The View Obama
July 29, 2010 by USA Post
The View Obama, (NYTimes) — President Obama took a turn on the couch with the women of ABC’s “The View” this week, responding to questions on topics ranging from the war in Afghanistan with actor Mel Gibson, anger, and sparring with the resident the more conservative number of jobs and the economy.
His appearance on the daytime talk show that is popular with women was taped Wednesday for broadcast on Thursday. It was Obama’s first visit to the fair as president, had appeared as a presidential candidate.
“I was trying to find a show that actually watched Michelle” joked the president.
In a dark suit, white shirt and deep blue tie, Mr. Obama sat on a sofa curved between hosts Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg on the right and Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, a staunch conservative, to the left .
Coming on stage, Obama greeted Ms. Hasselbeck with a kiss, but soon he was challenging his claim that his economic stimulus program has “saved” jobs. Obama stood his ground, and when he said that people had kept their jobs because their employers benefited, the public burst friendly and women, particularly in applause.
Liberals Behar complained that Mrs. Obama was not getting credit for their achievements, because its critics on the right were dominating the debate. Where is his attack dog “to tell Americans”, this is what we did, “she said.
“That’s your job,” he said, again evoking cheers.
Previewing the message that will be on Friday at Michigan, where Obama will visit plants Chrysler and General Motors, the president said his decision to rescue the two automakers, while unpopular, had been successful in both positions work and help businesses to create new ones.
Pressed to defend the military escalation in Afghanistan, within a week that began with the leaking of documents detailing the problems until 2009, Obama said he had promised during his presidential campaign to end the war in Iraq but the effort in Afghanistan, where the attacks of September 11, 2001, were planned, should be increased to root out and eliminate terrorist safe havens for them.
“I’m not interested in open-ended commitment,” he said, recalling that when he announced a new policy for Afghanistan in December, said he was more interested in “nation building” at home.
Ms. Walters, who has been on extended medical leave, returned for the appearance of Obama – the first by a president in a television program during the day – and asked the “rose” and “thorn” between their experiences of the last month.
Obama said quickly rose was the recent weekend of his family on the coast of Maine. His daughters Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9, are “not quite teenagers so you still enjoy,” he joked.
As for the spine, Mr. Obama sighed: “Well, where do I start here?”
He recalled the tumult of her year and a half in office – “a constant effort to stabilize the economy,” which was losing 750,000 jobs a month when he took office, and management of two wars, a flu pandemic, an oil spill “and a host of other issues.” Mr. Obama said. “What is gratifying is that the economy is beginning to stabilize and grow again.”
Finally, with your spine, it was decided by the signs letters to families of war dead.
In lighter moments, after a video clip of him in 2008, Mr. Obama lamented that has gray hair. And given a pop quiz on pop culture, 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 Mel did not say whether Gibson, wrapped in a nasty divorce, counseling needs anger management.
Obama said he did not use Twitter regularly, even though “about 20 years old,” do it on behalf of him on some official presidential. Only 10 people have Blackberry speech, he said, so “nobody wants to send me the real juicy stuff.”
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