The 44th President of the United States became the first sitting chief executive to visit a daytime talk show....and the only controversy to arise when Barack Obama visited the ladies of The View was when the POTUS responded to a question regarding Jersey Shore's Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi with ""I've got to admit, I don't know who Snooki is."
But the free world wants to know...is that true? Does the President really know who Snooki is?.
This should give Fox News something to talk about for most of August...but more on that later.
Barbara Walters returned from recent heart surgery to co-host the show, which was taped yesterday, along with cohorts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. In recent weeks the President did receive criticism in certain circles because his appearance was seen as frivolous while the situation in the Gulf slogs on, the nation claws it's way out of a recession, and we are engaged in two wars in the Middle East.
But I couldn't disagree more. This was a brilliant move on his part. Mr. Obama was able to sit down and answer questions at length and in a relaxed atmosphere about those situations, in a small unscripted forum. He touched on the crisis in the Gulf, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the state of the economy, and he spoke of his faith in the resiliency of the American people to bounce back after the financial collapse of 2008.
The President was asked about his decision in early life to embrace his African heritage instead of calling himself bi-racial....and he referred to talking about this choice extensively in his writings. He sparred gently with resident conservative Hasselbeck about the slow progress in job creation in the post recession economy, and said that we're doing better but must do more. Obmama also talked about creating a $30 billion fund for smaller lending institutions to help America's small businesses. Today Senate Republicans blocked the bill. And, he quipped at the beginning of his sitdown, he wanted to appear on The View because it's one show that wife Michelle watches.
Obama talked about the Shirley Sherrod controversy, and admitted that his administration didn't do a good job in handling it. He also talked about the role media plays in creation of controversy, and how the stories of co-operation between the parties never makes the news....Obama said it's because conflict sells, and co-operation doesn't.
The conversation got a bit lighter when the ladies went into a "Lightning Round" style line of questioning. Check out the video below.
Now we know that the President will not be attending Chelsea Clinton's wedding, that his own daughters are not interested in boys yet, that he knows Lindsay Lohan in in jail, that the thought of Mel Gibson makes him stammer....and that he has a new IPhone and uses his IPod. His playlist includes Jay Z, Maria Callas, Frank Sinatra....but no Justin Bieber. Obama did say he was a nice young man who did appear in Washington some months ago, and he enjoyed Justin's performance.
And now we have a brewing controversy- because Mr. Obama told a joke earlier this year, and Snooki was one of the punchlines.
At the White House Correspondents Dinner this past winter was wowing the crowd. This is what he said about the star of JERSEY SHORE.
“This next provision is called the Jersey Shore-Up. It reads, ‘The following individuals shall be excluded from the indoor tanning tax within this bill: Snooki, JWOWW, The Situation and House minority leader John Boehner".
What do you think? Will Hannity, Beck and Limbaugh be yelling "Flip-flop"?
Does anybody really care?
You mean Snooki's 15 minutes aren't up yet?
NEWSFLASH!!!!! Dateline 6:15PM July 30 2010 Seaside Heights, NJ..........This just in.... Snooki Arrested!!!!! As a nation prays and waits.