President Obama to Appear on ABC's 'The View'

Obama will become first sitting president to visit daytime TV talk show.

ByABC News
July 23, 2010, 8:42 PM

July 26, 2010 — -- President Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit a daytime TV talk show when he tapes an interview Wednesday with ABC's "The View."

Obama is appearing as part of the show's "Red, White & View" series, which has featured prominent American politicians and discussions on current political issues. Vice President Joe Biden made a guest appearance in April.

The president will take the hot seat among the show's five female hosts, who represent a range of backgrounds and political views, at a time when his administration grapples with challenges from the economy to the BP oil spill.

Obama's approval ratings have hit new lows, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. Nearly six in 10 Americans say they lack confidence in the president to make the right decisions for the country, and a majority doubt his handling of the economy.

Still, the administration has had some recent legislative victories, which Obama may discuss on the show, including passage of financial regulatory reform and a sweeping health care reform law.

Obama was previously a guest on "The View" in March 2008 as a Democratic presidential candidate. At the time, he faced questions about the swirling Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy.

"I didn't have a research team during the course of 20 years to go pull every sermon he's given and see if there's something offensive that he's said," Obama said of Wright.

He later disavowed his ties to the controversial reverend and effectively resigned from the church.