Obama is breaking all kinds of records. Nationalizing health care, the only President who can slam dunk, and now the only time a sitting President has visited a daytime talk show.
That’s right, Taft never made the effort. Neither did Millard Fillmore, the son of a bitch. But Obama is one of the first presidents borne of the age where media-hype, image control, and generally everything related to media assist narratives — there’s no better place to make his platform known to bored Midwestern housewives and my grandmother than the View. Obama has been out of the public eye for a number of months, only giving speeches when necessarily, leaving that part of his job to the more uncharismatic parts of his senior staff.
So maybe he’ll be able to braid the hair of the other women on the panel, maybe Elisabeth Hasselbeck will make a valiant attempt to assail his positions with her limited knowledge as a Survivor contestant, and maybe Barbara Walters will pass out and need to be revived with smelling salts. Do they even ask hard-hitting questions on the View? Obama is scheduled to talk about the oil spill, his family, and health care.