President Barack Obama: The View on ABC TV LiveSubmited By Faris Hussain
President Obama took a turn on the couch with the women of ABC’s “The View” this week, answering questions on topics that ranged from the war in Afghanistan to the actor Mel Gibson’s anger and sparring with the show’s resident conservative over jobs and the economy.
His appearance on the daytime talk show that is popular with women was taped on Wednesday for broadcast on Thursday. It was Mr. Obama’s first visit to the show as president; he had appeared as a presidential candidate.
“I was trying to find a show that Michelle actually watched,” the president quipped.
In a dark suit, white shirt and deep blue tie, Mr. Obama sat on a curved sofa between the hosts Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg on his right and Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, a staunch conservative, to his left.
Coming onstage, Mr. Obama greeted Ms. Hasselbeck with a kiss, but before long she was challenging his claim that his economic stimulus program had “saved” jobs. Mr. Obama stood his ground, and when he said that people had kept their jobs because their employers benefited, the friendly and mostly female audience burst into applause.