President Obama on "The View" Thursday: Are the Co-Hosts Informed Enough to Interview a President?


President Barack Obama will visit the ladies on “The View” for a program to be aired Thursday. According to ABC’s press release: “This marks the first time in history a sitting United States President has visited a daytime talk show. President Obama’s unprecedented appearance is part of the show’s continuing ‘Red, White &View’ campaign which is committed to political guests and discussions.” Barbara Walters, who has been recovering from heart surgery, will return for the President’s guest appearance.

Obama  — who has been on the show twice before becoming president in 2004 and 2008 — will reportedly discuss his administration’s accomplishments, jobs, the economy, the Gulf oil spill and family life inside the White House.  And while I will tune in out of curiosity, here is my problem with “The View” co-hosts trying to discuss serious topics in general:

These ladies are not the best and brightest, with the exception of Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg (although I disagreed with Goldberg defending Mel Gibson as not racist despite ample evidence to the contrary). Joy Behar (who doesn’t think women should be warned that breastfeeding can be difficult), Elisabeth Hasselback (who seems to have a “blame the victim” mentality) and Sherri Shepherd (who wasn’t sure if the world was flat or round) are simply not, in my humble opinion, hugely intelligent, so it can be painful to watch them attempt to tackle real issues. It was a shame they lost Lisa Ling, who could articulate her well-researched opinions on a variety of matters but also be respectful of other viewpoints. But to watch Behar, Hasselback and Shepherd interview the President of the United States may prove excruciating. Hopefully at some point Walters will mix it up with a higher caliber of panelists who still represent a variety of backgrounds, political affiliations and perspective.

Just my opinion — what do you think?


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