July 27th, 2010
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Rendell says View may not be appropriate for Obama

 Barack Obama appeared on ‘The View’ in 2008, as a Democratic candidate for president.
Barack Obama appeared on ‘The View’ in 2008, as a Democratic candidate for president.

(CNN) – President Obama is taking some flak from a fellow Democrat over his plans to appear on daytime gabfest The View later this week.

Speaking on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell suggested the ABC talk-show - which often directs its focus on tabloid stories and celebrity mishaps - may not be an appropriate forum for a sitting President of the United States.

"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," Rendell said. (Video via Matt Lewis at Politics Daily)

Rendell, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, also likened The View to the Jerry Springer Show – the famed program that has long spotlighted dysfunctional family situations.

"I think there are some shows - I wouldn't put him on Jerry Springer either," said Rendell.
"It is different a little bit. But I think the President of the United States has to go on serious shows."

But Rendell, who will leave the governor's office at the end of the year, conceded The View will provide Obama with a good opportunity to go off the teleprompter – something Rendell says the president should do more often.

"If I was advising President Obama, I'd say do as much ad hoc as you can do," he said. "He doesn't have to scripted, he doesn't have to be telepromptered."

Obama will sit down with The View cohosts for a pre-taped interview Wednesday, the first sitting president to appear on a daytime talk show. The segment is scheduled to air Thursday.

Obama appeared on the program in 2008 when he was a presidential candidate and Vice President Joe Biden was a guest last April.


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soundoff (326 Responses)
  1. Kevin from Co

    The view is a joke, but then again, so is our president.

    July 27, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. JOhn

    Right, because everyone knows those people don't matter, they are not "real" Americans anyway.

    As soon as you talk about teleprompters, death panels or birth certificates, anything else you say is irrelevant and no one can take you seriously.

    If he had he said no, the same people complaining about him going would be complaining that he didn't.

    July 27, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Video Guy

    I would like to see a sit down one to one between Sarah Palin and the the President. Once and for all, put her in her place and show her for the less than qualified individual that she is.

    July 27, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Bob of Lompoc

    Yeah, moderate left wing Anarchist here. BOH is spending time on the wrong things. Female vote already belongs to him. Work on the unemployed. Be alert to the danger – Tennessee may Secede! Not!Geez, with crazed individuals like the GOP TN candidate for Governor and Texas Governor Six Gun Perry running around threatening Secession, are we on the verge of a military issue? With enemies like those two, BOH should be a shoe in. But, he is playing aaround the edges and not taking this seriously. Better watch out.

    July 27, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    But... but... but... if Obama went on a serious show, he might have to answer serious questions. But since he's going on "The View", he'll only have to answer questions about the White House garden.

    Hey Behar... is that a tingle up your leg, or are you just happy to see him?

    July 27, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. Eric

    In a similar "blinding-flash-of-the-obvious" moment, Rendell said water is wet.

    Hells bells, OF COURSE The View is not the appropriate venue for Barry Dunham.

    You know Barry Dunham, right? Barry Soetoro Dunham. He's the first American president to ever have used an alias... or had a reason to do so. Makes you wonder what he's hiding... not like the media would bother investigating it, though.

    Can't wait to see him on that hard-hitting "journalism" program, The View. Up next, he makes a guest appearance and answers "the tough questions" as posed by the crew on Wizards of Waverly Place. First question: "Wow, we're only pretend wizards, so I have to ask... how did you make our country disappear?"

    July 27, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Susan

    Right, like we don't see enough of him already! President Obama loves President Obama a lot!

    July 27, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Bridget

    what a disgrace to this country

    July 27, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. larry buchas

    I take it Rendell doesn't watch the View.

    Because he would draw a different opinion if he watched the President's appearance.

    July 27, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Arbolesco

    I am so glad we have a young president. He knows how to relate to the people. I have the VIew set to record, so I won't miss it. I love the Facebook, Twitter, weekly email addresses, and appearances on talk shows. Good for you, Obama. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON AUG. 4!

    July 27, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. Dave

    Though I would not equate The View to the Jerry Springer Show, this is an odd choice for a sitting POTUS.

