Barack Obama on The View: President Talks Chelsea Clinton Wedding, Mel Gibson, Justin Bieber & More

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President Barack Obama stopped by The View today, marking the first-ever appearance by a sitting Commander-in-Chief on a daytime talk show.

The subject matter was mostly light.

Obama did touch on some of his recent lows - prosecuting two wars, the BP oil slick, a misstep over a race flap - and the greatest indignity of all:

He wasn't invited to Chelsea Clinton's wedding.

"I was not invited," Obama admitted when asked if he'd be attending Chelsea's nuptials with Marc Mezvinsky in Rhinebeck, N.Y., this coming weekend.

Obama said he supported the Clintons' decision to limit invites to guests who had a relationship with Chelsea, rather than including world leaders.

"I think Hillary and Bill properly want to keep this as a thing for Chelsea and her soon-to-be husband," he said. "You don't want two presidents."

Obama later revealed that his pop culture knowledge is significant, but not without holes. "I've got to admit I don't know who Snooki is," he said.

"I knew Lindsay was in jail," he added, referring to the jailing of Lindsay Lohan for failing to comply with probation terms of her DUI sentencing.

Asked about the recent scandal over the Oksana Grigorieva / Mel Gibson tapes, Obama replied: "I haven't seen a Mel Gibson movie in a while."

Obama does not use Twitter, but was a big fan of the iPod.

"I got Jay-Z on there, I've got Frank Sinatra. I've got Maria Callas on there," he said of the MP3 player. "I do not have Justin Bieber on there."

Slipping in polls of late, Obama may have decided on the light sit-down with the women of The View to reconnect with his female base.

He accomplished that, but did touch on some key issues.

When it came to the administration's firing of Shirley Sherrod, Obama was asked what light the case shed on race relations in America.

"When you took office a lot of people thought we'd get beyond race, Do you think America is still racist," asked Sherri Shepherd.

"I think what happened in that situation was a 24/7 media cycle that's always looking for controversy generated a phony controversy. A lot of people overreacted, including people in my administration," Obama said.

"When it comes to race let's acknowledge that of course there is still tension out there, there is still discrimination, there is still inequality. But we've made progress and if each of us takes it upon ourselves to treat people with fairness."

Anticipated fireworks from Elisabeth Hasselbeck did not materialize.

"We are in a state of chronic joblessness, yet you claim there are saved jobs, a standard not used before by any administration," said Hasselbeck.

"It's frustrating to hear that 'saved-jobs' boasting ... How can you continue to say you've saved jobs when in reality people are losing jobs?"

The president explained the stimulus gave money to states that would have otherwise fired teachers, police officers and other public employees.

"It makes a difference if your job was one of the ones saved. States got hammered as a result of the financial crisis. If we had not provided immediate assistance to the states, they would have had to fire teachers, police, firefighters," he said.

"This was not just a matter of jobs for those people but the services lost. We're bouncing back, but not bouncing back as quickly as we need to."

Asked by Barbara Walters about an increasingly deadly war in Afghanistan, the president reiterated his talking point that U.S. soldiers would be leaving Iraq this month and would begin drawing down from Afghanistan next summer.


JC by the way, here is your list of mayors who ruined GI:
Thomas E. Knotts - Town Board President, 1906-1910 Thomas E. Knotts, 1910-1914 (Rep) Mayor Thomas Knotts, 1910 R. O. Johnson, 1914-1918 (Rep) William F. Hodges, 1918-1922 (Rep) R. O. Johnson, 1922-1925 (Rep) Willliam Fulton, 1925-1926 (Rep) Floyd E. Williams, 1926-1930 (Rep) R. O. Johnson, 1930-1935 (Rep) Lee B. Clayton, 1935-1939 (Dem) Dr. E. L. Schiable, 1939-1943 (Rep) Joseph E. Finerty, 1943-1948 (Dem) Eugene Swartz, 1948-1952 (Dem) Peter Mandich, 1952-1958 (Dem) George C. Chacharis, 1958-1962 (Dem) A. Martin Katz, 1962-1968 (Dem)


Wrong dumb ass, I live in a 4200 sf house on 7.5 acres (oh yeah did I tell you its paid for:). You're the moron in the double wide. You are definitely in a state of confusion.I am self-employed. Born In GI, if you know what that means, murder capitol of the USA for many years, run by blacks, ruined by blacks, corrupted with blacks, crime ridden by mostly blacks, ck it out stupid been that way years.I could be your daddy,HA.You really have it all wrong. Your little man "Barry Soetoro" is only temporary.


We all need to realize that our country has been reduced to criminal politicians way before Obama ever took office. He did not ruin this country, greed did. The greed of the same men who stole this country (from the native Indians and claimed it to be their own). Please look at the list of embezzlers and thieves who have destroyed this country. They are all white men. I am ashamed to admit that, but people we need to work and help President Obama make a change. The Republicans represent no one but themselves. They could care less about the middle class or the poor. They see dollar signs and nothing more. Time to take the blinders off and face the truth.


The "hillbillies" will vote his HNIC ass out :)


I love it! President Obama is pissing off a lot of white people! You got to love that. A black man that's in charge and all the hillbillies are running behind him like a bunch of lost stray cats. Only in America! I love it! And once he's out of office, those same hillbillies will have to support him and his family (with their funky tax dollars) for the rest of their lives. I love it! And by the way, does he look like he gives a rat nut about any ratings? Look at that big smile! He's looking like he is saying, "Shut up American, I'm the head N in charge!" I love it!


I am a shrink...


JC they have medicine for what ails you. See a shrink.




Only an idiot would criticize Obama for going on the Emmy winning view. Most nighttime news shows..well, Dateline hangs with the crime theme..there's precious little way to reach America anymore! And why not the American housewife, househusband, and those misfortunate to be unemployed!! Also, the view has 2 fine black women, the 1st time in American History..and Barbara Walters that has proven her mettle! Interviewed the greatest of all time Sadat, sitting President's, ect. And an Italiano sitting by Obama..Joy doesn't get much better than this! Until the last 15 minutes, it was a darn good experience!


Everyone that doesn't believe what this guy is about and all the cronies who surround him, after he's out of office this next election, after the dust settles and you finally come out the clouds-you'll see the destruction he and his admin. have done to this country. It will take awhile to fix-undo health care garbage,all of the tax schemes, we need to shrink gov, everything they touch turns to crap and we get to pay for it."forever" they should all be in prison, scum.

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Barack Hussein Obama II

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