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Barack Obama Reads Mean Tweets, Talks Ferguson Shootings on ‘Kimmel’

Commander-in-Chief jokes about being left on a golf course, fires back at one Twitter user’s improper use of “lol”

No American takes more flak on Twitter than Barack Obama. But as Jimmy Kimmel noted Thursday during an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, “It’s important to remember that presidents are people, too.” Taking a rare opportunity to say silly things on national television, the Commander-in-Chief dropped by the show to solemnly read some Mean Tweets.

“Is there any way we could fly Obama to some golf course halfway around the world and just leave him there?” one user asks in the above clip. (“Well, RWSurferGirl, I think that’s a great idea,” the president fires back.) “How do you make Obama’s eyes light up? Shine a flashlight in his ears,” another writes, earning a hearty chuckle from the president. “Somebody send Obama some lifehacks on how to be a good president,” goes another tweet. “haha. like, i bet that would help. lol.” But the world leader fires back with a smooth grammatical jab: “You know, the ‘lol’ is redundant when you have the ‘haha.'”

Obama’s visit wasn’t completely goofy – he also sat down with Kimmel to address the recent shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri.

“What had been happening in Ferguson was oppressive and objectionable and was worthy of protest,” Obama says. “But there was 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 understandably don’t want to be stopped just because of their race – are able to work together to come up with some good answers.

“In the same way that you can’t generalize about police officers who do an extraordinarily tough job. . . you can’t generalize about protestors, who, it turns out, had some very legitimate grievances,” Obama continues. “If people of goodwill – which is the overwhelming majority of Americans – are working together, these are problems we can solve.”


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