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Obama denies knowing "Jersey Shore"'s Snooki on "The View" (video)

President Obama claimed on "The View" that he doesn't know Snooki... but he joked about the "Jersey Shore" vixen at the White House Correspondents' dinner this year. (Saul Loeb/Getty Images/MTV)

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."

By The Reliable Source  |  July 29, 2010; 3:10 PM ET
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In case WaPo hasn't figured it out already, the jokes the president reads at the White House Correspondents' dinner are written by professional joke writers, and not by the president himself.

The jokes he reads at the dinner are written by pros from popular TV shows like Conan O'Brien, The Daily Show, and Letterman.

He's probably telling the truth. In fact, we should be much MORE concerned if the POTUS really is sitting around watching MTV instead of running the country.

Posted by: SkyBeaver | July 29, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

He could have gone to the Boy Scout Jamboree but preferred a luv fest with the hens on this irrelevant show. Just where he belongs. I just hope the ole girls wore their Depends, what with the fawning that went on, it was disgusting. He knew not one of them has the brains to ask a probing question so obami didn't have to answer why he is destroying our country.

Posted by: mightyheidi | July 29, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I simply can't believe that the potus is going on the view to try to raise his falling approval ratings. How can the editors of the post not address this? What does this have to do with foreign affairs or national interests? If he wants to be a celebrity, he should resign and move to Hollywood. Anyone should be able to see through his attempt at being "slick." No wonder we are getting our butts kicked in the Middle East, Obama spends his time trying to look cool hanging out with the likes of Justine Bieber and Jon Bon Jovi...can you believe that...???!!!

Posted by: maverickguy | July 29, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

The President gets it that more than half of the voters in America are women and women like this show. A whole lot of women watch it and a whole lot more of us record it to watch when we get home from work---especially when the President is on it. President Obama handled it just right. He was relaxed and enjoyable AND he was able to list the major achievements of his Presidency so far. BTW, I looked it up. His approval ratings at this point in his administration are higher than either Reagan's or Clinton's were at the same time. When you actually do the work, there will be people who agree with you and people who don't. But as time goes by, more people are beginning to see the good, i.e. the percentage of people in favor of the healthcare reform has continued to rise as people learn more about it and come to understand that all that death panel stuff was a big lie. It was good to see the President in some format other than a press briefing which is pretty boring. The Republican party thanked Hasselback for her political daytime support, so I guess they get it that the View is an important show. Ed Rendell ought to watch it sometime. He'd learn some things.

Posted by: karela | July 29, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Please don't make me read the name Snookie anymore, and I'm begging you to stop posting her picture. I love the Post, but can barely focus on a page where that (ugh) face appears.

Posted by: Harise | July 30, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Hot Air: Obamateurism of the Day

Posted by: StewartIII | August 3, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

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