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. Sniffit

    "George Bush's Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB CREATION!"

    Your point? Those same policies have and are now setting records for job losses and recession of the economy. What exactly don't you retards understand about using tax breaks for the wealthy and negligent regulatory oversight to create a bubble that INEVITABLY and ALWAYS bursts to the detriment of everyone in the country, particularly the middle class and below? If I wasn't so averse to conspiracy theory nonsense, I'd say it is a fact that the GOP/conservative leadership actually does understand it and does it on purpose, so the idiot true-believing parrot base they've cultivated (a) will believe that unfettered "free market" trickle-down ideological capitalism actually works and (b) will blame the Dems when they are stuck cleaning up the freekin' mess...which has happened SEVERAL times at this point. The reality is, Bush didn't instigate 52 months of job creation, he instigated 52 months of hollow, empty promise doomed to failure.

    July 27, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Don Juan

    Ed Rendell should be spending more time helping Democrats get elected and re elected in November; and less time criticizing a President who has accomplished more in this part of his term than Rendell has accomplished in his entire political career. Rendell sounds like one of these wealthy Democrats who sound more like a blue dog every time his face appears on TV. Get to work Ed!!!

    July 27, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. donna

    This is funny article from a democratic governor given that with Walters (back for this special!), Midler and Goldberg this will be another cornation for the President. I expect that they will be gushing and asking a lot of soft questions or long questions with lots of Bush and republican bashing in the preamble. Oh and probably some questions on global issues like life in the white house or how Michelle is doing.........

    July 27, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Big George in Big D

    The VIEW is a horrible rag outfit to begin with and, as Mr. Rendell points out, it is no place for a sitting U. S. President to be! My goodness man, have some dignity! That program is a laughing stock of all programs. I can't believe people actually like to watch the turmoil those big-mouthwed women like to stir up!

    July 27, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Andrew

    I don't really watch the View but...

    I'm not certain... but I think it was Ed Rendell that wasn't too long ago kissing Pres. Obama's butt saying that he was a supporter after Hillary dropped out of the primary. Ed Rendell strikes me as almost a caricature of the stereotypical politician, immoral, cutthroat, untrustworthy and selfish. I'm sure he's just try to ride the "right" side of this wave of recent dissatisfaction with the President.

    I can't take anything he says seriously, and I'm not sure why anybody else does. He is an excellent example of the type of politician (which exists in all parties) that shouldn't be in Washington.

    July 27, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. stormerF

    Why not just have Whoopi and Barbara get on their hands and knees,so they can kiss Obama's feet on live TV? You would think they would tire of all the Butt sucking up media, to a Community Organizer who has no Idea what he is doing.

    July 27, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Jon

    "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.

    Since he took office, the dignity of the Presidency of the United States has been undermined by Obama substantially. The White House is a joke now. As an independent, I agree with Gov. Rendell, who remains to be the only few democrats who still have dignity and decency to govern.

    July 27, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Margaret Evans

    It is wholely inappropriate for the president to appear on a talk show of this ilk. The fact that he doesn't know this and that his advisors have been unable to dissuade him from this type of behavior speaks to the character of the man himself. He doesn't get the global perspective or understand the implications of his actions to the extent that he should. But I didn't elect him and we're all stuck with it for a short while longer.

    July 27, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. sara

    Use whatever venue to talk to us, Mr. President. Afterall, the republican part has an Entire News network to spread lies, fear and racism. At least, the ladies wear clothing on their set.

    July 27, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Gop

    We are seeing a man that has delusions of grandeur! A true symptom of Megalomania.

    He does not care about the office he holds, but is obsessed with his status of being president and all the benefits that come with the job. As the statement, he made the first day riding in Air Force One! He said ‘what you think of my cool ride’

    Obama forgets that cool ride as he calls it is owned by the American people and he is to use it only to proform his job. People might think it’s a joke but Obama might try to become our countries first Dictator!

    At this point the as acting as such!

    July 27, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    That's right GOPers...hook line and sinker. Can you say GOAD? You fawned over McCain like idiots during his campaign and he went on the View. And no, it's no different. If you don' believe a POTUS shoudl go on shows like this because it damages the office, then candidates who might be POTUS in a few short months shouldn't do it either. Go go gadget GOPer hypocrisy...

    July 27, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. jeff davis

    this is exactly why i'm not voting for him in '12. he and his advisors are simply clueless about what a president should be. after appearing on the "View", how about going on "Jersey Shore" For someone I had such high hopes for, now the best I can say is just finish your 4 years and go home. please.

    July 27, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Doc

    I guess because it's a women's show it's too frivilous for the Pres. to appear on Gov. Rendell? At least it's more dignified than any Fox "news" show.

    July 27, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. usualone

    I agree with Governor Rendell to a point. However, lots of women watch the View and they are voters who probably want to see the human side of this President. He is basically a soft-spoken man and apparently our society wants this tough talking brazen type of individual - who doesn't necessarily have any substance to his/her speech. It is all about "perception."

    July 27, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. John

    No, the President should not go on the View.
    President Obama needs to stop trying to SELL himself (the campaign is over) President Obama needs to stay at the office for more than just a day and quit flying on his little campaign trips (which is over) and do some work.

    July 27, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Whatever

    Who cares!!! However, if Whoopi is still on her "meds" for travel it will be funniest show ever!!!!! Any travel plans Whoopi?

    July 27, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Would Tim Mcveigh be a Tea Party hero today?

    Poor Ed,he just wishes he were asked.

    July 27, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. thetruth1028

    I am surprised people aren't crticizing the colour of tie he is wearing...Man give the guy a break. He is a highly intelligent and thoughtful President, who actually cares about his people...

    July 27, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. Vee

    I'm sorry–since when is Ed Rendell an authority on conduct?? I'm from Philadelphia, where he was mayor before he became governor. I remember him being on the front page of the newspaper, drinking champagne from the bottle and acting like a frat boy while celebrating something-while he was our mayor. I remember him appearing on TV just last fall, offering comments on the outcome of pro-football games: all the while with spit in the corners of his mouth. Why? You're the governor–not a retired coach or ball-player. He made an insensitive comment about a single woman without realizing the mic was on, saying she was a good candidate for a certain job because she has no kids and 'no life': and just last week, people questioned his frequent lunch dates with much younger and attractive women–none of whom are his wife. So perhaps Mr. Rendell should clean up his own act before saying where our President should or should not go. Because one thing is certain: no matter WHAT forum Mr. Obama is in, he always knows how to handle himself.

    July 27, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Yeah, not 60 Minutes or Meet the Press or even O'Reilly.

    Why go on The View, so 3 of the hens can drool over him? What's next for him, Jon Stewart?

    July 27, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. lololol

    view makes trouble obama

    July 27, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. ivanhoe

    .Get Real! The Jerry Springer Show would be a step Up from the View.

    July 27, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. Diane

    OH GIVE ME A BREAK! What is wrong with people? The President of the United States is going to appear on The View. So freakin' what! There is nothing wrong with that. The more the President appears, the more the people can see what he's trying to do. So stop complaining already. If he didn't appear, you guys would be screaming about that. Make up your minds. Sheesh!

    July 27, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. T

    He is wrong , The View is a ok.....maybe he is mad because they did not asked him.............and the show is current and they are not asking for DNA

    July 27, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. EL

    Safe haven for him. All the softballs he can hit. Total waste of time! What a thin skined weak president we have.

    July 27, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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