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Obama to make history with appearance on 'The View'

By the CNN Wire Staff
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Obama is the first incumbent president to appear on a daytime talk show
  • The segment will air Thursday
  • White House: Obama's appearance is a way to speak to people "where they are"

(CNN) -- President Obama becomes the first sitting president to appear on a daytime talk show when he records a pre-taped interview with the ladies of The View on Wednesday.

The interview will touch on topics including his administration's accomplishments, jobs, the economy, the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster and family life inside the White House. The segment is scheduled to air Thursday.

Obama appeared on the program in 2008 when he was a presidential candidate and was a featured guest in November 2004, when promoting his book, "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance."

Obama is the first sitting president to appear on a daytime talk show, according to ABC. He also became the first incumbent president to appear on a late-night comedy show, NBC has said, when he visited The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

At least one Democrat has taken issue with Obama's appearance.

Speaking on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell suggested the ABC talk-show -- which often directs its focus on tabloid stories and celebrity mishaps -- may not be an appropriate forum for a sitting president of the United States.

"I think the president should be accessible, should answer questions that aren't pre-screened, but I think there should be a little bit of dignity to the presidency," Rendell said.

But Rendell conceded The View will provide Obama with a good opportunity to go off the teleprompter -- something Rendell says the president should do more often. "If I was advising President Obama, I'd say do as much ad hoc as you can do," he said. "He doesn't have to scripted, he doesn't have to be telepromptered."

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the appearance was a way for the president to speak to people "where they are."

"Look, I think it is another opportunity for the president to talk to people where they are. We made a decision to put the president on Jay Leno, David Letterman, The View, because that's where -- people have busy lives and it's best to go where they are. And I think that's what the president will do tomorrow."

 
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