President Obama traveled to New York City today to tape an appearance on “The View,” the wildly popular yenta-fest that the Obamas have begun to regularly use as a tool for increasing their popularity with the electorate.
Michelle Obama will also participate in the taping, guaranteeing that a portion of the session focuses on eating vegetables.
While in New York to appear on The View, Obama will also stop by the United Nations to address the General Assembly. The speech will be delivered Tuesday.
Obama is not scheduled to hold any bilateral meetings with world leaders during his time in New York, an unprecedented snub and a huge missed opportunity to try to hash through thorny world problems in places like the Middle East and East Asia, where tensions between China and its neighbors are on the rise.
It’s unclear whether Obama will have bilateral meetings with members of The View following his session on the program.
“I think it’s insulting to Joy Behar to presume that she is any less capable than Hu Jintao of addressing the current Sino-Japanese territorial dispute,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today.
Obama may be avoiding meetings with world leaders because he’ll be completely exhausted following his cross examination on The View. Here’s the group of crack journalists tearing to shreds Nicki Minaj, who dropped by the show today.
“The yenta style of interview is very effective,” said The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg. “I mean, if you can segue during an interview from the crisis in the Middle East to the price of potato salad at Zabar’s, you catch people off guard. And then you move in for the kill.”
Some world leaders professed to be unbothered by Obama’s failure to meet with them.
“We might be able to make progress on the European debt crisis, enhance our approach to Iran, and make improvements to the world economy,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “Who would want that?”