Kamis, 29 Juli 2010

Obama’s View

Obama’s View

Luke Sharrett/The New York Times President Obama at a taping of ABC’s “The View” on Wednesday.

President Obama took a turn on the couch with the women of ABC’s “The View” this week, answering questions on topics that ranged from the war in Afghanistan to the actor Mel Gibson’s anger and sparring with the show’s resident conservative over jobs and the economy.

His appearance on the daytime talk show that is popular with women was taped on Wednesday for broadcast on Thursday. It was Mr. Obama’s first visit to the show as president; he had appeared as a presidential candidate.

“I was trying to find a show that Michelle actually watched,” the president quipped.

In a dark suit, white shirt and deep blue tie, Mr. Obama sat on a curved sofa between the hosts Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg on his right and Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, a staunch conservative, to his left.

Coming onstage, Mr. Obama greeted Ms. Hasselbeck with a kiss, but before long she was challenging his claim that his economic stimulus program had “saved” jobs. Mr. Obama stood his ground, and when he said that people had kept their jobs because their employers benefited, the friendly and mostly female audience burst into applause.

Mr. Obama quickly said the rose was his family’s recent weekend on the Maine coast. As for the thorn, Mr. Obama sighed, “Well, where do I begin here?”

He recalled the tumult of his year and a half in office – “a nonstop effort to stabilize the economy,” which was losing 750,000 jobs a month when he took office, and managing two wars, a flu pandemic, an oil spill “and a whole host of other issues.” Mr. Obama said. In lighter moments, after a video clip of him in 2008, Mr. Obama lamented that he has gray hair now. And given a pop quiz on pop culture, Mr. Obama said he knew that the actress Lindsay Lohan was in jail, did not know Snooki (one of the women on the reality-TV show, “Jersey Shore”) and would not say whether Mel Gibson, embroiled in a nasty divorce, needs anger-management counseling.

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