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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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To: himno hero

What are the VIEW’S ratings? (I wouldn’t know...never watched it....)


51 posted on 07/27/2010 8:26:52 PM PDT by goodnesswins (DEMOCRATS LOSE.....America WINS!)
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To: Reddy
What on Earth are you talking about? /sarcasm

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52 posted on 07/27/2010 8:26:56 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: wideminded
"If we eliminate females and gay males, how much of the audience is left?"

With Obama there.. NONE.

53 posted on 07/27/2010 8:28:59 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: Pavegunner72

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

+++++++++++++++

I’m crying laughing. That’s funny.


54 posted on 07/27/2010 8:29:43 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: Dr. Sivana

... and scouts don’t vote


55 posted on 07/27/2010 8:30:33 PM PDT by Optimist (I think I'm beginning to see a pattern here.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

This thread is full of choice put downs and Obama has earned them. Just another gay effin’ Harvard lawyer like Elena Kagan


56 posted on 07/27/2010 8:30:42 PM PDT by dennisw (Sarah Mclachlan in 2012)
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To: historyrepeatz


57 posted on 07/27/2010 8:31:07 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: goodnesswins

Dunno, but they will probably go down like anyone else he visits and supports!


58 posted on 07/27/2010 8:31:22 PM PDT by himno hero
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To: Dr. Sivana

SEVEN: MTV’s JACK ASS turned him down.


59 posted on 07/27/2010 8:33:39 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: historyrepeatz

The karate one, fifth one down, is 0bama at his limp wristed best plus his facial expression is priceless


60 posted on 07/27/2010 8:34:41 PM PDT by dennisw (Sarah Mclachlan in 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not to be outdone by Gov. Palin, Obama appears on the View to kick off his “Mama Grungies” tour


61 posted on 07/27/2010 8:36:56 PM PDT by justsaynomore (Eventus stultorum magister)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Because he sucks at everything else.




62 posted on 07/27/2010 8:39:08 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Given all his effeminate behavior, he should feel
right at ease with the rest of the girls. He can show
how to throw a baseball like a girl.


63 posted on 07/27/2010 8:42:42 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Dr. Sivana

I keep trying to remember if I’ve ever read of one of Obama’s old girlfriends saying anything about him ... weird. I cannot think of one ... weird. ;-)


64 posted on 07/27/2010 8:46:58 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To call the blonde a teabagging racist?


65 posted on 07/27/2010 8:50:32 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Pavegunner72

that would prove to be interesting to me


66 posted on 07/27/2010 8:50:59 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: Tunehead54

In his supposed autobiography the only girlfriend story mentioned was identical to the primary girlfriend saga of William Ayers’ life. It was all about class issues, and didn’t focus on romance or sex at all. Someone pointed out that the odds of Obama and Ayers having such an eerily similar experience is astronomical.


67 posted on 07/27/2010 8:53:55 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Pavegunner72

Nice shot! Still laughing, thanks.


68 posted on 07/27/2010 8:58:20 PM PDT by Textide
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t watch daytime talk shows. I’m at work.

I don’t watch Sunday news shows. I’m in church.

I think that my “don’t watch” profile fits that of millions of Americans, including the vast majority of voters—men, women, old, young, rich, poor, well-informed, uninformed, all races and ethnicities.

And I wouldn’t want to see obama anyway. The very sight of him makes me angry. I think that that reaction fits a large and growing number of Americans as well.


69 posted on 07/27/2010 9:00:25 PM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: Honorary Serb

Have you tried buying a recorder?


70 posted on 07/27/2010 9:02:43 PM PDT by whence911 (Here illegally? Go home. Get in line!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"huge audience of middle-aged, working class women,"

As a working female I stopped reading right there.

71 posted on 07/27/2010 9:06:53 PM PDT by Lilpug15 (The Forgotten Man: He works, he votes and he generally prays - but He Always Pays": Sumner)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He must be wanting Barbara Wawa to tell him, once again, how sexy he is. Or maybe he wants to tell Sherri Shepherd that Shirley Sherrod’s father was NOT lynched by the KKK.
72 posted on 07/27/2010 9:07:51 PM PDT by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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To: historyrepeatz

Thanks,

I needed a good laugh!


