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Michelle Obama's making a well-timed 'View' stop

June 5, 2008 | 12:51 pm

To the victors belong ... ever-increasing television exposure.

Michelle Obama walks ahead of her husband, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, at a rally in Minnesota   ABC's women-oriented chat show "The View" has announced that Michelle Obama, the presumptive Democratic contender for first lady, will appear on the program June 18 (a Wednesday). In fact, she's being billed not only as a guest, but a "co-host" with regulars Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd.

Obama had been scheduled for a "View" drop-by in early December, but -- being the good Democrat that she is -- cancelled because of the writers strike that began in late November.

As it turns out, her upcoming appearance is more propitiously timed, given that one of her husband's immediate challenges is to make-nice to Hillary Clinton's legion of female supporters (some of whom, we imagine, are "View" watchers).

For those keeping track, Barack Obama has been on "The View" twice, most recently in late March. Not surprisingly, he got gushed over. Cindy McCain has already been a View co-host.

-- Don Frederick

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