November 19th, 2007
07:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Presidential candidate's wife to host 'The View'

Mrs. Obama will be joining the popular talk show next month.

NEW YORK (CNN) - Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, will be a guest host on the television talk show "The View" next month.

Mrs. Obama will co-host the hour-long show on December 5th in New York, press secretary Katie McCormick confirmed to CNN Monday

The program’s regular panel includes: Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Sherri Shepherd.

- CNN Political Assignment Editor Katy Byron

Filed under: Michelle Obama
soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. James, North Arlington, NJ

    Yet cnn makes no mention of the fact that Obama is beating Clinton in the polls in Iowa now.....

    November 20, 2007 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  2. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Oh God, cant this harpy just go away???

    November 20, 2007 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  3. Douglas Lewis, Knightdale, NC

    OUTSTANDING! I think that Michelle represents intelligence and character. I realize that some people may not be used to this and may criticize, but I'm just glad that intelligent people are getting some air time. Far too long have we produced and promoted foolishness. Hopefully we can bring the words honor and integrity back to our country. Wow... it's been so long since those words were associated with the US. Enough is enough. It's time for a new America and I personally am tired of the same old politics. Where is the time when the word "America" meant something.

    Some complain that she is going on the "VIEW," but HILLARY WAS ALREADY ON THE VIEW! This is an insane conversation. I pray that Michelle is smart enough to look past the non-sense of the past. I truly hope that we will do more to promote smart people on TV instead of numbing our minds with people with no character. I really don't care about the history of the "view" or who has caused it to lose character. This has not a thing to do with who Michelle or Hillary "is" for that matter. Mrs. Obama, bless you and your husband because the country is in the mess we're in now because too many good people have "not" stood up and said... enough is enough.

    November 20, 2007 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  4. Jim, Irmo, SC

    Obama is leading in Iowa. I still don't give much credence to the polls (for reasons including the lack of college students, those who use only cell phones, and those who screen their calls), but since the Clinton folks seem to put so much stock in them, there ya go.

    November 20, 2007 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  5. Ambar Ramirez

    I don't like The View and I don't watch it, but if Mrs. Obama is going to be hosting, I will make time to watch some. Congratulations to her, she's a very intelligent woman and she'll be great.

    November 20, 2007 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  6. Salita, SC

    James the reason cnn is not reporting obama is not beating hillary is because the poll is with in the margin of error and 43% say they can still change thier minds. Xtina I'm not worried about the power of congress, im more worried now about the power of the president. By the way why are u asking for taxes to be decreased, how do you intend to pay the over 1 trillion dollars this war is costing us?

    November 20, 2007 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  7. Derek, NH

    She is obnoxious.

    November 20, 2007 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. Mark Lodes, St. Louis, MO

    She'll do very well.

    November 20, 2007 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Mrs. Obama can "handle" herself. I wonder if Giuliani's wife would show her face on The View. I think Hilliary has already been on the show.

    November 20, 2007 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Brian, Baltimore, MD

    Hey, here's a thought? Maybe all the other spouses were offered this opportunity...and Maybe Michelle accepted first? Maybe...just maybe...

    November 20, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Ashleigh, Park View, MN

    This is a good move for both. Most people don't know how attractive and intelligent Michelle is, while the View could use a boost from some of those independant and republican viewers who are so utterly disapointed that there won't be a strong republican candidate.

    November 20, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Jay, Philadelphia, Pa

    People are complaining about the other political wives having their time to speak, but what makes you think that they didn't offer. It's not like this is a new thing, Bill Clinton is a spouse and he's been on numerous talk shows.

    November 20, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. Edgewood,MD

    Finally, someone with substance. I will watch the view while she's on.

    November 20, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. Claudia, Tucson, AZ

    Michelle Obama is as impressive as her husband. She will be a great mix with Whoopie, Sherry and Joy with her intelligence and friendliness.

    November 20, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. sean, NYC

    Now we have to deal with talking heads on the view; at least the other hosts try to be funny...what can we expect from mrs. barak hussein obama??? if we want to listen to campaign stump speeches and soundbites, we would watch cnn? Obama, stop trying to force your agenda down our throats!

    November 20, 2007 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Matt, Houston, TX

    Some of these comments amaze me. There is no 'fairness law' preventing any candidate or their spouse from appearing on any television program they want to be on. Most of these shows invite all of the candidates and/or their spouses and take whoever accepts. Especially since the Fairness in Televison Act (aka the equal time principle) was rpealed by Ronald Reagan. So none of you right wingnuts have any right to complain if someone you consider to be liberal gets on the air with some free advertising.

    Personally, it's not a show i would normally watch and won't watch this time, either. It won't hurt the Obama campaign with anyone who matters. This is a show that serves a particular demographic and it is smart to use any vehicle at your disposal to get your message targeted at certain groups. There is absolutely no reason for Michelle to apologize to anyone for this appearance just because a few people don't like the show.

    November 20, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  17. Stephanie, Philadelphia, PA

    Good for you, Michelle! You take every opportunity possible to get your family name in American households. Let America see your face and get to know the woman behind the man running for leader of this country.

    Who says a potential First Lady should be seen and not heard? Who says that some venues are acceptable and others are not? Grow up! We don't have time to play nice, be quiet and look pretty. It's time – correction: past time – to get our hands dirty and right some wrongs.

    Mrs. Obama is an intelligent woman with meaningful, fact-based opinions...political and otherwise.

    Best of luck on The View and in 2008!

    November 20, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. innie, wilmington il

    Elizabeth is on maternity leave. Does that mean there will be a liberals bias to the show , with no one to present the counterpoint?

    November 20, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. Steve, Peoria, IL

    Barbara Walters comes across as neutral politically. Im surprised she has had a parade of liberal candidates. Why no balance Barbara?

    November 20, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. RuthieM

    Hm, where's all the screams and jabs and resentments when Bill Clinton takes over the airwaves and byways for Hillary Clinton every two minutes. He's popped up on more news shows, news reports, campaign speeches and what have you, yet he gets more passes and ignores than an ant colony storing up their food for the winter. This is good, Michelle Obama on the View, especially since I've heard ole Whoppie girl says Barack Obama says nothing. Now she can say it to Mrs. Obama's face and Michelle can respond - to Whoppie's face.

    November 20, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. Zeus Racine, WI

    This woman is dumber than dirt, uglier than sin and even more bigoted than the KKK; let her mumble in the jungle: the VIEW…

    November 20, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  22. RichinTX Navasota TX

    A silly woman making silly comments on a silly show !!!!

    November 21, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. Jeremiah, Odessa TX

    Hi everyone,

    For those who dismiss her appearance as not possbly being effective, I would ask you all to think about this again.

    For the sake of argument, let's say women voters make up 50% of the populace. All other things bring equal, we all lean toward candidates that are intelligent, articulate and good looking – sorry this is human nature for the masses. Studies conducted many times over confirm this as accurate. So again let's say this is also an accurate assumption.

    If Michelle O does well on the View, and she has made a favorable impression on 50% of the voting populace, other factors being equal, this should result in more votes for Obama. Couple this with his other powerhouse backer – Oprah Winfry, and her very devoted audience (think of the effect she has on book sales for any book she reads and endorses on her book club)...and Obama has an opportunity to really capture a very large portion of female voters. This is not to say at all that women would be swayed only by this backing or these shows, it is only an observation of what may sway their opinions overall and result in votes for a candidate that appeals to a formidable voting bloc!

    November 21, 2007 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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