73 posted on 07/27/2010 9:08:59 PM PDT by Jonah Vark (Any 5th grader knows that the Constitution declares the separation of powers. President Obama, get)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

6. Why not? That’s his natural habitat anyway. The real mystery is how did his handlers convinced him to take a grown-up job.


74 posted on 07/27/2010 9:09:22 PM PDT by Moose Burger
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Because he’s gay and he misses hanging around with Fag-hags like those on the view.


75 posted on 07/27/2010 9:09:22 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama really wanted to go on Jerry Springer!
Jerry would have pulled out the DNA results to prove who
is Zero’s real father. (It is Malcolm X and that is why the birth certificate is hidden away).


76 posted on 07/27/2010 9:10:48 PM PDT by Undocumented_capitalist (Obama never ran even a hot dog stand but now he is running the entire country?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Two words: knee pads.

Cheers!

77 posted on 07/27/2010 9:14:17 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
After the Lewinski scandal broke, Clinton got VERY selective with his speaking engagements. Only the safest, most supportive venues and scripted softball questions. I think his handlers were afraid the audience would be full of hecklers in stained blue dresses.

Obama's handlers looked at his poll numbers, then had nightmares about protesters with crude-oil-filled supersoakers.

They're thinking Obama's having a crisis of confidence. He needs to hit a home run, not just to motivate his troops but for his own ego.

The View fills the bill perfectly. Hope the girls there have prepared for his visit by bringing extra pairs of dry panties - I know they'll need them afterwards.

78 posted on 07/27/2010 9:16:08 PM PDT by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To skip the Boy Scout Centennial Jamboree in Washington D.C. Boy Scouts should invite former Bush Presidents.

To promoter fundraising tour.

To get easy questions from Left wing Socialist View Hosts.


79 posted on 07/27/2010 9:22:44 PM PDT by Steelers6
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To tell you the truth, the whole thing makes no sense to me. I don’t see where he’s going to connect with a single person watching “The Spew” who wouldn’t have voted for him otherwise. So, from a political perspective, what’s the point?

Actually, only a truly pathetic weakling of a President would chose to appear with a pack of completely ignorant and witless morons like Joy Behar, rather than say, a little trip to the lions den on Fox to attempt to slay a dragon or two there. Obama’s appearance with Joy Behar, more than practically anything else he’s done as President, shows what a pathetic little weakling of a human being he truly is.


80 posted on 07/27/2010 9:26:15 PM PDT by catnipman
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To: gov_bean_ counter; 2ndDivisionVet
This is eerily reminiscent of the Doonesbury strip which had a beleaguered President Nixon (funny how I think of him as more honorable than Teh One), on the recommendation of his advisors, to give a speech in "Fritters, Alabama" ("98% of the town on federal contracts; it's perfect!") to break the back of his credibility gap.

And just think. This is in Teh One's first two years, and without any overt scandal or crisis.

Cheers!

81 posted on 07/27/2010 9:31:51 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Simple. Because the gullible idiots no longer come looking for him.


82 posted on 07/27/2010 9:33:14 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: Undocumented_capitalist

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83 posted on 07/27/2010 9:42:18 PM PDT by Undocumented_capitalist (Obama never ran even a hot dog stand but now he is running the entire country?)
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To: Secret Agent Man
To call the blonde a teabagging racist?

Which of course, would be sexist.

84 posted on 07/27/2010 11:39:05 PM PDT by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s going to talk about his ‘girls”, Michelle included and say how FABULOUS they all are....oh, and how they are all just like us!!


85 posted on 07/28/2010 4:05:47 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I bet he and Michelle will pull some stunt on his birthday to follow up with this idiot demographic. She’ll be at that five star resort in Spain. Barack will be all alone in Chicago or where ever he is partying. Michelle and the kid will do a video or maybe even fly back to surprise him.


