President Barack Obama’s visit to the view had all the heft of a cotton candy making contest.
But hey, what did we expect?
The headlines: He is not going to Chelsea Clinton’s wedding (wasn’t even invited!) He has Jay-Z and Frank Sinatra on his iPod but no Justin Bieber. He knew Lindsay Lohan was in jail but had no idea who Snooki of “Jersey Shore” fame is. He dodged a question about whether Mel Gibson needs anger management counseling.
Aside from a few slightly probing questions from resident conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck, “The View,” with its wildly applauding audience, gave the president the friendliest of welcomes. (See photos from the show’s episode here.)
The Shirley Sherrod controversy entered the discussion briefly, with Obama praising her as a “wonderful woman” whose personal story demonstrates the nation’s progress with race relations. The president had harsh words for the 24-7 media cycle (he didn’t mention Fox News but may as well have) but also for his own administration, which sacked the USDA official before reviewing all the facts.
In general the appearance, featuring a return by Barbara Walters, who is recovering from heart surgery, felt like a prolonged campaign speech, with the president listing his administration’s triumphs on matters like the sweeping financial and health care bills.
Walters, a veteran journalist, asked the only really tough questions, touching on the president’s sagging poll numbers, for example.
No one brought up immigration, even as the new Arizona law goes into effect, hobbled to a degree by a judge’s ruling blocking some of the provisions.
Did you watch? What did you think?