Actors, musicians, and professional athletes have done it, but this is the first time an entire segment of Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s “Mean Tweets” has ever been dedicated to one person, let alone the President of the United States.
President Obama visited Jimmy Kimmel on the set Thursday night and the two discussed a multitude of topics from whether or not the President wanders around the White House in his underwear to racial tension in the United States. But before the President even sat in the hot seat next to the Live host’s desk, Kimmel surprised the audience with possibly the most epic “Mean Tweets” segment ever–The President Obama Edition.
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Following “Mean Tweets”, Kimmel and Obama sat down for an entertaining and informative interview.
President Obama was a good sport as host Jimmy Kimmel found humor in everything from asking for Hilary Clinton’s email address to Obama’s questionable birth certificate being the reason the President can’t drive.
Obama was quick to clarify that he has the actual ability to drive but was not permitted to do so as the President of the United States and even he was amused with Kimmel’s quick wit. After a hearty laugh he jokingly replied, “In Kenya we drive on the other side of the road.”
President Obama discussed some of the benefits of being president, including having a dentist come to the house and not having to reset his own clocks for daylight savings. But things took a serious turn when Kimmel brought up the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday night.
President Obama sent out his thoughts and prayers to the officers and then went on to discuss the state of race relations in the country:
“I think what was happening in Ferguson was oppressive and objectionable and it was worthy of protest. But, there was no excuse for criminal acts and 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 to make sure that like minded, good spirited people on both sides — law enforcement who have a terrifically tough job and people who understandably don’t want to be stopped and harassed just because of their race — that we’re able to work together and try to come up with some good answers.”
To conclude the episode, Jimmy Kimmel prompted President Obama to discuss his new Student Aid Bill of Rights. The audience erupted in cheers as the President stated he would like to see the first two years of community college be “free for everyone” as a means of saving debt ridden students money.
While the President’s plan is mainly aimed at helping future students, he was quick to point out his hope to help out former students as well by giving them the opportunity to lower their student loan interest rates, a move that might require Jimmy Kimmel have President Obama back for an even newer segment–“Nice Tweets.”
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