86 posted on 07/28/2010 4:11:03 AM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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?

Because it cheapens the office. Even Clinton drew a line at some point.

87 posted on 07/28/2010 4:15:40 AM PDT by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This appearance makes him look desperate in my “view”. Go for it zero.


88 posted on 07/28/2010 4:29:49 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Dr. Sivana

Sure doesn’t help his manly image.


89 posted on 07/28/2010 4:35:32 AM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: altura

Bingo, he needs an ego boost and those old yentas will be drooling all over the Marxist bastard. I’d spit in his face if I met him.
Why he’s not arrested for treason in beyond my imagination.
He’s going on the View because he was elected by the massive hordes of brainless , uneducated , morons who are Americans.
He knows that’s JUST who will be watching that show. He’ll come armed with all his bullshit and excuses and once again try to charm the dumb American serfs into more Marxism.


90 posted on 07/28/2010 4:42:48 AM PDT by sonic109
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Behar is going to teach him how to piss standing up.


91 posted on 07/28/2010 4:43:16 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: whence911

Who needs it?

By the time you get back from work, or from church on Sunday (including a coffee hour or lunch at church after Divine Liturgy), you don’t have time for all the utter fufarar they dish out on “The View” or on those obama-worshipping Sunday “news” shows.

And with the spiritual blessings that our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ gives me in the Divine Liturgy and Holy Communion, I don’t need to spoil them by listening to or viewing a bunch of Satan-infuenced garbage. I’m sure that our priest would heartily agree.

I keep informed via the Internet. It works better anyway!!!!


92 posted on 07/28/2010 5:53:02 AM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: unixfox

I guess Barney has been busy out on Fire Island.


93 posted on 07/28/2010 5:57:36 AM 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

He mocks America, “You’all know I failed to qualify and I know that, I won, and thats it”

This is an ego that has to continuously flaunt his illegally gained position of power and dominance.

I remember growing up as a child and there was always one kid that loved to taint the others that his dad was bigger, their house was bigger, he was smarter etc.

Looking back to the past many years ago all I have to say is this, now that I am in my 50’s, I’m sorry I kicked your stupid smug little a$$ all over the street (I forget their names)and I hoped you changed your “view” in life.


94 posted on 07/28/2010 6:03:17 AM PDT by Eye of Unk ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" G.Orwell)
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To: altura

Glenn Beck pointed this out on his show yesterday. He is looking to appeal to the oppressed as well the common man. In doing so he strengthens his regime, leading us to socialism.


95 posted on 07/28/2010 6:22:26 AM PDT by freebird5850 (Obama golfed while the Gulf gushed.)
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To: Pavegunner72

Does Jerry Springer still have his show?


96 posted on 07/28/2010 6:23:49 AM PDT by rfreedom4u ("A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He heard someone was getting a brand new pair of knee pads!


97 posted on 07/28/2010 6:28:22 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Where is our military?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just for a little perspective. I’m sure like everything else this is conceived of by a mid-level staffer and then gets pushed up through the ranks who can check either yeah or nay. I.E. this may say more about the 20 something junior staffers working for 0bamao than anything else.


98 posted on 07/28/2010 6:28:56 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Dr. Sivana

By going on the View today, Obama did two things.

1) Boy scouts parents are probably Conservative. Obama hates Conservatives and was worried that the Leftwing would get on him for going to an event where the group supports traditional American values. Therefore Obama was playing to the base by snubbing the Boy Scouts.

2) This was a gift to the Networks. Don’t be suprised to see him on Letterman, Leno, Today, etc. This will bring in advertising revenue.

Obama could have gone on the View anytime he liked. He chose today.


99 posted on 07/28/2010 6:39:28 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Helter Skelter. The Revolution is Upon Us.)
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To: woofie

“He needs to tell the world that its Bush’s fault”
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Yeah, and John Kerry needs to quit keeping his Vietnam war service a secret.


100 posted on 07/28/2010 10:21:23 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a leftist is like trying to catch sunshine in a fish net at midnight.)
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