July 27th, 2010
11:39 AM ET
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Rendell says View may not be appropriate for Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/27/art.obama.theview.07a.abc.jpg caption =" 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. Get A Grip

    Wonder if he'll talk about his little family vacation 10 days ago. You know the one, the one where 'Boo' went and was flown on a separate plane.


    Maybe he'll talk about his wife and daughter going on vacation next week to Spain where, among many other cost, Michelle will be renting 30 rooms at a cost of $100,000.00 per night.


    Maybe how he'll be celebrating his birthday next week while his wife and daughter are in Spain on vacation.

    One thing for sure, we can bet our last penny Oblammer will talk about how he's saving us and blaming everything wrong on Bush.

    July 27, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. JR

    Funny but I remember presidents appearing on many less than "High Class" TV shows, anyone remember Nixon appearing on "Laugh In" and how many have been on "The Tonight Show" or "Letterman"?

    July 27, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Naqib

    "but I think there should be a little bit of dignity to the presidency," Rendell said."

    I think America agrees... which is why this administration will be one and done.

    July 27, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. john

    ridiculous. Of course everthing they discuss will be pre-screened and any questions will be soft balls. He wouldn't go on there otherwise since he can't answer tough questions.

    July 27, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Richard Puente

    The View is an American Show that deals openly with American issues. The Idea that President Obama being on on the show is Inappropriate is Stupid. I'm sure the majority of The Views audiance will be American Women who, if anything, find him charming. The View brass is smart to have The President on their show.. It's a first and it's long over due.. It's probably a more honest way to get the truth out than the crappy job the media does to sell ads and papers.

    July 27, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. db

    President Obama should listen to Rendell, a centrist Democrat with a better sense of what will go over well with middle-America. Appearing on a left-leaning Hollywood gabfest like The View is not what he needs right now.

    July 27, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Ray

    Nothing wrong with going on the view. It's just another way to get out his message that the GOP sucks and you'd be a fool to vote for them. I'm just sayin....

    July 27, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Josh- Rochester, MN

    This just proves how liberal The View is! They will kiss his butt so much, it will be impossible to watch. TV Media is an all around joke. From Fox News on the right to everyone else on the left....

    July 27, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Democrat in Ohio

    Maybe he can get a talk show after the WH years, ITS ALL ABOUT BARACK!

    Biden would be a great sidekick, like Ed McMann...

    July 27, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Will

    An empty, vapid show for an empty, vapid President

    July 27, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. rm

    Oh what the heck. He just wants to be one of the girls.

    July 27, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. JMK00

    This is absolutely ridiculous! Not only has he taken more vacactions this year than any other president – that we, the taxpayers, have to pay for, now he is wasting our money on this! There is no longer any dignity to the Office of the President. A truly sad state of affairs.

    July 27, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Scott in Atlanta

    Somebody will find fault with every single thing he does or does not do.

    BREAKING NEWS: Obama never condemned, his cousin's gardner's accountant's nephew's friend's girlfriend for J-walking back in 1966.

    Details at 11.

    GOP Response: This just proves he's a socialist, trying to bring Suria law to the United States. He must not have been born here...

    July 27, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. cj

    I really do not think the View is even close to the Jerry Springer show!
    The View is exactly that , everyone has a view point on numerous issues and politics is always one of them ....I for one will watch and I think he will be treated with great respect. He was on the Leno show and most political figures have been on the View. I think it could enlighten some uptight conseratives. Obama is not the boogey man, we got rid of him when we no longer have Cheney as VP!

    July 27, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. JES

    Barack Obama is on track to have the most spectacularly failed presidency since Woodrow Wilson. In the modern era, we've seen several failed presidencies–led by Jimmy Carter and LBJ. Failed presidents have one strong common trait– they are repudiated, in the vernacular, spat out. Of course, LBJ wisely took the exit ramp early, avoiding a shove into oncoming traffic by his own party. Richard Nixon indeed resigned in disgrace, yet his reputation as a statesman has been partially restored by his triumphant overture to China.

    But, Barack Obama is failing. Failing big. Failing fast. And failing everywhere: foreign policy, domestic initiatives, and most importantly, in forging connections with the American people. The incomparable Dorothy Rabinowitz in the Wall Street Journal put her finger on it: He is failing because he has no understanding of the American people, and may indeed loathe them. Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard says he is failing because he has lost control of his message, and is overexposed. Clarice Feldman of American Thinker produced a dispositive commentary showing that Obama is failing because fundamentally he is neither smart nor articulate; his intellectual dishonesty is conspicuous by its audacity and lack of shame.

