Pundits, however, said Obama's decision to appear on the show likely had to do with appealing to its mostly female audience.
"The president is itching to get out of DC. This is an opportunity for the president to get his message out and get to people," said Democratic strategist Donna Brazille on "Good Morning America."
But for Obama's detractor's, the president managed to muddle his message even among the softball questions pitched by the show's five hosts.
"I think Obama is at the brink of complaining too much about the difficulties of being president… ticking off all your problem, ticking off the thorns," said Nicole Wallace, a former George W. Bush staffer.