From: Evan McMorris-Santoro [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2015 07:40 PM
To: Allen, Jessica
Subject: travel print pool report 6: Kimmel rundown
POTUS did 3 and a half segments on Kimmel, the first being a version of the segment where celebrities read mean tweets about them. Funny, but the president said the tweets were not as mean as "what the Senate says about me."
Overall, there was not much news. There was no mention of the current Secret Service woes. There was one joke about Hillary Clinton's emails (it was a joke where the president would not give Kimmel HRC's email address.) The president did go on at length about the situation in Ferguson, including calling for the arrest of the "criminals" who shot two police officers there.The final segment focused a lot on Obama's plan to offer free community college to high-performing high schoolers.
The host introed POTUS calling him "the first Kenyan-born Muslim socialist to be elected president." There were a couple of birth certificate jokes scattered throughout as well. The best came when Kimmel asked if the president drove.
"I can't drive." said the president. "I mean I can but --"
"is that because you don't have a birth certificate?" Kimmel asked.
"In Kenya, we drive on the other side of the street," Obama said.
On Ferguson, the president said "we don't yet know what happened" with the shooting, but offered his prayers to the wounded officers, their families and friends.
On the shooting, POTUS said: "there's no excuse for criminal acts. Whoever fired those shots shouldn't detract from the issue. They're criminals. They need to be arrested. And then what we need to do is make sure that like-minded, good-spirited people on both sides, law-enforcement who have a terrifically tough job and people who understand they don't want to be stopped and harassed because of their race, that we're able to work together to try and come up with some good answers."
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