Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, executive producers of the ABC’s Emmy® Award-winning talk show, “The View,” announced today that President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, will be the featured guest, THURSDAY, JULY 29 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET), marking the first time in history a sitting United States President has visited a daytime talk show. President Obama’s unprecedented appearance is part of the show’s continuing “Red, White & View” campaign, which is committed to political guests and discussions.
Barbara Walters, creator/executive producer and co-host of “The View” will, in honor of this rare occasion, make one exclusive in-studio appearance to mark this historic hour for “The View.”
Ms. Walters underwent heart valve replacement surgery in May. Earlier this month she chatted about her recovery with pals Whoopi, Joy, Elisabeth and Sherri live via Skype®. It was her first nationally televised appearance since undergoing surgery.
“We are so pleased and honored that President Obama will be a guest on ‘The View.’ The President last appeared on the program in March 2008 while he was still a Senator, and First Lady Michelle Obama was a featured guest co-host in June 2008. This shows that both the President and First Lady feel that our show is an influential and important source of information and news. I’m also going to appear on ‘The View’ Thursday for the first time since my open heart surgery in May. I will return full-time in September,” said Ms. Walters.
President Obama’s interview, scheduled to tape on Wednesday, July 28, will touch on topics including his administrations accomplishments, jobs, the economy, the Gulf oil spill and family life inside the White House.
President Obama’s last appearance on “The View” was in March 2008. He was also a featured guest on November 2004, when promoting his book, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.