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.


If I remember correctly, Obama is trying to get the economoy back on track... What do you think the stimulus bills were for or even giving people an extension who are using unemployment after being laid off from their jobs. The Republicans tried to stop this and I admire the president for being able take an hour out of his busy schedule to address the concerns that people have. Before people choose to make idiotic comments, please do some research like Kathy Leonard. Thank you.


I think that Obama has better things to be doing as our President than sitting down and chatting about the celebrities, what he listens to, the Clinton's wedding, etc. What he needs to be worrying about is how to fix the economy, creating more jobs, and the defense of our country and it's borders. Instead of chatting on national television, why doesn't he do something to prove to the American people that he should be the President. I cannot wait for the next election. He has turned this country upside down and is unqualified to even be the President. I am hoping by the next election we as voters will stand up and make an educated vote for the country and what is best for the country.


Hey at least he is up to date on some of the gossip. hahahha


It does "humanize" the President, but there are so many better talk shows on the air! Ever since Rosie left, this show has gone down the drain. Here in Miami, we can't wait for Rosie to start her own (substantive) talk show again!


It seems pretty obvious to me that the real reason Obama was snubbed was Hillary is not his vice- president. Simple. She's still pouting.


I don't know what's going to come of this country. People have become cynical and negative. They would rather act as a judge than toactually do soimething. Prez Obama is doing something. He i at least trying to come up with answers rather than sit back on his pompous ass and criticize. Feel the need to do and say something positive for a change. What have you and others like you done to this great nation. Shame on you!


At least Chelsea has accomplish much with her life. She is smart and educated. You never see her gettibg in trouble. Drinking or drugs. What are you doing with your life. We need o treat people with respect.


It was a priviledge to be able to see the entire interview today with the president sharing the couch on The View. All questions that he was asked were answered,
and at the end of the show it was a golden opportunity to see him not only as The President, but someone who is indeed very much a leader,choosing his words very carefully and honestly.Barack Obama
is not a one hit wonder,he does his homework and will continue to excel with the right people encouraging his motivations. PEACE!!


I am glad the president has had the time to actually come on The View and not only get a laugh in but address some of the concerns that people have been having. It shows humility that he is able to connect with everyday people. It took George Bush 8 years to tear this country apart with his dumb decisions and we can not expect everything to be okay in the blink of an eye. These things take time but at least now, we are finally moving in the right direction.


phew. thank god he doesnt listen to justin bieber. he woulda lost my vote right there. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

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Barack Hussein Obama II

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