    But, there is something more seriously wrong: How could a new president riding in on a wave of unprecedented promise and goodwill have forfeited his tenure and become a lame duck in six months? His poll ratings are in free fall. In generic balloting, the Republicans have now seized a five point advantage. This truly is unbelievable. What's going on?

    No narrative. Obama doesn't have a narrative.

    No, not a narrative about himself. He has a self-narrative, much of it fabricated, cleverly disguised or written by someone else. But this self-narrative is isolated and doesn't connect with us. He doesn't have an American narrative that draws upon the rest of us. All successful presidents have a narrative about the American character that intersects with their own where they display a command of history and reveal an authenticity at the core of their personality that resonates in a positive endearing way with the majority of Americans. We admire those presidents whose narratives not only touch our own, but who seem stronger, wiser, and smarter than we are. Presidents we admire are aspirational peers, even those whose politics don't align exactly with our own: Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Harry Truman, Ike, and Reagan.

    But not this president. It's not so much that he's a phony, knows nothing about economics, and is historically illiterate and woefully small minded for the size of the task–all contributory of course. It's that he's not one of us. And whatever he is, his profile is fuzzy and devoid of content, like a cardboard cutout made from delaminated corrugated paper. Moreover, he doesn't command our respect and is unable to appeal to our own common sense. His notions of right and wrong are repugnant and how things work just don't add up. They are not existential. His descriptions of the world we live in don't make sense and don't correspond with our experience.

    In the meantime, while we've been struggling to take a measurement of this man, he's dissed just about every one of us - financiers, energy producers, banks, insurance executives, police officers, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, post office workers, and anybody else who has a non-green job.

    Expect Obama to lament at his last press conference in 2012: "For those of you I offended, I apologize. For those of you who were not offended, you just didn't give me enough time; if only I'd had a second term, I could have offended you too."

    Mercifully, the Founders at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 devised a useful remedy for such a desperate state–staggered terms for both houses of the legislature and the executive. An equally abominable Congress can get voted out next year. With a new Congress, there's always hope of legislative gridlock until we vote for president again two short years after that.

    Yes, small presidents do fail, Barack Obama among them. The coyotes howl but the wagon train keeps rolling along.

    July 27, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. June in Chicago

    I think this is a smart decision. The President will reach an audience that may or may not read CNN or watch the nightly news. There are a lot of folks in this country that are homebound for one reason or another and who do not have access to the Internet. This is a way he can talk to people and let them get to know him.

    Kudos to the President. We have a President who is willing to talk directly to the people, not down to them as so many before him have. Just another feather in his cap as far as I am concerned.

    July 27, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Marge

    I guess if women run a show it is unacceptable. But the gab fest and over shouting and partisan bickering of Meet the Press, and the rest of the MEN COMMENTATORS are much more sedate.

    July 27, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Do I detect a whiff of snobbery? A sense that, if the interviewers aren't a bunch of suit-wearing pundit-class bigfoots, but a collection of mere women on a weekday daytime show (oh, the horror!), the discussion can't possibly be Serious and Weighty Journalism Appropriate for the President?

    The View = Jerry Springer? Barbara Walters = Jerry Springer? Really? Methinks Rendell's comments say a lot more about his prejudices than they do about President Obama's conduct.

    July 27, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. jim

    I agree with Gov. Rendell on very little but he is absolutely right on this one. The current President seems to care not about the dignity of the office in which he resides.

    July 27, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. Chalupa

    I can't say it is undignified for the President to appear on The View. I do think it illustrates his need to be in the limelight and receive adulation. I don't recall any other president spending so much time creating photo-ops.
    Great campaigner. Lousy leader.

    July 27, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. jay

    My God, the show is only an hour long, he's not becoming a host. Is it anything the right wing nuts don't cry about.

    July 27, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. snoopy

    It cheapens the office.

    July 27, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. pat

    I think comparing The View with Jerry Springer is a little strong. I think Obama should be put on the spot for some of his drastic measures taken since he was elected.

    July 27, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Mr Joshua

    Ok for me,
    It's not like the country has anything else more pressing to worry about. How much an hour does it cost taxpayers for Air Force One again?

    July 27, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. nichloas scott

    what a deal.

    July 27, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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