In an effort to prove to an understandably skeptical public that he’s truly “not interested in photo ops,” Lord Barack has made the very difficult decision to cancel a planned appearance this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Asked about the sudden change of heart, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest asserted, “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 on the international scene.”
Putting aside lofty descriptions of the “serious matters” that Obama will be engaging in throughout this week, it simply begs the question of why the Kimmel appearance was scheduled in the first place. It’s not like it was a sudden revelation on Tuesday that the entire world is blowing up. Color me a cynic, but it just may stand to reason that public perception of this president is finally getting to him. But not quite enough to cancel all of his upcoming fundraising activities, of course. He’s just canceling this one particular appearance. Could it be that he doesn’t want Fox News to play clips of him goofing around with Jimmy on an endless loop?
It’s clearly a political calculation, but making the choice to do some photo ops and not others at this point presents a host of other political problems for El Prezzo. For instance, I’m sure Texas Governor Rick Perry was thrilled to hear that Obama considers Russia and Israel important enough to cancel photo ops over, but not the crisis on the border.
And what about locking the media out of Obama’s “private” meeting with the surviving astronauts of Apollo 11? According to Mr. Earnest, the president was “too busy” for that particular photo op:
“Couldn’t he have been maybe 5 minutes later for the fundraiser out in Seattle? He really couldn’t accommodate a few minutes for open coverage of this?” asked ABC’s Jonathan Karl.
“Not this time,” answered the press secretary.
That, of course, is what prompted Major Garrett of CBS News to file a formal complaint against the administration.
It’s also what happens when you decide to pick Photo Op Winners and Losers.
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