President Obama, First Lady to Appear Together on “The View”


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Annie Leibovitz/Released by White House Photo Office(WASHINGTON) — President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will appear on ABC’s The View Tuesday for their first joint interview on the daytime TV talk circuit, the show’s producers announced on Thursday.

The first couple will together take questions on their relationship, family life inside the White House and the 2012 presidential race from the program’s five female hosts, the network said in a statement. The interview is scheduled to tape Monday, Sept. 24, in New York City.

The Obamas have each appeared individually on The View. Michelle Obama most recently visited the show in mid-August.  President Obama sat for a solo interview in July 2010, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit a daytime TV talk show.

“We are honored to host President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama,” said co-host Barbara Walters in a statement. “This first joint appearance marks a significant milestone.”

The taping is billed as part of show’s “Red, White & View” series, which has included  prominent American politicians and discussions on current political issues.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who has not yet appeared on The View, said Wednesday that he is willing to participate in an interview in October. He had previously disparaged the program as a “high risk” media opportunity because of the “sharp tongued” female hosts.

No date has been publicly announced for a Romney visit to the program.

Hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd — who represent a wide range of backgrounds and political views — are known for putting their guests on the hot seat.

The ladies’ questions have not deterred the Obamas from coming back, however.  Next week’s appearance is Barack Obama’s fifth visit to The View, including previous appearances as a U.S. Senator and presidential candidate. The first lady has been on the show four times, including a June 2008 stint as a special guest co-host.

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