President Barack Obama made history yet again, as the first sitting American Head of State and Government to appear on a daytime talk show, The View.
Skipping the familiar Hot Topics segment, the ladies of the View welcomed the President with smiles, hugs and awe. Co-host Whoopi Goldberg seemed radiant and choked with emotion. Even the staunch republican, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, had a seemingly genuine air of amazement as Obama took his seat.
The mood of the interview, if one can call it that, was akin to a pastor paying you a visit to your home. Everyone’s on their best behavior, everything is in its right place.
President Obama touted his accomplishments of Health Care Reform and the Auto Industry while gingerly deflecting questions on job loss. When asked by Walters what were his “rose and thorns” for the last month or so, he answered spending time with his family in Maine as the rose. While mentioning the economy, oil spill, and signing letters to deceased soldier’s families as his thorns.
Ever the vocal opponent to most of the President’s agenda, Hasselbeck was eerily light and even respective of him. She carefully and politely grilled him on job loss and job security.
So what was the point of the President of The United States going on daytime TV, especially when he has the entire press corps waiting for him to call a conference? Well the answer is two fold and part may very well be on your bathroom or kitchen wall. That’s right, your calendar.
It’s August in a mid term election year. What other reason does the President have to go on national TV but to shore up votes for his party? What better place to do it than in the comfort of friends? It’s no secret that all co-host, except Hasselbeck, are loyal Obama supporters and the largely female audience is ripe for the pickings.
The other side of has to do with ratings. Yes, that thing that was so wonderful for The View during this past presidential election.
The producers of The View realize that with controversy come even more ratings. Much like when Rosie O’Donnell sat in the moderator’s seat. The heated exchanges between uber-republican Hasselbeck and many of the co-hosts have led to some of the most memorable moments in daytime TV.
The View, whose producers plan to have more political guests this year, have already scored the current President and Vice President. Who’s next?
One thing is for sure, the execs will do whatever they can to snag up another Emmy for the ladies of The View.