Obama Talks Gay Marriage, Politics and Pop Culture on 'The View'


"What will determine the election is the economy and whether everybody – gay, straight, black, white, Hispanic, Latino, Native American, disabled, you name it - whether people feel as if America continues to be this extraordinary land of opportunity and there's this very stark differences, legit differences between the candidates and between the parties in terms of how we are going to make sure that everybody in this country gets a fair shot, every kid is getting a great education, how we create businesses, how we create more jobs - that ultimately is going to be what determines how this election goes," he said.

Obama 'Just the Right Amount of Embarrassing'

In addition to talking policy and politics, the president also shared personal details about life inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, including the fallout from his infamous, impromptu Apollo performance.

Obama said that first lady Michelle Obama "gets jealous when I sing too much."

"She thinks this is kind of a private thing," he added.

The president showcased his vocal skills at a fundraiser earlier this year, singing a few lines of Al Green. His tune quickly became a sensation.

When asked whether his crooning embarrassed his daughters, he retold a story from his 50th birthday party last summer, explaining that they think he's "embarrassing, but not too embarrassing."

"Malia and Sasha and a bunch of my friends and Michelle had sort of like a roast, a little private roast, each one of them read something and Malia and Sasha had written out why I am such a wonderful dad. And they had this list, it was so sweet and one of the items on Malia's list was you are just the right amount of embarrassing," he said to laughter from the audience.

The president also proved his pop-culture prowess, acing a celebrity quiz.

Obama correctly knew that Kim was the Kardashian sister who made headlines this year for her 72-day marriage to pro basketball player Kris Humphries. No, the president is not a loyal follower of reality TV. Obama, an avid basketball fan, but said, "he was a ball player. I know from watching basketball."

Obama was also asked by co-host Joy Behar whether he knew about "the controversial sex book," "Fifty Shades of Grey," that's on millions of people's bedside tables.

After looking a little perplexed, the president admitted he did not know, but joked, "I'll ask Michelle when I get home."

This marked Obama's fourth appearance on "The View," his second as president. He made history as the first sitting president to make an appearance on daytime television when he visited the women of "The View" July 2010.

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