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5 theories why Obama is going on 'The View'
The Week ^ | July 27, 2010

Posted on 07/27/2010 7:50:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

President Obama is making history by participating in a daytime talk show. But why "The View"? And why now?

Though no sitting president has ever appeared on a daytime talk show, when Barack Obama tapes "The View" on Wednesday, it will actually be his second visit with Barbara Walters & Co. The last time "The View" ladies welcomed him, during his 2008 presidential campaign, their questions weren't entirely soft-ball. So why is Obama returning now? And is it a good idea? Here are five takes: (Watch Whoopi Goldberg's announcement)

1. The president is doing PR repair after the Shirley Sherrod debacle Obama's decision to do "The View," says David Zurawik in The Baltimore Sun, is a "direct response" to the criticism over "his administration's harsh and abrupt firing of USDA worker [Sherrod]." His mea culpas will be aimed at the "many female viewers of 'The View' who might have been particularly offended" by the firing, and it fits the prototypical Obama pattern: "When the going gets tough, the president goes on TV."

2. It's an inevitable step — why did it take so long? Almost 20 years after populist genius Bill Clinton's seminal saxophone moment on The Arsenio Hall Show, says Jason Cochran in WalletPop, Obama's stop by "The View" shows that our politicians are finally seeing "value in communicating with us where we actually live, in between the ads for groceries and diapers." The real question is: Why haven't other presidents tapped this demographic?

3. Obama knows "The View" audience will give him a no-brainer boost Obama would reach a bigger audience on the "Late Show with David Letterman," says Jessica Grose in Slate's XX Factor, but given his "pretty dismal" approval ratings, "Obama is looking for an easy boost, and he knows he'll get it from Barbara and Co." He's likely noted how "gentle" they were with Vice President Joe Biden in April.

4. Older women vote The specific demographic goldmine here is the show's "huge audience of middle-aged, working class women," says Amy Chozick in The Wall Street Journal. These women (median age: 59) "rarely watch the Sunday news shows," but they "vote in midterm elections in much larger numbers than their male counterparts."

5. It's the economy, stupid It's important to remember that "The View" audience isn't just female, says Dan Amira in New York Magazine. With the midterm elections fast approaching, and the economy "still struggling," Obama could really "use some face time" with both "penny-pinching suburban housewives and channel-flipping unemployed people" of both sexes.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; economy; fail; narcissism; obama; shirleysherrod; television; unemployment
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Well, there are sure to be LOTS of unemployed people able to tune in, thanks to Barry.

The comments are worth the price of admission...

1 posted on 07/27/2010 7:50:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

SIX — When he decided to skip the 100th anniversary Boy Scout Jamboree, he purposely picked a chicks-only venue to underscore his point.


2 posted on 07/27/2010 7:51:25 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He should go on Maury so we find out who his real father is...


3 posted on 07/27/2010 7:52:10 PM PDT by Pavegunner72
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He needs to tell the world that its Bush’s fault


4 posted on 07/27/2010 7:52:39 PM PDT by woofie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why not, he has nothing better to do between vacations


5 posted on 07/27/2010 7:52:44 PM PDT by doc1019 (Martyrdom is a great thing, until it is your turn.)
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To: Pavegunner72

Would Satan show up for the DNA test, though?


6 posted on 07/27/2010 7:53:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Soapbox & Ballot Box or Ammo Box.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Simple, it’s an inane show for an inane President.


7 posted on 07/27/2010 7:53:24 PM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Because he's not man enough to go on Fox?

What a wimp.

8 posted on 07/27/2010 7:53:54 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Fzob

It’s like “Honey, I Shrunk The Presidency.”


9 posted on 07/27/2010 7:54:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Soapbox & Ballot Box or Ammo Box.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
There is no need to theorize why he's going on that show.

He's a gay man. That's why.

10 posted on 07/27/2010 7:54:32 PM PDT by upstanding
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To: unixfox

He’s hard up for feminine companionship.


11 posted on 07/27/2010 7:55:15 PM PDT by csmusaret (A government that can dictate how much water flows into a toilet is a powerful government indeed.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They couldn’t pay me enough to watch that stupid show.


12 posted on 07/27/2010 7:55:24 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Seven; He lusts after what Ted Dansen had.


