Is it beneath President Obama’s dignity to appear on “The View” tomorrow?
Yes, say Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pennsylvania) and Republican Pat Buchanan. They both blasted Obama’s scheduled visit to ABC’s daytime female chatfest, but theirs appears to be the minority opinion. The program is to be taped today.
A sitting U.S. president should do “serious” shows, Rendell argued yesterday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “The View” can be serious, he said, but it also “rocks and rolls a little bit.” Buchanan agreed, saying there should be some “majesty” to the presidency.
“If Buchanan wants majesty, he’s revealing his royalist side,” riffs Charles Bierbauer, dean of the College of Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina and a former CNN correspondent.
“Wasn’t it Nixon who put the White House police in palace guard uniforms? Then again, wasn’t it Nixon who said ‘Sock it to me!’ on ‘Laugh-in?’” in 1968.
Tomorrow will mark the first time a sitting U.S. president has appeared on a daytime talk show, according to “View” producers. Accordingly, matriarch Barbara Walters will return to the set for the first time since her heart surgery in May.
Obama was previously on “The View” twice — in November 2004, as a U.S. Senator, and in March 2008 (photo above), as a prospective presidential candidate whom Walters pronounced “very sexy.”
Alex S. Jones, director of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, sees no problem with the embattled president sitting in on “The View.”
“Does Obama want to get his message out? Of course he does. If you’re a politician, you go to where the people are going to listen. ‘The View’ is a great place for him to reach a large group of people, a lot of them women concerned about issues like the economy.”