July 27th, 2010
11:39 AM ET
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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. Anonymous

    I would agree with the Governor if americans paid any attention to news programs or press conferences.
    Unfortunately, this is the forum to reach the average person in this country- this and TMZ

    July 27, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Chris

    Never thought I would say this in a million years, but I have to agree with Rendell.

    Appearing on a tabloid show when the President could just as easily have sat down with CNN, Fox News, David Gregory of Meet the Press, or several other legit news outlets seems to signal, to me, two things:

    1. He is afraid of hard hitting journalistic questions

    2. He doesn't view the office of President to be as prestigious as it should be.

    July 27, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Brent

    Yes Well thanks for your point of view Mr. Rendell, but it is clear you are old school, Obama is new school so please keep it civil and agree to disagree. and its a bit of stretch comparing The View ot the Jeryy Springer Show.

    July 27, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Gothmog1

    I'm sure Joy Behar and Whoopi will be kissing Obama's feet thru the whole show. Obama won't have to worry about answering any tough questions on this show.

    July 27, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Squigman

    If this is deemed a mistake by the American people, it surely can be forgiven. As far as being menacing, it's only menacing to the opposing party, not the people. If mistakes are to be a part of conversation, should not the mistakes/missteps made by the republicans be mentioned within the confines of said conversation? Or, were the years 2001-to-2009, just an illusion? More like a nightmare.

    July 27, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Scott W.

    I agree with Gov. Rendell. You watch Obama try to get a word in edge-wise with these five hens talk over each other. They're horrible to listen to when they get going and ALL of them will be on constant attack of him till his time on stage has ended. They will even have trouble stopping for a break.

    July 27, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Shirley in California

    Listen Rendell – I never liked you and I never will but our president is a confident and intelligent speaker. Just because YOU are an illiterate, fat, poor excuse of a governor and YOU are not confident in YOUR speaking ability – quit being jealous and learn something. Your girl lost – get over it!

    July 27, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. SMaury

    HE is such an embarrasment to the office. To sit with a bunch of loud mouth B's instead of appearing on a dignified news show, just proves his lack of experience and his ignorance of the American people. He only wants accolades and fawning attention, not accountability. Grow up little man...

    July 27, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. Obama is perfect for the View

    The View directs its focus on tabloid stories and celebrity mishaps - This fits Obama to a T – he is a celebrity )not a leader) and he has had numerous mishaps.

    This is a PR junket – trying to get in front of a bunch if ill informed non working women who have nothing better to do than gossip about celebrity news

    July 27, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. john

    At least he knows his strengths.

    July 27, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. JES

    I see our rock star has plenty of time to go on a talk show butdoesn
    t seem to have enough time to straighten out the mess we are in.

    I guess Obama can continue to spend our tax dollars for his pleasures.

    This has go to be the most wasteful PresidentI have ever seen.

    Just remember A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own that's our government.

    Thanks Obama for putting us deeperin debt.

    July 27, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. Bill

    So, the Boy Scouts are out and the View and fundraising are in ... way to go there BO.... You tell our youth exactly what you think of them!

    July 27, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. His Presidency is a joke so why not

    Obama's Presidency is a joke and he is down in his ratings so why not go on a Daytime soap opera God forbid he appear on Fox News and actually get asked some serious questions he could not answer without a script or teleprompter.

    July 27, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. TS

    It's nice to see the president going out on a talk show instead of standing behind a podium just to answer stuffed-shirt questions. It separates him from the Washington crowd.

    July 27, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. normajean

    I respect our president and believe he is doing everything he can to clean up a drastic mess. As someone working very hard,I know he needs a break,something a bit lighter to relax his mind briefly, but somehow i just can't see him on that silly talk show "The View".It's not very presidential.

    July 27, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Perkins Gey 2

    less tabloid than cabl pundit "serious" shows too. yeah they report "news" dont they

    loving that hopey changey thing!

    July 27, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. HCharles

    I like Ed Rendell but I think it's hilarious that he made these comments while sitting on Morning Joe, a show that focuses on tabloid stories and celebrity mishaps and reports on OP-Eds instead of actual articles written by staff. They don't even do their own research. They just sit and read the newspaper to viewers. I know what The View is but let's not act like Morning Joe is real news.

    July 27, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. Shirley in California

    One other thing Rendell – people like to look and hear our president. You on the other hand should stay out of our views and certainly off our television screens. If you don't want to watch the show – then don't. I like the idea. Some of these women voted for him. He is showing them his appreciation unlike you.

    July 27, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. DIANA

    I have to agree. Why go on a piece of garbage like the View? It's beneath the Presidency. Please change your mind Mr. President.

    July 27, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. independent

    The vast majority of Americans neither read the paper nor watch the nightly news. the View, and other programs like it, is a critical source of information for many Americans. (This is true whether or not you think it is appropriate.)

    If the President 1) thinks he can reach many Americans this way, as oppose to another, 2) is doing favor for one of the hosts, 3) Michelle likes the show, or 4) he likes the show, if doesn't matter. Get a life. He is perfectly within his rights to do it, and, speaking as one independent supporter, he is not diminished in my eyes for doing it.

    July 27, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. Doraine Gordon

    President Obama can handle any situation. The ladies on The View won't make anything off of him. He is smart, dignified and one of our best Presidents ever. I wish him well.

    July 27, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. GODZILLA1

    OMG, this means he will have to respond to one of Elizabeth's vapid questions!

    July 27, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. ezequiel

    Governor, dont slam the view when your views are upside down!!!!

    Let him sit with those ladies if he wants to after all he is the number one celebrity!!!! Why should he hide now from Hollywood??

    July 27, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Redeye Dog

    Geez! It was difficult to zero in on which one was the president from looking at that picture.... I suppose if you put an ear ring on him, he would fit right in with the cast! Lovely....

    July 27, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. sniffit

    Its lousy guests like uhbama that is killing the Views ratings. Please, find someone more intelligent to have on your show.

    July 27, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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