President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama bantered playfully and held hands Monday during a taping of the female-oriented talk show, "The View," giving no indication of second thoughts about the appearance despite criticism that the president was blowing off international diplomacy in order to take part in the often-fluffy daytime gabfest. "I told folks I'm just supposed to be eye candy here for you guys," President Obama said during a back-and-forth about him being the only man on the program. The show's five co-hosts are women.
Fake, but believable, presidential quote: "Have I mentioned that I work out?" The First Lady got in on the act, too:
"He's very loving, he's very giving. He's very open. He's funny; I'm funnier," Mrs. Obama said when asked to describe her husband's personality. Asked whether her husband ever gets angry, she replied: "Yeah, yeah, he does. I can make him mad -- any number of ways." "By being thoroughly unreasonable," the president jumped in, smiling, according to a pool report. The Obamas also talked about their 20th wedding anniversary falling on Oct. 3—the night of the first presidential debate. President Obama said the couple will celebrate the following Saturday. "I like lavishing her with all kinds of attention when she deserves it, and she always deserves it," the president said.
Aren't they just so cute and charming? Positively saccharine. It's almost enough to make you forget about 43 straight months of eight-plus percent unemployment, tail-spinning household incomes, record food stamp usage and poverty rates, $5.4 Trillion in new debt (and counting), and a devolving international crisis featuring such "bumps in the road" as four breached embassies and an assassinated ambassador -- plus its ongoing cover-up. Almost. The Whoopi/Behar/Obama love-fest airs at 10 am, so be sure to check your local listings. Allahpundit wonders if this encounter might go down as the most irritating Obama interview ever. Probability: High. CBS News doesn't seem especially impressed:
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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