'The View' pulls Presidential ratings
August 2nd, 2010
02:27 PM ET

'The View' pulls Presidential ratings

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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  1. Obamamnesty

    Obama is a failure! His ratings are dropping each day and the View did not help him at all!

    August 8, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cavemanstyle

    Considering that the President barely has time to speak to anyone because of his strict schedule, I think it's a great Idea that he went on "a fluffy" daytime TV show so that people could see him in a more as a human being rather than a political figurehead. Most of the people in this country don't even get a chance to know the real president personality aside from his job, and that's a small tragedy in it's own. If you don't know the person you voted for, then who did you really vote for? His political views? His agenda? .. These are all things that have no face to them, yet when you look at the person that's in that position and see him for who he really is, then you can truly decide "is what he doing in the country's best interest?". Just my two cents worth that any non-stressful publicity for Obama is good for him, or any president wanting to reach out to Americans in an unpolitical fashion. For him to stand up and take the blame for all that's going wrong in this country and not by his own undoing.. give him some credit, he's probably one of the most courageous men I've seen in a long time, and you're worried about if he's doing a fluffy TV show. Wow. ~

    August 3, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Astu

    America you are all funny. Dam if you do or dam if you don't. After 8 years of damage you are expecting somethin miracle to be happen. Vote for Sarah Palin then you will really see what is going to be happen. There will be no great America.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jaclyn

    The President has to know where his priorities are, imagine appearing on the View and ignoring the boyscout jamboree, they are our future, they would have remembered that, instead Obama is hell bent on making History how ever he can, because he has his support there, Elisabeth Hasslebeck was the only one who asked very good and sensible questions, I am surprised Whoopi did not as to Joy Behar she was in another world over excited until she was stupid. I am glad all had fun, Barbara why didn't you continue to recuperate and then have him in September when you were due back, the are so many different talk shows he could have appeared which be far are better than that, I don't even watch that show, but thought I would check out the biases, and excited big women who acted so childish, he is only a man not The Messiah that you make him to believe because you do.

    August 3, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Odalice Feliz

    go-go President Obama

    August 3, 2010 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. sarah

    it was disappointing to see him on the view and not at the 100th national boyscout jamboree. the "hollywood" mentality of our president is unfortunate.

    August 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. HMM

    The President should have spoken at the 100th National Boy Scout Jamboree- instead he had this previous engagement, known as the View, and could not make it for a live appearance.

    August 2, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DRH

    Don't you think that the President has more important and pressing matters at hand that he should be taking care of rather than trying to boost is public opinion rating and making tv appearances? If you ask me, I think that all the people who voted for HIM should be put in a separate country that can be run by him and the rest of us sound minded people should get a shot at actually getting a decent president. There's a reason why we're in a depression and other than Obama bailling companies out of financial trouble, he hasn't got a single good plan to boost American jobs. But Hey! let's put a strain on the insurance companies by mandating health insurance! Great Idea! Step 2 torward socialism, complete!

    August 2, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sara

    I jsut can't STAND any of those stupid women - they are big-mouthed or stupid, most of them are both. At least Behar is funny. When I see clips of them on TV they are always talking over each other and it reminds me of a chicken coop!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. HD 100% ETH

    Rosie's new show on PENIUS-lavania Avenue, comes on every Saterday in few years.

    THE View : is
    THE Pew : is

    Now you are holding V & P membership.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. HD 100% ETH

    The Second reason why Rosie left THE VIEW or THE V's or THE VA-INAS is she is looking for her dream show THE P's or THE PENIUS.

    Well-Come to THE P's, Rosie. You could make the bab-es now.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. HD 100% ETH

    THE VIEW is for VA-INAS by itself opposing THE PEN-US.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Obama is a joke

    Obama is a massive joke played on the americans who elected him. What next? Looks like the president is a worthless leader who cannot uphold his promises and agendas which got him elected. Like all Libs and republicans they lie to become elected and then mess up everything they can. You readers do realize that we are in a depression not a so called "recession". Bring back the jobs o Americans, send the illegals out of my country.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • America

      According to http://www.politifact.com out of the 505 campaign promises that obama has made...he has so far broken 20, kept 120, compromised on 38, 243 are in the works, 81 stalled, and 3 not yet rated. Those are pretty good numbers if you ask me. No president is ever able to make things happen on their own.

      August 2, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      He IS not a joke, He is human and deserves all the respect we can give him. He spends too much time having to defend the messes he did not make . I applaud President Obama for being who he is while having to deal with people like you not willing to work with him. Whether you like him or not, we need to all work together and support our leaders instead of talking trash. I hated Bush but, I always support our country. Everyone give the guy a break, he is trying to clean up a 8 year in the making mess. Back off.

      August 3, 2010 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. Roen

    I like Rosie,however our President was a wonderful guest on the View– stop your hating...get over yourself & keep it real !

    August 2, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. N

    100% well-deserved.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Member of Gaithersburg, Md. Police Department

    Our internet protocol at our police department here in Gaithersburg, Maryland is working with the public in hosing events supporting president Obama's good coalition for the public in making our economy better and to clean up crime on the streets. We need more funding from Congress and soon so that our officers can do the job in maintaining the integrity of our infrastructure. Our society is contingent on a good legal system and we need the public's help in making that so. If necessary, the departments may have to solicit for donations from the public if funding gets too low or too late getting the funding from Congress. This remains a possibility for the near future considering the way the economy is at the moment.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |

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