    July 27, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. gt

    govenor hit the nail on the head... this is below the presidency,,,, obama needs to ask himself " what would lincoln , jefferson , or washington do "? .. this is silly and stupid .. ugh !!

    July 27, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Bob Noonan

    Yeah, oh sure Fast Eddie, you know so much about dignity and high office conduct! Mr Graceful who has brought so much dignity to the Governorship of PA by leading parades in Philly as a full dressed wench, gulping down cheese steaks while obesity is you health department's big new issue and throwing the dice at crap tables you have littered PA with. Come on, O'Bama not offering you the piece of the pie you want after you leave PA with record spending?

    July 27, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. Quietfire

    what's the big deal?

    July 27, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. mike

    this is a smart move for Obama most house wives watch the view and it
    is a great way to capture that audience look most women are not going to take the time out to watch Obama on some news network that is
    look at as being bias by there husband this gives him a chance to talk with these women without there husbands giving them a bunch of crap over it and at the end they vote

    July 27, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. NVa Native

    This will drive the nasty & angry old GOPers nuts.
    Obama will get on there and be honest while actually showing he's comfortable and capable talking to/with the public.
    We now have an intelligent and respected President who doesn't sound ilike a complete moron – it will drive the nasty right wuingers bat-sheet. Of course tey've already thought of some weird subliminal message that only they can understand and try to make an issue out of it.

    Isn't interesting how only the creepy old people with really weak minds "see" all these supposedly horrible things about our President and our country??
    Sort of you are what you eat, they eat up all the fox and ditto-head lies & hate and that's what comes out of their face.

    July 27, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Billy/Bob117

    Just one thing to put in this comment

    "It's a stylistic detail, but quite revealing of Obama's exalted view of himself. Not surprising, perhaps, in a man whose major achievement before acceding to the presidency was writing two biographies - both about himself. ... What is odd is to have a president so convinced of his own magnificence - yet not of his own country's."

    July 27, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Joyce in South Carolina

    OMG!!!!!!!! To compare "The View" with "Jerry Springer" is an outrage. My guess is that Gov Rendell hasn't ever watched "The View".

    Barbara Walters and the ladies of the view are very knowledgable about current events and especially politics.

    I am quite sure they will ask very intelligent questions and personally I will definitely watch on Thursday.

    July 27, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. Marian Atkinson

    i'd never compare Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters etc., with Gerry Springer! What an insulting comment for Ed Rendell to make. The View is a good show, one I don't see often enough because of the time of the program, but these are a great group of well informed women. Rendell is out to lunch with his comparison. I think it is wonderful that President Obama is appearing on that show again, and I hope I see that particular show.

    July 27, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. Stephen Lykins

    He should be in his office working – that's what we pay him for!

    July 27, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Dutch/Bad Newz,VA

    Well Gov. Rendell is entitled to his opinion. But from what I recall from the presidential election campaign is that the President's approval rating when up among women because he appeared on The View. Since it's an election season, I don't see why he shouldn't be trying to reach out to the base.

    July 27, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. southerncousin

    Of course it is right for Obozo, it is a bunch of liberal airheads sitting around, demeaning and degrading anyone who doesn't agree with their leftist agenda. It is a perfect venue for the union controlled basher in chief and fits in with his weekend display at Nutroots Nation.

    July 27, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. Tssshhhh

    I think The View suits President Obama wonderfully. They're a perfect match.

    July 27, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. Lois

    I have to agree with Rendell that The View may not be appropriate for a sitting president.

    July 27, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    but I think there should be a little bit of dignity to the presidency," Rendell said. (Video via Matt Lewis
    -------------------------------–

    Dignity? You mean the same kind of 'dignity' that was shown him in his own country, in a nationally televised address from Congress when Joe Wilson in a very "dignified" manner yelled at him: "You Lie"?!

    Is that the dignity given to the presidency that you're referring to?

    I tell you what, the President has always carried himself in a dignified, above-the-fray manner. He rises heads above the 'hoi polloi'. Leave the definition of 'dignity' to those that know it's meaning and exemplify it. 'Kay?

    July 27, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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