July 29th, 2010
12:50 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama has no idea who Snooki is

President Obama told the ladies of ‘The View’ that he has no idea who Snooki is.
President Obama told the ladies of ‘The View’ that he has no idea who Snooki is.

(CNN) – Jersey Shore cast member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi may have bashed President Obama earlier this year over a new federal tax on tanning salons, but Obama made clear Thursday he knows little about the infamous reality star.

"I've got to admit, I don't know who Snooki is. I'm sorry," Obama said on ABC's The View when asked if the pop-culture sensation should consider a run for Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska - the post Sarah Palin once held.

Though Obama says he isn't familiar with Snooki, that hasn't stopped him from making light of the Jersey Shore cast member in the past. At this year's White House Correspondents Dinner, the president joked the new ten percent tax on tanning salons had a "Jersey Shore-Up" provision.

"The following individuals shall be excluded from the indoor tanning tax within this bill – Snooki, J-WOWW, the Situation, and House Minority Leader John Boehner," Obama joked.

But Snooki herself wasn't laughing over the tax that took effect in July, saying "I don't go tanning anymore because Obama put a 10% tax on tanning," she said. "And I feel like he did that intentionally for us."


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soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Baby Boomer

    Good. Neither should we.

    July 29, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Shucks

    Good for him. They are nobodies Mr. President except for a bunch of mindless Americans. You aren't missing a thing, except for some horrendous TV.

    July 29, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Angus McDugan

    Com'on Obama. Everyone knows that it is Rahm Emanuel.

    July 29, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. anthony

    And good for him. Dude has got bigger issues to worry about then some skeez from Jersey. Shows like this are making America even dumber. You fail if you watch Jersey Shore.

    July 29, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. JES

    Obama has no idea of anything except being a Rock Star.

    It's just amazing of the people still out there that thinks he can do no wrong and is treated like the second coming of Christ.

    I hope people will wake up and get him out before he complety destroys the U.S.

    July 29, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Derek from Boston

    "I don't go tanning anymore because Obama put a 10% tax on tanning," she said. "And I feel like he did that intentionally for us."

    I can't even express how I feel about this dumb quote in words. I feel interpretive dance is the only way I could describe it...

    July 29, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Would Tim Mcveigh be a Tea Party hero today?

    Bonbon should come out his drunken stuper soon and get another spray tan.hahaha

    July 29, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Okay, we know we've got the hippest POTUS off all time, but I wouldn;t expect him to know who the heck or what the heck a Snooki is. He has more important things to worry about than reality tv shows.

    July 29, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Carrotroot

    Snooki should relocate herself to Miami Beach ... that way she can get all the tan she wants.

    July 29, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. billybob 'n NC

    Shame on Obama for picking on "Boner." The man can't help that he was born orange.

    July 29, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Eric in Denver

    The question about Snooki was the toughest one that Obama received in the last 2 months. A joke on a joke of a show!!!!!!

    July 29, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. USN

    obama has no idea about alot of stuff.

    July 29, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. mark

    From what I gather, he doesn't know who the boy scouts of america are either!

    July 29, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. vic

    My grandma like the view today she enjoyed it but two days back she didn’t like president appearing in view

    July 29, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Shawn-Ga

    that is a good thing... She is pointless

    July 29, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. Rob NY

    I'm glad our great President doesn't know who S(h)nooki is. More people shouldn't know who she is and this horrid TV "show".

    July 29, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Bud

    This group of morons are the anti – Jersey shore. These are the idiots that the real people who live here hate. These are the people who ruin our summers. Thank god for " local summer " which begins the day after Labor Day. This is the best time of year when all these greasers are gone and locals can enjoy the real beauty of NJ.

    July 29, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. Sofi

    Such a shame that he could have been talking about character and what it is like to be president at the Boy Scout's 100 year birthday but instead he discusses a Jersey Shore cast member and even saying he doesn't know who she is. Perhaps he needs his teleprompter for everything he says. But it did get his face on the television. No, I did not watch.

    July 29, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. Rob NY

    Is that a BumpIt on this DimWit?

    July 29, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Video Guy

    It think the tax was done for John Boehner.

    July 29, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. Get A Grip

    What a waste of a show and what a waste Oblammer is to the taxpayer

    July 29, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. Blaum

    So glad Obama has the time to talk about such important matters to the American people who obviously need no leadership from their president whatsoever...

    Obama is out of touch.

    July 29, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. Orlando R.

    I guarantee you snooki doesnt know anything about politics or whats going on in our country.....so i can careless what she thinks. Hey obama is not the only onne, i didnt know who snooki was until i read this article lol. Snooki isn important, she will be forgotten, im more concerned real news then snooki

    July 29, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. Paul

    That's not all he doesn't know. What a joke, appear on the View instead of talking to the boyscouts. Maybe if the boyscouts were all illegal, gay, muslim imagrants carrying signs saying how much they hated America he would of went and praised them. 2012 cant come soon enough.

    July 29, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I am glad to hear that Obama has no time for crap like this. Jersey Shore shows people from outside the state acting poorly and playing up stereotypes. I believe that the president has more important things to do and be aware of now and always.

    July 29, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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