- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In the midst of a lot of bad news, President Obama has decided against an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show this week.

The White House said Tuesday that Mr. Obama was entertaining an offer to appear on Mr. Kimmel’s show during a West Coast fundraising swing this week, but decided the timing was wrong.

“We ultimately elected to have the president not do this interview,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest, who cited “the challenges of doing a comedy show in the midst” of serious foreign policy issues.

Mr. Obama is dealing with the aftermath of the downing of a Malaysian Airlines flight by a missile in war-torn Ukraine, renewed fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and other crises.

The president has appeared on late-night TV to a far greater extent than his predecessors.

Mr. Obama is leaving Washington Tuesday afternoon for a three-day fundraising trip that will take him to Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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