IN DEFENSE OF OBAMA: Here's Why the Prez MUST Go on 'The View' and Gab With Joy, Whoopi, and Even Elisabeth on Thursday!

Mon, July 26, 2010 12:52pm EDT by 4 Comments
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Senator Barack Obama on 'The View' in March 2008 during the election. (Courtesy ABC)

You’re going to hear a lot of gnashing and gnawing today about the President appearing on ABC’s The View on July 29. But it might just be the best move Obama could make right now, Will Lee insists.

It’s the first time a sitting president has ever appeared on a daytime talk show, and conservatives and liberals alike will slam Barack Obama for what they’ll probably perceive as a flimsy distraction from all the “serious” issues he’s facing. But they’re seriously wrong.

We get it: Horrific oil spill, saggy economy, instability within his own party, and, today, a potentially critical leak exposing all kinds of serious flaws in the US strategy in Afghanistan. It’s easy to ask, “Isn’t there a better time for our president to be sitting down at America’s favorite televised kaffeeklatsch gabbing with Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck?”

There’s really no better time. In fact, this is the best time. And the best audience, too: The View has the broadly female, domestic-decision-making audience of people who make a difference where it counts. Namely, at home, with kids, and with many more real-life concerns than the yammering pundits at FOX News or MSNBC.

And that’s what is brilliant about Obama’s View gambit: He knows he has to reach these women, who voted for him in droves in 2008, to sway public sentiment back his way. What better way to get them than The View?

Obama’s transcendent strength as a candidate was his ability to communicate with the citizenry, whether in person or on TV. After ascending to the Oval Office, he’s often seemed distant, removed, and problematically disconnected from the concerns of Everyman and Everywoman. He has often seemed like the Overanalyzer-in-Chief rather than a Great Communicator.

And yet, a well-promoted, highly-hyped, much-debated and, ultimately, minimally-invasive sit-down with the View crew could change all that. He could tell us with some feeling and intimacy what he’s doing, and how he’s really feeling about the issues circling him like sharks. Obama could, and should, reasonably convey some degree of insecurity about what’s going on. After all, he’s got to be just as worried as the rest of us, if not more so.

But in just one moment, with his jacket unbuttoned, one elbow draped on the back of the couch, that confident grin the nation knows, and the galvanizing self-assurance that got him elected president, Obama can tell the ladies of The View and the rest of the country that everything will be worked out.

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Alex

Posted at 2:19 PM on July 26, 2010  

Elizabeth can ask Barry what he knows about the release of the “Lockerbie Bomber”, or the seceret documents about the war being leaked to the press. But all of that will have to wait untill Joy gets done dry humping him on national TV.

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Republican Mama

Posted at 2:29 PM on July 26, 2010  

LOL @ Joy dry humping Barry.

Hopefully Elizabeth asks him where he was born!!!

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galey

Posted at 2:13 PM on July 26, 2010  

This is how he addresses the people? Puuuuuleze….how many people watch the View? Mayby more lately though since a lot of people don’t have jobs due to the incompetence of this President. He knows he is in “safe” territory on the View – if he really wanted to “address the people” he would go on Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News since he has the most ratings by far! This President should be impeached in my opinion.

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barb

Posted at 1:50 PM on July 26, 2010  

Oh yeah, that’s all we need. Boy will I feel better after this show is over.
will Lee is a moron.

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