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. xtina - chicago IL

    It doesn't matter that Mrs. Obama is smart and attractive; her husband Barack has not had any success in Illinois in lowering taxes. He hasn't had success in much else come to think of it. He is a blank canvas; that is not an offense, it's an observation that he speaks clearly, positively and in such a way that people project their wishes and dreams upon him. He doesn't offend, but he also doesn't inspire Americans to be self-sufficient, only to let big government control them. He's to the left of Hillary, if that's possible; and that's not what America needs now. We need someone who will lessen the power of Congress.

    November 19, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. Jay, Waterford CT

    Mrs. Obama is definetly suited for such a position, but while her husband is running for the Presidential seat. She should let her husband do the running and be careful about such public engagements to avoid potential mishaps that can harm his poll. Remember Heinz-Kerry? Not too many people cared for her-although that isn't what caused Kerry's loss.

    November 19, 2007 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  3. Tere, FL

    Pat Huntington, NY no one really cares if you lose your appetite coz of Michelle, to many it will be a good riddance of yet another Hillary robot/intern

    November 19, 2007 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. Mike, Owosso, Mi

    She will have plenty of time to do these type of things in about a year or so.

    November 19, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  5. Stephen Thompson, Annandale, VA

    It doesn't take much searching to find:

    Hillary Rodham Clinton, on The View, December 20, 2006

    Hillary Rodham Clinton, on The View, October 15, 2007

    Chris Dodd, on The View, October 18, 2007

    Joe Biden, on The View, September 24, 2007

    Barack Obama, on The View, September 27, 2007

    John Edwards has been on The View before, in 2005 though when there wasn't an election going on, so it doesn't really matter but is worth mentioning.

    This talk about fairness and Clinton being holier than Obama is unfounded. If anything, Clinton has been on the show more than Obama has, and anyway, who cares?

    November 19, 2007 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  6. Brandon, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    I am continuely amazed at the constant coverage of these candidates AND THEIR SPOUCES when they are clearly second rate hacks. Why are candidates like Gov. Richardson, and Senators Edwards and Dodd assigned second tier status when they are the better qualified and more experienced individuals. I'm supporting Bill Richardson for President.

    November 19, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. Pat Walter, Oyster Bay, NY

    It's not surprising that those leftists libs on that "show" would be breathlessly inviting Michelle to co-host. Don't know if I can stand the bowing and scraping(barf) that will be going on? Can you imagine the "View" having Judi Guiliani or Jeri Thompson as guest host? They would be skewered in the first 5 minutes. Barbara should know better but I believe she has lost her senses.

    November 19, 2007 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  8. Penny

    Michelle rocks!

    November 19, 2007 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  9. Kevin Dallas TX

    "God help us all if the Obamas end up in the White House. They're a nice couple, but Barack is way too inexperienced to lead this country. Hillary, on the other hand, is the only Democratic candidate who has the experience and wisdom to take this country in a new direction.

    Posted By Katie, Omaha, NE : November 19, 2007 5:21 pm "
    So, let me get this straight, Obama has less experience than Hil? because Hil was married to a Pres? No one has experience at being President except ex-Presidents! Katie, stop listening to people and start'll find that Obama has more experience as an elected offical than any of the other Dem. candidates.

    November 19, 2007 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. Obama support, any town USA

    "There goes my support for the Obama campaign. No way I can support a candidate whose campaign uses that awful piece of tripe television show as a platform.

    Sorry, Barack, you just jumped the shark.

    Posted By John, Chicago IL : November 19, 2007 5:45 pm"
    Johnny boy! If her appearance on a TV show has shaken your faith in her husband as the leader of the free world then you really are simple minded. good-bye and happy travels. I hope you don't get lost trying to find you way around your apartment!

    November 19, 2007 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  11. Jim in Orlando, FL

    I'm a white conservtive Republican, and proud of it. Now, that's a woman !

    November 19, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  12. Frank Honolulu HI

    I think all those women on the "View" should listen to the men. Vote for the men because they'll tell you to do it. You women don't have it together to lead the country. You're weak because men will tell you what to do and you'll do it. You don't have enough courage to stand up for yourself. You can always vote for the next woman to run. When do you think it will be? Michelle Obama is a conduite for men.
    This election will show us what kind of " I am woman, hear me roar" What a joke. Just posers you are. This is your chance don't blow it.

    November 19, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  13. Tommy Forth Worth, TX

    I am sure of the sheeple will eat it up and enjoy seeing her on the view.

    November 19, 2007 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. john, NY,NY

    Obama clan gets cheaper by day what is next stop "playboy mansion"

    November 19, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  15. Erica, Seattle Washington

    For those of you who can't wait to see Michelle "teach Elizabeth a lesson" um Elizabeth is on maternity leave until January. Michelle is hosting in December so I seriously don't see that happening. Sorry to burst all your bubbles.

    November 19, 2007 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  16. colony14author, Mount Prospect, Illinois

    I the fairness doctrine were enforced, CNN couldn't continue its 24×7 pro-Hillary coverage.

    November 19, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  17. colony14author, Mount Prospect, Illinois

    If the fairness doctrine were enforced, CNN would have to discontinue its 24×7 pro-Hillary coverage!

    November 19, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  18. amy, Seattle, WA

    Enjoy the View:
    "In an interview with Glamour magazine, Michelle Obama reveals that her husband, Barack, is so “snore-y and stinky” when he wakes up in the morning"... Remember that?

    I am sure she will give you more juicy stories. This is going to be sooogood

    November 19, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  19. MARTY, Los Angeles, CA.

    Obama's wife has appeared WITH OTHER CANDIDATES WIVES, including Mrs.Romney, McCain,Thompson and Edwards on a show hosted by Maria Schriver Schwarzenegger.
    Obama's wife is doing what the other candidates wives are doing...talking up their husband's candidacy. Bill Clinton does the same. I would not vote for Obama because he has never run a business, large or small or a city or a State and his backround is problematic but that said he looks good, talks good and is giving Hillary Clinton fits. That is what I really like about him.

    November 19, 2007 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  20. Jack,NY

    can anyone tell me what was Mr.Obama or
    Mrs.Obama SAT scoe was when they apply
    for college ?

    November 20, 2007 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  21. LaShawaine, Chicago, IL

    Oprah didn't work so we'll jump to The View!

    November 20, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  22. Vince, Indianapolis, IN

    In response to Tricia, actually the ratings for The View have been slightly higher this year then at at any time during Rosie's tenure on the show.

    This seems like a great chance to appeal to women voters, a demographic that Obama would love to attract a larger share of. If the opportunity was presented then why not take advantage? Whether you support her husband or not, her past appearances would lead one to believe that this will be a very insightful and honest hour of television.

    November 20, 2007 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  23. Tracy

    Well, I hope she is a better American than her hubby! I still cannot get over the fact that he could not place his hand over his heart during our National Anthem!! HOW DARE HE! AND you want him as our next president? what a joke. However, she seems like a good choice. afterall, its not permanant. she is only going to be a GUEST host.

    November 20, 2007 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  24. Zach

    No matter how many celebrities or backers of Obama in the talk show business try to give him coverage, the fact remains that he has too many double standards. American people are much smarter than many people give them credit for.

    November 20, 2007 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  25. Mike, Los Angeles, CA

    Finally a platform where an Obama can be among her peers. After all look at all the wonderfully well represented and well respected past host such as Rosie O'Donnel and Star Jones. Finally the Obamas are among like minded folks.

    November 20, 2007 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
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