President Obama reads mean tweets on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

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LOS ANGELES — President Barack Obama appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday night and as part of a regular skit on the show, he read mean tweets about himself before discussing the situation in Ferguson, Mo.

Two police officers in Ferguson were shot during a protest Wednesday night. Both are expected to survive.

“I think that what had been happening in Ferguson was oppressive and objectionable and was worthy of protest, but there was no excuse for criminal acts,” Obama said. “And whoever fired those shots shouldn’t detract from the issue. They’re criminals, they need to be arrested.”

Kimmel has made it a practice for guests who suffer criticism on Twitter by reading offensive tweets — and Obama took part.

One tweet complained about the price increase of a 30-pack of Coors Light and added the familiar joke: “Thanks, Obama.”

Another asked, “Is there any way we could fly Obama to some golf course halfway around the world and just leave him there?”

Obama, who regularly plays golf, responded: “I think that’s a great idea.”