13 posted on 07/27/2010 7:56:24 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Political correctness in America today is a Rip Van Winkle acid trip.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

6. He is a pansie who likes hanging out with the gals.


14 posted on 07/27/2010 7:56:27 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: unixfox

Obama needs a little worshiping and a whole lotta love. He’ll get it on the View.


15 posted on 07/27/2010 7:56:31 PM PDT by altura
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To: Dr. Sivana

Well last summer when the American Legion held Boys & Girls Nation in DC, DS Obama refused to meet with the kids. Considered them a threat to his take over.


16 posted on 07/27/2010 7:56:56 PM PDT by Buffalowolf (Take out the trash and Obama too !!!!)
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To: unixfox

You got that right.


17 posted on 07/27/2010 7:56:57 PM PDT by timeflies
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To: Pavegunner72
He should bring the whole family on Jerry Springer ...


Source: FReeper Roscoe Karns

18 posted on 07/27/2010 7:59:06 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (Obama is a man-caused disaster..........)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s “Dipping Low”.


19 posted on 07/27/2010 7:59:11 PM PDT by BobS
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The comments are worth the price of admission...

*********

I notice the supporters largely communicate in pidjin.

He should do well.


20 posted on 07/27/2010 7:59:31 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (The bureaucrat is the natural enemy of liberty.)
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To: csmusaret
He’s hard up for feminine companionship.

Funny, I thought Barney Frank was giving him that.

21 posted on 07/27/2010 7:59:40 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Dr. Sivana
OBama is threatened by men. He feels safe and flattered by a gaggle of females. Be honest--when has he ever been face to face with a strong male presence that he didn't get all femmy and waspish and snarky and pull rank like a chicken junior officer?

Obama hides behind women because in the company of real men, he can't cut the mustard. And he knows it.

22 posted on 07/27/2010 8:00:49 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: woofie

You got it!

Still, there’s something demeaning to the office for Obama to appear on The View.


23 posted on 07/27/2010 8:01:01 PM PDT by griswold3 ('Regulation and law without enforcement is no law at all)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
EIGHTH: Obama will have 4 high verbal, rabid liberal women to protect him from the single conservative.
24 posted on 07/27/2010 8:01:41 PM PDT by highlander_UW (Education is too important to abdicate control of it to the government)
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Its a gay thing ....you wouldnt understand


25 posted on 07/27/2010 8:02:45 PM PDT by woofie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
These people are so full of it. The man is desperate now. I watched a couple of minutes of Obies little speech today. It was awful. Disjointed, contradictory, rambling. Something a 6th grader would have written. His delivery without the prompter is terrible.

I think picking the View is more about the aggrandizement he will have foisted upon him by these shallow women and less about reconstructing his "message".

26 posted on 07/27/2010 8:03:24 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's important to remember that "The View" audience isn't just female,

If we eliminate females and gay males, how much of the audience is left?

27 posted on 07/27/2010 8:04:31 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

WTF...


28 posted on 07/27/2010 8:06:38 PM PDT by allmost
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He needs to reconnect with his brain dead base....


29 posted on 07/27/2010 8:06:59 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

uh, gay?


30 posted on 07/27/2010 8:08:48 PM PDT by erman (Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Simple. Socialism appeals to many, many women—especially single ones. To many of them, the Government is the stable husband they don’t (and never will) have.


31 posted on 07/27/2010 8:09:33 PM PDT by rbg81 (When you see Obama, shout: "DO YOUR JOB!!")
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To: Dr. Sivana
SIX — When he decided to skip the 100th anniversary Boy Scout Jamboree, he purposely picked a chicks-only venue to underscore his point.

It's confirmed. Obama is America's first female President.

32 posted on 07/27/2010 8:11:04 PM PDT by fullchroma
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

4. Those 59 y/o working class women are the Tea Party.


33 posted on 07/27/2010 8:11:53 PM PDT by redangus
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To: Tzimisce
I think you got it.

3. Obama knows "The View" audience will give him a no-brainer boost

34 posted on 07/27/2010 8:11:56 PM PDT by eggman (Journolist - All the news we choose to use and abuse.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No.
The kid is not my son.
MJ


35 posted on 07/27/2010 8:12:01 PM PDT by satan
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To: fullchroma

No doubt O-Faglet is a queer. I am so ashamed this man represents this great nation of strong people.


36 posted on 07/27/2010 8:13:36 PM PDT by In God I trust
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To: eggman

He is losing his stupid audience. No better way to shore it up than go on a stupid show.


