I do not think NdTs response was pompous. He was just stating a fact. If you have followed him in the last few years he has been putting emphasis on facts as the basis for rational decision making and knowledge acquisition because a lot of people, specially in the US, have taken unto themselves to base important political decisions and positions on anything but facts, mostly emotions and pre-conceived ideas. Saying that total eclipses aren’t that rare does not take from their wonder just as saying that the olympics aren’t that rare doesn’t take from the excitement they produce. Facts as the basis for reasoning and intelligent decision making in most aspects of our lives should be a first principle we should all learn in elementary school to avoid the absurd positions that not only individuals, but also many societies take. If somebody felt slighted from the statement of a true fact I would suggest a little digging on what solar eclipses are, how they happen, how frequent they are and what will happen to them going forward in time.