When it comes to traditional forms of communication, President Barack Obama is not one to subscribe to the methods of his predecessors. From streaming video to Twitter to "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", the president has shown time and time again that serving in the Oval Office doesn't mean communicating only through your press secretary.
In an effort to reconnect with the American people — and reach an audience more interested in E! than C-SPAN — Obama will make an appearance on Thursday's edition of daytime talk show "The View". According to ABC, it's the first time a sitting U.S. president has appeared on a daytime series.
Granted, Obama is used to hanging out with "View" co-hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. Back in 2008 (as well as 2004), then-candidate Obama sat down with the ladies and discussed the three most important things he would first tackle in office. His answer: laying the groundwork to withdraw from Iraq, overhauling the health care system and addressing the energy crisis.
The latter in particular could use more discussion from the president — especially in light of the oil disaster in the Gulf. "The View" is a well-known, back-and-forth type affair, and it would be good to see someone like Whoopi challenge Obama on climate legislation and where the country is headed with clean energy.
Tune in tomorrow at 11 a.m. (EST) on ABC.