37 posted on 07/27/2010 8:15:08 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Buffalowolf

Cocky rooster just showing off fcr the old hens.


38 posted on 07/27/2010 8:15:39 PM PDT by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Obama’s at it again.. Charm the ladies, get them all “tingly” and they’ll do whatever he wants them to. “The View’s” audience are sheep who feed on emotion and that’s the only kind of fan Obama has left. Yes, poor Obama’s tried so hard to get us out of the ditch Bush put us in (/sarcasm), blah blah blah.. Cry, ladies, cry.. Support Obama and those poor, poor Democrats.. Frickin’ PATHETIC. Maybe someone on the panel can discuss the Mosque being built at ground zero and surprise and shock the audience because you can bet they aren’t even aware of it. Bah-bah-bah-bah-bah...


39 posted on 07/27/2010 8:17:49 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: hinckley buzzard

“OBama is threatened by men. He feels safe and flattered by a gaggle of females. Be honest—when has he ever been face to face with a strong male presence that he didn’t get all femmy and waspish and snarky and pull rank like a chicken junior officer?

Obama hides behind women because in the company of real men, he can’t cut the mustard. And he knows it.”

Probably because his dad abandoned him and he was raised by his grandmother and mom. Never had a good father figure, so he doesn’t know how to interact with men.


40 posted on 07/27/2010 8:19:21 PM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: eggman
Agreed.

"NO-BRAINER BOOST" ALERT

41 posted on 07/27/2010 8:19:25 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s a warm up to another OPRAH visit....


42 posted on 07/27/2010 8:20:54 PM PDT by goodnesswins (DEMOCRATS LOSE.....America WINS!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s singing to the choir time. Trying to remind one of the democrats prime demographic that elections are coming up in Nov and not to stay home no matter how much buyers remorse they currently have.
It will be filled with moronic questions designed specifically to make him look good. Barbara Walters softballs at their finest.
There will also be that carefully scripted moment of humble = “Maybe a few mistakes have been made along the way (but mostly the fault of others, not me, I’m the messiah), but keep voting dem because we are going to fix everything”.
Cue the applause signs behind the camera and Joy Behar having an out of body orgasm.


43 posted on 07/27/2010 8:21:02 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

6. Needs a sympathetic audience to announce that he is going into rehab for cocaine addiction.


44 posted on 07/27/2010 8:22:06 PM PDT by garjog
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To: Psalm 144
"I notice the supporters largely communicate in pidjin."

Well, they are members of a Cargo Cult.

45 posted on 07/27/2010 8:22:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Soapbox & Ballot Box or Ammo Box.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This guy is so shallow and predictable that it's funny and sad at the same time.

If I were on the View, I would tear into him because I would know why he's there, what his agenda is, and that he's “using me” as a soft target for a PR campaign targeting women. I would ask him direct questions on hard topics and not let him slip out from underneath them. But this is what will happen. They will ask him fluff, things like what he likes to eat, or what his most enchanting moment was. They will tell him how much they love him, how great he is, and everyone will smile. It will be a nice long waste of time filled with fluffy moments of feel good niceties thrown back and fourth and all the women at home will again be on board with Obama because he's so slim, handsome, clean, articulate, with big white teeth, wears a pretty suit, and looks so dignified and cool, even walking with a swagger.

This is what got him elected, this is what he will do to save himself: http://www.megavideo.com/?v=PXQRQQ9F

From day one all form, no function.

46 posted on 07/27/2010 8:23:26 PM PDT by Red6 (IMHO)
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To: Reddy

Hi Ladies.. Let's Chat and get all emotional!

47 posted on 07/27/2010 8:24:05 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: Pavegunner72

i bet he’s scared to go on Jerry Springer , tho, somebody would be takin’ him out in a heartbeart
lol


48 posted on 07/27/2010 8:24:59 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Free Nobel Peace Prize with oil change =^..^=)
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To: goodnesswins

Aren’t Oprahs ratings crashing?


49 posted on 07/27/2010 8:25:34 PM PDT by himno hero
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To: Pavegunner72

i bet he’s scared to go on Jerry Springer , tho, somebody would be takin’ him out in a heartbeart
lol


50 posted on 07/27/2010 8:26:05 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Free Nobel Peace Prize with oil change =^..^=)
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