Barack Obama was recently a guest on The View. No, you’re not going crazy–it’s still 2010 and there is no presidential election going on.
It was announced earlier this week that President Obama would appear on The View and in no time at all, pundits were throwing their notes together, writing their speeches and coming up with silly metaphors to accurately portray how crazy they think it is for Barack Obama to be the first sitting U.S. president to ever appear on a morning talk show. A segment on Nightline concluded with a voice-over booming on over a picture of Obama with his wife and two daughters saying “After all, being constantly surrounded by women is well within Mr. Obama’s comfort zone.” Dylan Rattigan of MSNBC showed a picture of the five co-hosts of The View, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Barbara Walters, and asked “Which of these lovely ladies–each of them lovelier than the next–will actually ask the president a difficult or challenging question?” Of course Dylan Rattigan is forgetting that during the 2008 presidential election, the ladies of The View were the only form of media to outright accuse John McCain of lying during his campaign and asked him very difficult questions. In fact, New York Times columnist Frank Rich called that interview “the hardest-hitting interrogation McCain has yet faced on television.”
So what did Barack Obama speak with the five co-hosts of The View about? Well, Barbara Walters asked what the high points and low points as of late, where President Obama spoke a bit about his recent vacation to Maine and also about the economy, as it was when he was voted into office and how it is now, the progressions we have seen as far as the economy and job creation and sustainability. The president was also asked about why his presidency thus far is seen as a failure, despite his list of accomplishments–and there have been quite a few. Joy Behar asked bluntly where the “attack dog” of the left is when “The right wing, through Fox News … seem to be hijacking the narrative.”
For an even more detailed recap of the president’s interview on The View, check out Broadsheet and you can also watch two short clips of the show. The first clip is a fun one, talking about pop culture, what the president has on his iPod, if he has an iPhone (he doesn’t) and if he knew Lindsay Lohan was in jail (he did.) He however did not know who Snooki was and I have to admit, I kind of respect the man a little more for that.