Obamas Visit The View, Talk Politics & Hannah Montana

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From leading the free world at the United Nations General Assembly to leading a political discussion on The View, President Barack Obama had quite an eventful day.

He and First Lady Michelle Obama sat down with the ABC show's panel today and contrasted his and challenger Mitt Romney's differing views on tax policy:

This is an election year? Who knew. The ladies of The View also asked he thinks the country would fare if Republican opponent Romney were actually elected.

Obama diplomatically replied that America is strong enough to survive any leadership, but "the American people don't want to just survive, we want to thrive."

Nicely played.

As for her own aspirations, don't expect Michelle Obama to attempt to follow in her husband's footsteps, a la Hillary and Bill Clinton.

She addressed that topic laughingly, saying, "It takes a lot of patience to be the president of the United States, and I'm not that patient!"

Barbara Walters also asked Michelle to describe her husband's personality, noting honestly that "we hear aloof, cold, unemotional."

"He's very loving. He's very giving. He's very open," the first lady gushed. "He's funny. I'm funnier. But we understand that!"

Point, Michelle!

The couple recounted their first date back in 1989, eating ice cream outside a Baskin Robbins in Chicago. They shared their first kiss, a fact commemorated by a plaque (seriously).

The president also described daughters Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, "spinning around" backstage and reenacting Hannah Montana at the Democratic National Convention.

He quipped that he walked out on stage before his DNC speech "thinking about Hannah Montana." One can see how that would be a little awkward. Kids ...

Decision 2012:

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Barack Obama Biography

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Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America. He became a Democratic U.S. Senator from Illinois in 2004, and has... More »
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Barack Hussein Obama II

Barack Obama Quotes

I do think in Washington, it's a little bit like American Idol. But everybody is Simon Cowell.

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I think I'm a pretty cool dad.

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