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Old 07-26-2010, 09:53 AM   #121
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President Barack Obama will be on “The View” on July 29.

It’s the first time ever a sitting president has visited a daytime talk show.

Barbara Walters, who underwent heart valve replacement surgery in May, was scheduled to return to the program in September, but will be in the studio for this special show.

Walters said, “We are so pleased and honored that President Obama will be a guest on ‘The View.’ The President last appeared on the program in March 2008 while he was still a Senator, and First Lady Michelle Obama was a featured guest co-host in June 2008. This shows that both the President and First Lady feel that our show is an influential and important source of information and news.”

The interview will be taped a day earlier, and is slated to touch on such subjects as the economy, the Gulf oil spill, jobs, and family life inside the White House.
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he continues to tumble:

RealClearPolitics - Election Other - President Obama Job Approval

surprised it's taken this long..

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Anybody watch Obama on the View?

I'm watching it now on DVR.

He's very much a politician, but I find it hard to understand the animosity some people have towards him. He sounds quite reasonable, no?

Good questions from the hosts.
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He's a very charming man

I think some people have such pre existing animosity that they aren't even willing to give him a chance. I haven't agreed with everything that he's said and done and I don't know that I'd even vote for him again (depends upon the alternatives). But I don't quite understand the animosity either. Much of it seems to be from notions of who he is that don't always match up with reality.

Weren't The View questions pretty much softballs from a favorable (other than EH) audience?



AP JUNEAU, Alaska — Sarah Palin is criticizing President Barack Obama for appearing on "The View."

The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee said Thursday on Twitter that Obama has "no time" to visit the U.S.-Mexico border yet can chat on the ABC daytime talk show.

She says she plans to visit to what she calls the "porous" border "in the near future." She wasn't specific.

A White House spokesman didn't immediately offer comment.

The administration has taken steps to address the border security issue, including Obama's decision that will send 1,200 National Guard troops to the region this weekend.

Palin has taken shots at Obama before, including over his handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and what she called his lack of executive experience before assuming the presidency.
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Weren't The View questions pretty much softballs from a favorable (other than EH) audience?
I don't think so. They asked him about Afghanistan, about the economy. I thought they were good questions for the most part. To be honest I wasn't really impressed with Elisabeth Hasselback's questions about the "saved jobs." I think there ARE tough questions to ask the president, but it seems like the Right has dropped tough questions in favor of nonsense questions. Her (and others on the conservative camp) making a big issue out of "saved jobs" is silly. All saved jobs means is that the recession would have been a lot worse if it hadn't been for the bailouts/stimulus. Yes, we've lost jobs but we would have lost a lot more. And the Republican criticism of the stimulus is hypocritical because it's unlikely that McCain would have done anything very differently.

But I digress. I thought the questions (except for the silly pop culture ones--thank goodness, the President didn't know who Snooki is. I would have been worried then) were as good as they could be.
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If he really cried on their shoulders..now that would be some good tv. I hope Sherri covered up her massive cleavage in front of the President

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Anybody watch Obama on the View?
No, because that would require me to watch The View.
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No, because that would require me to watch The View.
Not a fan, I take it.

I think this may be the only time I've ever watched it. I don't know enough about the program to judge it for good or ill.
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The Republican National Committee is taking aim at President Obama with a line of attack accusing the White House of spending a disproportionate amount of time talking about MTV hit reality show "Jersey Shore" when the issue of the economy should be taking center stage.

"Less GTL, More GDP Mr. President" is the message the RNC hurled at the Obama administration in a "research briefing" and video montage released by the organization on Friday.

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We're they serious?

what a bunch of morons.
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Yes. The man should never talk about anything social(ism); just talk about fixing things. Because his words to the press will fix things right then, right now. Except if he does talk about the economy, they're just going to rail on him for being incorrect anyway.

The past two years has made me sick of the whole process.

Fucking morons indeed.
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The Republican National Committee is taking aim at President Obama with a line of attack accusing the White House of spending a disproportionate amount of time talking about MTV hit reality show "Jersey Shore" when the issue of the economy should be taking center stage.

"Less GTL, More GDP Mr. President" is the message the RNC hurled at the Obama administration in a "research briefing" and video montage released by the organization on Friday.

Another cheap shot.



The man doesn't even know who Snooki is--what more do they want?
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I'm all for the Republicans encouraging Obama to speak solely about the issues. That's usually when he schools them (see: conference with Obama and Republicans).
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Happy Birthday, Barack! You sexy bastard.

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Do not be fooled by the American look of shades and baseball cap. He is an African socialist who hates freedom.
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They should have had him eating some apple pie in the pic, too. That would make him more believable as an American.
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They should have had him eating some apple pie in the pic, too. That would make him more believable as an American.
Knowing him he was probably tucking into some hummus or something like that.
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Rush Limbaugh said Friday that the media is allowing Michelle Obama to take a vacation as a form of reparations for "our slave past."

