On Wednesday, President Obama tapes his appearance on The View—the women's daytime talk show, hosted roundtable style by the likes of Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters. Some argue, of course, that this appearance might not be the best choice for a sitting president. Others say that while The View might be a light sort of show, presidents have been headed toward informality for decades, and this interview will offer a good chance for Obama to get his message out.
UndignifiedSeveral online writers highlight
Democratic Governor Ed Rendell's comment on Morning Joe: "I think the
president should be accessible, should answer questions that aren't
pre-screened, but I think there should be a little bit of dignity to
the presidency … I wouldn't put him on Jerry Springer either."
Perhaps a Step in the Wrong Direction Mediaite's Glynnis MacNicol
thinks Rendell's Jerry Springer comparison might be a bit much. "That
said, it does sort of beg the question: Next stop American Idol?" He does think "Obama's appearance on The View will likely provide at least some good soundbites," though--a plus "on the heels of the Shirley Sherrod debacle."
That's what former View co-host Rosie O'Donnell calls it, as Brian
Maloney notices at Radio Equalizer. O'Donnell says she has "mixed
feelings" about Obama's appearance, as she "[doesn't] really think
sitting presidents should do fluffy daytime TV shows." She suggests
Oprah as an alternative.
'Smart,' with Drawbacks, decides Politics Daily's Lynn Sweet.
"[H]e can talk about his health care and financial reform overhauls and
what they mean to consumers in a friendly setting," and The View will
be a good setting for unscripted remarks. She does admit, though, that
"[i]t may be hard to pull this off ... with total dignity," recalling
Barbara Walters's comments on Obama's personal appearance.
Dignity's Out of Fashion Anyway, protests Sweet's fellow Politics Daily writer Walter Shapiro.
"[W]hat stuns me is that anyone is stunned that Barack Obama is going
on 'The View.' Dignity has been on a downhill slide at the White House
since the days when George H.W. Bush pretended that his love of pork
rinds proved his Texas authenticity." Also weighing in at Politics
Daily, Matt Lewis agrees that the ship of presidential dignity "sailed
long ago and is halfway across the ocean," Bonnie Goldstein says "the
president has pretty good instincts" on this one, and Alex Wagner says
she "understand[s] the reasoning." Suzi Parker, by contrast, calls the
entire debate "much ado about very little," and thinks it unlikely that
"anyone [will] care beyond a mini news cycle."
Do the Glenn Beck Show Instead, suggests Robbie Gennet at The Huffington Post. "I'd like to see him break through directly to the Fox audience." Gennet isn't a fan of Fox and what he sees as its highly selective take on political news.
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