Obama denies knowing "Jersey Shore"'s Snooki on "The View" (video)
What did the president know about Snooki and when did he know it?
That was the headline out of President Obama's appearance on "The View" Thursday morning when he flubbed a little pop-culture quiz posed by the hosts.
"Do you know that Lindsay Lohan is in jail?" asked Joy Behar. "I actually knew that," POTUS responded.
"Does Mel Gibson need anger management?" Obama hemmed and hawed. "Uhhh... Let me answer the Afghanistan question!... I haven't seen a Mel Gibson movie in a while."
"Should Snooki run as mayor of Wasilla?"
"I got to admit," Obama said, "I don't know who Snooki is."
Oh, reeeaaalllly? Because not three months ago, at the White House Correspondent's Association Dinner, he seemed to know all about the stars of "Jersey Shore," when he joked that "the following individuals shall be excluded from the indoor tanning tax... Snooki, J-WOWW, the Situation and House Minority Leader John Boehner."
We get it: The guy has speechwriters to handle the jokey stuff, and not a lot of time to watch MTV.
Before that, it was mostly all earnestness as Obama made what was billed as his first-ever daytime talk show appearance since taking office (he visited the show twice before), with an ailing Barbara Walters returning to make "a special appearance for this historic event." He told anecdotes about his daughters ("they're full of opinions and ideas and observations - it's a great age") and explained why he usually describes himself as black instead of biracial ("when I was a teenager going through all these identity crises, part of what I realized is that if the world saw me as African-American, that wasn't something I needed to run from").
He touted his legislative accomplishments and fielded a challenge from "The View"'s resident conservative, Elisabeth Hasselbeck over the administration's claim it had "saved jobs." Even if many are still looking for jobs, he said, "it makes a difference if your job was one of those that was saved."
Walters quizzed him on Afghanistan and this week's Wikileaks disclosures. "Why don't we get out?" she asked. "All the leaks that came out in this Wikileaks thing that occurred this week just confirmed what I was saying during the campaign - we are underresourced in Afghanistan, we took our eye off the ball."
More lightness: Does the president tweet? "I don't tweet. I think there's an official president's tweet, but some 20-year-old is doing it."
Does he still have his BlackBerry? Yes, but only 10 people have his address, and "I've got to admit, it's no fun.... They think it's going to be subject to the presidential records act, so it's all very official."
The Reliable Source
July 29, 2010; 3:10 PM ET
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