no id(s) or any cards of any type needed to vote. Isn’t that a great idea?

electricfunksandwich on July 22, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Where does Allah find these pictures of Obama playing golf, eating ice cream…I mean, wow.
You just couldn’t do this snarky bit with any other President…right?
(AP, you’d have had a ball making fun of Reagan.)

How do we not get pix of Øbama goofing off? And those are the photo ops he allows (even though we know he hates them). I recall a series of pix that nice tolerant liberals made of Bush comparing him to monkey expressions. Was that snarky, or just rude?

verbaluce on July 22, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Why would Allah be making fun of Reagan?

UltimateBob on July 22, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Because he took vacations and ate ice cream sometimes.
Why else?
The brush clearing, I guess?

At least Reagan knew how to do an honest day’s work. Has Øbama actually ever completed anything (with documentation?)?

DimsdalePiranha on July 22, 2014 at 6:45 PM

funny.

coolrepublica on July 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM

…lol says one whose brain is the texture of ketchup!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Love these posts. His preretirement gets 100% approval in my house

3 more months till the election. Then he’s all but forgotten.

Chuck Schick on July 22, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Really? This is our President..
Good Lord, please save us.

mmcnamer1 on July 22, 2014 at 7:36 PM

If the azzhole had any honor he’d resign.

lel2007 on July 22, 2014 at 9:07 PM

I am prepared to answer the questions provided by my teleprompter!

you know the rules

only ask what i have prepared for you

Do that – and we can go play golf with some elite losers!

Obamatrix on July 23, 2014 at 11:06 AM