Obama says ‘no excuse’ for shooting of police in Ferguson during ‘Kimmel …

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Barack Obama Banters With Jimmy Kimmel About Life In The White House, Ferguson.

After enduring the routine — in which celebrities read hostile Twitter comments about themselves — Obama told Kimmel, “You should see what the Senate says about me.” The president also joked about the perks and restrictions he faces, revealing that he’s not allowed to use cellphones that have recorders in them. (Hence his ever-present BlackBerry.) He also noted that he can visit the dentist in the White House basement but doesn’t text and can’t drive. President Barack Obama doesn’t send text messages, rarely composes his own tweets, and isn’t allowed to have a smart phone that contains a recording device, he said on Thursday.Barack Obama offered his support to crowds protesting against oppressive policing in Ferguson, Missouri, during a television interview but said there was no excuse for criminal acts.

Los Angeles police started closing roads in and around Hollywood at 3 p.m. for the president’s first visit to the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show since his first White House campaign in 2008. Obama — whom Kimmel introduced as the “first Kenyan-born Muslim Socialist ever elected president” — deadpanned that Kenyans “drive on the other side” of the road. Obama said his teenaged daughters had smart phones and exchanged text messages with their friends, but he was limited for security reasons from having the latest technology. Some drivers took to Twitter to express their grievance over the street closures while others thanked Obama for the visit because, for them, it meant they were avoiding traffic altogether. “Just received the dreaded ‘Obama’s in town so you’ll be sleeping under your desks tonight’ email from HR. #obamajam #LosAngeles,” Joe Donatelli said on Twitter. Obama’s visit will be short, with stops at the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show and a roundtable discussion hosted by ICM Partners co-founder Chris Silbermann and his wife, Julia Franz.

Kimmel spared the president from questions about the latest controversy involving the Secret Service — although Kimmel’s security guard and sidekick, Guillermo Rodriguez, dressed in a full Secret Service getup of dark suit and sunglasses. In a reference to the email controversy that has dogged Obama’s former secretary of state, host Jimmy Kimmel asked the president if he had Clinton’s new email address. They need to be arrested.” He went on to discuss the Department of Justice’s report on the local police, explaining how the city discriminated against blacks and used petty criminal offences to fill civic coffers. Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Wednesday he would resign and the city manager also quit following a Justice Department report that said that Ferguson fostered systemic racism through its police and courts. Nicole DiCicco tweeted a photograph of a swimming pool and said, “Thank you Obama for commanding that I don’t go anywhere today #obamajam #losangeles #heatwave.” Starting at 4 p.m., drivers were asked to avoid Ocean Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard in Santa Monica.

Clinton, the presumed frontrunner for the 2016 presidential nomination, has come under fire for using a private email account for official business during her time as the top U.S. diplomat. But Ferguson proved one of the more somber moments of an otherwise lighthearted appearance, swapping jokes with the host about Hillary Clinton’s emails and his own driving escapades. The officer had stopped Brown in the street after a robbery. “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 and harassed just because of their race, that we’re able to work together to try to come up with some good answers,” Obama said.

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