August 2nd, 2010
02:27 PM ET
If President Obama’s mission by going on “The View” was to reach a large sector of the program's audience, then he can consider that mission accomplished.
"The View" made history when President Obama became the first sitting president to be interviewed on a daytime TV show, and millions of people tuned in to watch.
That episode, which aired last Thursday, was the program’s most-watched telecast ever, with 6.59 million total viewers catching the POTUS fielding questions about everything from Afghanistan to Snooki.
According to Barbara Walters, “The ratings indicate that our show continues to break new ground. ‘The View’ has proven to be an important stop for political candidates and is appointment television for our loyal audience who value our opposing views," the host said in a statement.
But the episode was not without its critics – Rosie O’Donnell, for one, wasn't completely on board with the idea.
“I have mixed feelings about that,” O’Donnell said on her Sirius XM radio show last Wednesday. “I don't really think sitting presidents should go do fluffy daytime TV shows. Maybe an hour on ‘Oprah’ or something."
The 48-year-old comedian served as moderator of that “fluffy” daytime TV show in 2006, but exited after a series of highly publicized feuds with co-hosts Walters, 80, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, 33.
Despite her rocky past with the show, O’Donnell insists there are no hard feelings. "I don't really want to see [Obama] on ‘The View,’ although I'm happy for them," she added. "That's a good booking."
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