Rosie O'Donnell Dislikes Obama on The View: Sitting Presidents Shouldn't Do 'Fluffy' Shows

Brian Maloney at The Radio Equalizer found a mildly surprising voice against President Obama's appearance on The View: Rosie O'Donnell. On her satellite radio show, O'Donnell said the setting wasn't dignified enough for a sitting president:

I have mixed feelings about that. I don't really think sitting presidents should go do fluffy daytime TV shows. Maybe an hour on Oprah or something. But you know, I don't know. I don't really want to see him on The View. I've gotta tell you. Although I'm happy for them, that's a good booking, and Barbara's going to come back that day after her heart surgery. She's apparently doing very well.

Perhaps Rosie doesn't think Elisabeth Hasselbeck will offer Obama anything but "fluffy" remarks, unlike Mike Barnicle.

Over at The Huffington Post, Robbie Genet suggests Obama should really be appearing on the Glenn Beck show, to demonstrate to all (and especially the Fox-watching robots) that Beck is a naked emperor:

While I'm interested to see Obama's impending visit to the View, I'd like to see him break through directly to the Fox audience, who are being fed a very skewed and dangerous narrative through a calculated filter. Nine of the top ten rated news shows are on Fox, which reaches a unique audience of Americans that tune out most if not all other sources of news and information. The few million people tuning into Fox and tuning out any opposing take on reality are in dire need of a dose of actual discourse, not just one extremely slanted view. Obama needs to reach these people directly and there is no better way than to go into the "lions den" and have an unfiltered discussion with Beck in front of a massive audience for what would be one of the most watched television events in recent times. It would be watched by not just every single Fox supporter but by tens of millions of other people curious to see what transpires....

Beck is only dangerous because he is so far unconfronted in the bullsh*t arena. Obama needs to put on his hip waders, hold his nose and confront not just one deranged television personality but the entire Tea Party culture that has been constructed around Beck's white minstrel show. Obama would be a breath of fresh- nay, truthy- air and as always, a house of cards needs only a strong enough breeze to send the whole thing tumbling down. Confront your critics on their own turf and illuminate your vision direct and unfiltered. It is the only way to break through to that segment of the population and show them that Emporer Beck is indeed naked. Now that would be Must See TV!

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis