President Barack Obama appeared on The View today. He is the first sitting president to appear on a daytime talk show. Many questioned the wisdom and purpose of such an appearance. Former View moderator, Rosie Oâ€™Donnell, even said the show is too â€œfluffyâ€ for a president.
However, President Obama appeared on The View to remind people why America fell in love with him and voted for him in 2008. He answered the womenâ€™s questions in a genuine and relaxed manner. He addressed issues ranging from the BP oil spill, to unemployment, to the Shirley Sherrod debacle, to LiLoâ€™s jail term, to Mel Gibsonâ€™s anger issues. (But he has no idea who Snooki is and doesnâ€™t tweet).
President Obama's View of His Presidency
President Obama said that although he and his administration have been bombarded with national and global issues, the country has made significant progress since he took office. Health care and financial reform were passed, and the economy is stabilizing. For example, the auto industry is seeing progress an innovation since the bailout. However, the President acknowledged that there is much work to be done.
President Obama Explains How He Stays Cool When Facing the Heat
The women asked about immediate issues that are drastically affecting the country and affecting the Presidentâ€™s poll numbers, such as the gulf oil spill and financial turbulence. President Obama said he tries never to focus on the short term effects, problems and public disapproval. He looks at things in terms of the long-term impact. He said that this is why he stays so cool and calm in the face of massive problems and political attacks. The President said he is frustrated, however, by the feeling of being in the midst of a perpetual campaign and the 24-hour news cycle.Â He said there should be a time for campaigning and a time for governing.
President Obama Announces Plan for Drawdown of Troops on The View
One major announcement the President made was the plan for a drawing down of troops in Afghanistan, beginning in July of 2011. The President also said combat operations in Iraq will end this month.
Source: The View