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

Obama has no idea who Snooki is

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/29/art.snooki.file6.gi.jpg caption ="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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  1. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Lame. lame, lame...who cares what this tv star says. Go get your tan at the beach if you can't afford to pay .50 more for your stupid tanning salon.

    July 29, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |

    Of course he doesn't know who Snooki is (and neither do I) but that didn't stop from mentioning her in his joke ....because he didn't WRITE his jokes. He stuck to the teleprompter. Snooki isn't laughing (and neither am I).

    Any more great newsworthy stuff from The View?

    July 29, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. doug

    He should know who she is, after all every single white Democrat female in the North East and left coast is a 100% clone of Snookie, as the men are a clone of the situation.

    Their lack of morals. values, honesty, decency and inability to ever think of others is the bond of all Democrats in America today.

    July 29, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Old Folks, Tx

    This is the best thing you got from this interview? Well, one thing is
    for sure, Elisabeth Hannitybeck proved how shallow and incompetent
    she is. With her voice shaking, she managed to squeak out some
    nonsense about "saved" jobs and was, of course, immediately
    shot down by President Obama's answer, "depends on if your job
    was saved". Crowd roared, nut case pursed her lips, and the beat
    went on. Just like we expected, he conducted himself in a gracious and
    classy manner, with dignity and intelligence way beyond Hannitybeck's

    July 29, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Indy

    Snooki would do a heck of a lot better job as Mayor of Wasilla the Sarah Palin did by almost bankrupting the town for her personal gain.

    July 29, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. BobH

    After a dozen or more questions and followups on the economy, the war in Afghanistan and education, THIS is what CNN decides is most newsworthy from Obama's appearance on The View?

    You guys are just a plague. This is a big reason Americans are so uninformed.

    July 29, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    The only things Obama knows, is what his people tell him.

    One of the problems with the Presidency......is that they know very little about how people are feeling, about what they do......and that is either a major part of Obama's problem, or he just doesn't care.

    July 29, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. gt

    but he sure knows who is on the" view."...pathedic leadership...

    July 29, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |

    Who care who she i8s and what OBAMA the dumb, dumb knows. He opts for a show favoring him and his ideals instead of doing the patriotic thing in addressing the Boy Scouts of America. BAH ON OBAMA, THE MUSLIM KING.

    July 29, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. doug

    The places where the snookies and situations live are all over 75% Democrat.

    They worship the nj ny mobs, so you can just imagine their love affair of the Chicago lib mobs that are used by the true president, George Soros, to unleash his destruction on our great nation.

    July 29, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. laura

    I don't know who this snooki person is either. I guess those of us with real grey matter between our ears don't tune in to "bread and circus" diversions. I would rather read a good book, or spend time with my cows. Their intelligence level is higher and they are pleasant company.I do not think the "reality" trend afflicting the American broadcasts are anything like reality at all, and merely give those who cannot contribute anything worth while a chance at 15 minutes of fame for being stupid in public.

    July 29, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. gal in alex

    On the View TV "show" bobble head said he did not know snooki (sp?) but an article posted on CNN just said he joked about exempting her and some others from the tanning tax. ???????

    July 29, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. impardonne

    He talked about other serious issues on the view regarding the economy, jobs, negative media, and all I see is post about snookie?
    This is why there are many uninformed people that are unaware of the progress this country is making, because they either focus on the negative or the IRRELEVANT.


    July 29, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. demmie

    wow. what a total immature person, this man holding the office is...

    July 29, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. gal in alex

    Just read the definition of comments being moderated in accordance with the cnn comment policy and may not appear on blog.Why am I getting the feeling that anything other than "GLOWING" adoration for our so called president may not pass (?)

    July 29, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Bev

    Look up the definition of "infamous". "Known widely and usually unfavorably".

    July 29, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. jean

    She may live longer since she does not "Tan Bed" any longer. But I really don't care.

    July 29, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. Grundoon

    Snookie is a waste of space. Trashy looks, no talent . . . Next

    July 29, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. Steve (the real one)

    "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.
    Wait! What? Was that an actual question asked of the President of the United States? Seriously?? That was a very insightful question! NOT!

    July 29, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Matt

    He forgot to add Charlie Christ.

    July 29, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Media these days are a joke!

    Seriously CNN? THIS IS NOT NEWS!!! you people are retarded! I bet he'll know who she is now that you idiot reporters and journalists talk about things that are NOT important to this country!

    July 29, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. thor

    The president may have not known who Snooki is but the American people know that we've been "snookered" by Obama and his policies !!

    July 29, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. MikeH

    Right now Darryl Issa is typing up another subpoena titled "What does Obama know about Snookie and when did he know it".

    July 29, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  24. Tomas Jefferson

    I agree with Obama on this one. How can someone who has used up her 15 mins of fame still think they are famous. Do something besides showing off your assets on TV. I grow tired of this spot fame that reality stars get and then hold us hostage on. Who cares go away and let us watch the real stars whom throw their lives away on crack or booze, lol

    July 29, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Obama has no idea who Snooki is

    As well you shouldn't Mr. President. Hell, I didn't know who Snooki was until this past weekend.

    More to the point, SNOOKI doesn't know who SNOOKI IS!

    July 29, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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