In discussing the lack of media outrage over the First Lady's trip to Spain — which isn't exactly true, — Limbaugh said that it stems from her race.

"As far as the media's concerned, Mrs. Obama deserves this," he said. "Look at the sordid past. Look at our slave past, look at the discriminatory past. It's only fair that people of color get their taste of the wealth of America too."

Limbaugh compared the First Lady's vacation to Nancy Reagan changing the china in the White House.


Material girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette on a glitzy Spanish vacation

Andrea Tantaros NY Daily News

Thursday, August 5th 2010, 1:53 AM

Sacrifice is something that many Americans are becoming all too familiar with during this economic downturn. It was a key theme in President Obama's inaugural address to the nation, and he's referenced it numerous times when lecturing the country on how to get back on its feet.

But while most of the country is pinching pennies and downsizing summer sojourns - or forgoing them altogether - the Obamas don't seem to be heeding their own advice. While many of us are struggling, the First Lady is spending the next few days in a five-star hotel on the chic Costa del Sol in southern Spain with 40 of her "closest friends." According to CNN, the group is expected to occupy 60 to 70 rooms, more than a third of the lodgings at the 160-room resort. Not exactly what one would call cutting back in troubled times.

Reports are calling the lodgings of Obama's Spanish fiesta, the Hotel Villa Padierna in Marbella, "luxurious," "posh" and "a millionaires' playground." Estimated room rate per night? Up to a staggering $2,500. Method of transportation? Air Force Two.

To be clear, what the Obamas do with their money is one thing; what they do with ours is another. Transporting and housing the estimated 70 Secret Service agents who will flank the material girl will cost the taxpayers a pretty penny.

Perhaps it could be that the Obamas, who seem to fancy themselves more along the lines of international celebrities than actual leaders, espouse a different view of sacrifice. When Michelle Obama accompanied her husband to Copenhagen along with best buddy Oprah Winfrey, she billed the trip - an ultimately unsuccessful bid to bring the Olympics to Chicago - as follows: "As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me or Oprah or the President to come for these few days, so many of you in this room have been working for years to bring this bid home."

A quick jaunt to Denmark is a sacrifice? What portraits in courage!

The Obama modus operandi is becoming clear. From lavish trips to Spain to reportedly flying Bo, the President's Portuguese water dog, on a separate aircraft to vacation with them in Maine, to a date night in New York City that perhaps cost nearly $100,000, their idea of austerity is really just the lap of luxury, at least for ordinary folks.

Incredibly, the Obamas have long portrayed themselves as precisely such commoners. Just this month, Obama told ABC the First Couple is "not that far removed from what most Americans are going through." And that "it was just a few years ago that we had high credit card balances, we had two kids, thinking about college. We had our own retirement accounts, wondering if we were going to be able to get enough assets in there."

If that's true, why not select a more appropriate destination like the California coast? The scenery is just as gorgeous as that of Spain, and instead of patronizing a foreign country they would be pumping money into an American economy that desperately needs it. Camp David wouldn't exactly be slumming it, either. A long weekend there would really send a message of responsibility, leadership and compassion. For a couple that has sharply criticized former President George W. Bush so widely, they could stand to follow his example for once and select a more low-key locale, as Bush regularly did in his Texas vacations.

Instead, Michelle Obama seems more like a modern-day Marie Antoinette - the French queen who spent extravagantly on clothes and jewels without a thought for her subjects' plight - than an average mother of two. While she's spent her time in the White House telling parents they should relieve their chubby kids' dependency on sugar and stressing the importance of an organic veggie garden, hopping a jet to Europe to meet with Spanish royalty isn't the visual the White House probably wants to project. Perhaps they've forgotten the damning image of John Kerry, on the eve of the 2004 election, windsurfing off the coast of Nantucket?

I don't begrudge anyone rest and relaxation when they work hard. We all need downtime - the First Family included. It's the extravagance of Michelle Obama's trip and glitzy destination contrasted with President Obama's demonization of the rich that smacks of hypocrisy and perpetuates a disconnect between the country and its leaders. Toning down the flash would humanize the Obamas and signify that they sympathize with the setbacks of the people they were elected to serve.

In January, President Obama insisted that "everybody in the country is going to have to sacrifice something, accept change for the greater good. Everybody is going to have to give. Everybody is going to have to have some skin in the game."

If sacrifice is the precursor to change, what will the family that ran on change offer up? Elitist doublespeak won't cut it.

Tantaros (andrea@andreatantaros.com) is a weekly contributor to the New York Daily News opinion section. She is a corporate communications professional who was formerly a Republican campaign strategist.
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