President Obama on 'The View' -- we're getting mushy just thinking about it
Clear your schedules for Thursday morning, and heat up some chicken soup for the soul. President Obama will cozy up to the ladies of the ABC show "The View" in the first appearance by a sitting president on a daytime talk show.
Obama was interviewed on the show in March 2008, shortly after announcing his bid for presidency. Then three months later, soon-to-be-First Lady Michelle Obama showed "her warmer side," as the New York Times called it.
Members of Obama's Cabinet have frequented "The View" in the past, perhaps to enjoy the regular softball questions that the show's hosts are often criticized for. Fox News griped about as much in response to a 2006 interview between "The View's" Joy Behar and Hillary Clinton.
Washington and the journalism world will surely be watching with a critical eye. But what's important to ABC is that they'll be watching -- along with the show's primarily female audience. The program recently saw its highest total of young women viewers in three months.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg could barely contain her excitement, calling it "one of the biggest announcements we've probably ever made." It's so significant, apparently, that Barbara Walters, who is set to return as a regular host in September, will make a "special appearance."
The four ladies went on to reminisce about Vice President Joe Biden's appearance in April, when he chatted about his wife, Jill, and his oopsie-daisy drop of the F-bomb. (We should expect plenty of that sentimental junk from Thursday's show -- a likely tactic to redeem Obama's slipping approval ratings.) The women then commented about those nice "security guards" -- no, wait, Secret Service.
"They were all over me," Behar said of the federal agents. "I felt like I was at a gay bar."
"I'm going to leave that alone," Goldberg replied.
Good thinking, Whoopi.
-- Mark Milian
Photo: Michelle Obama on "The View" in June 2008. Credit: Steve Fenn / ABC