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July 31, 2010

Should President Obama Have Appeared on "The View?" Of Course!

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U.S. President Barack Obama appears on the daytime TV talk show The View in New York City July 28, 2010. From left are Barbara Walters, Obama, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT)


Well they did it! The Gabby Girls snagged President Barack Obama as a guest and were rewarded with big ratings and slams from a former co-host and a former vice presidential candidate.

Today, the show was still aglow with their presidential coup.  As Whoopi Goldberg sang at one point, "We've got the sweeeeeeeeeetest hangover...!"  Even resident Republican Elisabeth Hasselbeck looked like she was rethinking swigging that right wing cool-aid after Obama invited her and her family, along with Sherri Shepherd and her son, to visit the White House.

Barbara Walters had returned to her sick bed, but not before doing her interview thing yesterday, where the president calmly laid out his accomplishments and refused to acknowledge, rightfully so, that he'd ever heard of Snooki. Considering she got arrested today on disorderly conduct charges, the man had amazing foresight.

But there were the slams by Sarah Palin and former co-host of "The View," Rosie O'Donnell.  Rosie thought a sitting president shouldn't do a "fluffy" daytime talk show.  And Palin thought the president should have taken more time to enjoy the view of the Mexican/American border.

The Gabby Girls defended themselves against the "fluffy" charge, and insisted they'd asked more than just puff ball questions.  Without naming names, they also implied Rosie's comments were a result of jealousy.

Well let's see how puff ball those questions really were.  Here's a sample:

Whoopi Goldberg:  (She quotes Sidney Poitier's character in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner when Sidney says his father sees himself as a Negro man and Sidney sees himself as a man.)  "Is that still relevant today.  What are we?  Who are we?"

Barbara Walters:  "To follow up on Whoopi's question, you do not describe yourself as a black president but that's how you're described.  Your mother was white.  Why don't you say I'm not a black president, I'm bi-racial?"

Elisabeth Hasselbeck:  "We are in a state of chronic joblessness yet you claim that there are "saved jobs," a standard that has not been used by any other administration.  It's frustrating to hear that "saved jobs," boasting when it doesn't feel that way to Americans when they don't have jobs.  How can your administration continue to say that you are saving jobs and not that you are losing jobs?"

Joy Behar:  "The right wing through Fox News and other outlets, they seem to be hijacking the narrative.  Where, on your side is your attack dog to come out and tell the American people, this is what we did?"

Those don't sound puff ball to me. In fact they sound a lot tougher than anything Larry King's thrown out, ever.  Barbara, being the fabulous newswoman that she is, also threw in a question about why we don't get out of Afghanistan. 

Puff ball?  No.

Were the Lindsay Lohan and the Snooki questions puffy?  Of course.  This is "The View" after all.

Unfortunately if you only went by the majority of clips used on the nightly news shows, you'd have thought the discussion for the whole hour centered only on Chelsea Clinton's wedding and Snooki.  But that wasn't the case.

What Sarah Palin, Rosie O'Donnell and anyone else who calls a visit to "The View" too fluffy, is really doing is slamming the viewers of the show, implying that they don't deserve to be taken seriously.

Does the fact that a majority of them happen to be women have anything to do with that?  I'd say so.  But that's nothing new.  Anything that women like is generally undervalued by mainstream media. 

In fact one of the president's best and most serious answers was about race.  While acknowledging that humans often view differences in each other with apprehension, he said he doesn't care how we label ourselves but how we treat each other.

Nothing puff ball about that either.

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