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President Obama backs out of Kimmel

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 00:59

The White House cancels the president's scheduled appearance on the U.S. late night talk show. Alicia Powell reports.

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U.S. President Barack Obama will not appear on the U.S. television talk show 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' as "more serious" international issues persist, White House spokesman Josh Earnest says. SOUNDBITE: Josh Earnest, White House spokesman, saying (English): "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 have the President do that interview over the course of this trip, 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 is dealing with in the international scene." The president has been criticized for proceeding with a series of fundraisers outside Washington despite the crises in Ukraine and the Middle East. He had been in talks with 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' to appear on the comedy show in Los Angeles during the fundraising trip.

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President Obama backs out of Kimmel

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 00:59