ABC has released the following excerpts from ‘The View”s exclusive interview with President Barack Obama, recorded today and airing tomorrow, May 15 on ABC at 11 am ET:
BARBARA WALTERS: Let’s move it along a little bit. You did make that historic decision to say that you’re in favor of gay marriage. There are 30 states which are not. But there are also federal laws that impinge on the rights of gays. They can’t file a joint income tax report; they don’t have social security that they can pass to each other. Will you now fight for a federal bill that gives the same rights to heterosexuals that the federal bill now does not give to gays?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well, keep in mind that on issues like social security, for example, a lot of this has to do with what’s called the Defense of Marriage act, DOMA. It was passed originally when Hawaii started making noises about recognizing same sex marriage. The idea was we don’t want that drifting into the federal government, and this is part of the reason why my justice department has said to the courts, we don’t think the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional. This is something that historically had been determined at the state level, and part of my believing ultimately that civil unions weren’t sufficient and I’ve been a longtime supporter of civil unions for same sex couples was partly because of the issue of social security benefits or other laws, state taxes, things like that. You know part of it was also just knowing friends and family, people that I’d gotten to know who had these wonderful relationships, and they’d say to me, You know what? The words matter. So even though you’re a strong supporter of civil unions, somehow it still says we’re different, and that particular set of conversations that I had is ultimately what led me to this conclusion.
BARBARA WALTERS: Well you’ve talked about talking with your Attorney General. Will you personally fight to repeal that act?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well, look, Congress is clearly on notice that I think it’s a bad idea.
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: Mr. President ,you took a lot of flak for passing the stimulus bill and helping out the banks, and then you took a lot of flack because people felt you didn’t do enough with the folks who were responsible. They didn’t go to jail, nobody got into trouble. So now I’m wondering, because I watched this JP Morgan Chase thing just go down, I’m wondering (A), what do you think happened, and (B), sir, what are you going to do about it, because this has to be the last straw.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well look, first of all, JP Morgan is one of the best managed banks there is. Jamie Dimon, the head of it, is one of the smartest bankers we got and they still lost $2 billion and counting precisely because they were making bets in these derivative markets. We don’t know all the details yet. It’s going to be investigated, but this is why we passed Wall Street reform. The whole point was, even if you’re smart, you can make mistakes, and since these banks are insured, backed up by taxpayers, we don’t want you taking risks where eventually we might end up having to bail you out again, because we’ve done that, been there, didn’t like it. So this is why we raised capital requirements, so that when they do lose money, they’ve got enough money socked away so they can pay off those obligations. This is why we put in place something called the vocal rule that says, if you are a federally insured bank, you can’t make bets on your own trades with your own money that could end up resulting in 2 billion or 3 billion dollar losses. Think about it, this is the best or one of the best managed banks. You could have a bank that isn’t as strong, isn’t as profitable making those same bets and we might have had to step in and that’s exactly why Wall Street reform is so important.
BARBARA WALTERS: You’re very young. You’re what now, 50?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I’m 50, 51 this year.
BARBARA WALTERS: Okay so you will still be a very young man even if you run another four years. Can you look ahead and say, this is what I would like to do with my life?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: No. I think at this point, what I want to spend the next 5 years doing is recreating that America where, if you work hard, you can make it, regardless of where you come from, what you look like (HUGE AUDIENCE APPLAUSE/CHEERING) and the one thing, if you don’t mind me taking just a little bit of time on this, you know sometimes you hear about America’s declining or we’re weaker or China’s on the rise or this, that or the other. Let me tell you, I travel all around the world and everywhere you go, if you ask people, where would you want to be, what country you admire, what cards would you like to have in your hand, it’s what we’ve got. We’ve still got the finest workers in the world, the best universities in the world, we’ve the best scientists, the best entrepreneurs, we’ve got the best market system in the world, so we’ve got all the ingredients for success for the next 100, next 200 years, but what’s happened is, is that our politics break down, we’ve become more obsessed with winning the election than setting things up for the next generation, and if we can break through that, I could not be more confident or more proud of the this country and the direction we’re headed. (AUDIENCE APPLAUSE)
JOY BEHAR: Will it happen?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: It will happen. I believe it. It always does. (AUDIENCE APPLAUSE)
JOY BEHAR: And we’re back with President Barack Obama. Now we know that you know a lot about politics, you know about the law, but do you know about pop culture? That’s the question.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I don’t know, but we’re going to find out.
JOY BEHAR: I have some questions.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Fire away
JOY BEHAR: Let’s see what you’ve been reading.
JOY BEHAR: Number one: Which Karadashian was married for only 72 days? (LAUGHTER)
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: That would be Kim. (APPLAUSE)
JOY BEHAR: Very good! (APPLAUSE) Okay
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Because he was a ball player. I know he was a ball player. That’s how I know from watching basketball.
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: That’s why. Because I’m sure you don’t watch the show.
JOY BEHAR: Okay, this one you may not know, I’m hoping that you don’t as a matter of fact (laughter)
SHERRI SHEPHERD: Get ready
JOY BEHAR: What’s the controversial sex book that’s on millions of women’s bedside tables?
JOY BEHAR: He doesn’t know it. Good
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I don’t know that. (LAUGHTER/AUDIENCE APPLAUSE)
JOY BEHAR: Okay, good. Next.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I’ll ask Michelle when I get home (LAUGHTER/AUDIENCE APPLAUSE)
SHERRI SHEPHERD: That is the answer
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I’ll ask Michelle when I get home what’s going on (LAUGHTER/AUDIENCE APPLAUSE)
President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, is the featured guest, TUESDAY, MAY 15 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET) on ABC’s “The View.” President Obama’s exclusive appearance is part of the show’s continuing “Red, White & View” campaign, which is committed to political guests and discussions. President Obama’s interview, taped Monday, May 14, touches on such topics as his administration’s accomplishments, jobs, the economy and family life inside the White House.
President Obama’s historic visit to “The View” on July 28, 2010 was broadcast on ABC on July 29 and marked the first time a sitting United States President had visited a daytime talk show. His appearance ranks as the show’s most-watched broadcast ever in Total Viewers (6.59 million). President Obama was also a featured guest on “The View” in March 2008 and November 2004.
Filled with a recruited audience of self-professed fans of ‘One Life to Live,’ ABC’s daytime talk show, ‘The View’ has unleashed its roster of guests and segments for its tribute show to the long-running soap opera on which will air its final episode just hours later on Friday, January 13, 2012.
Just some of the ‘One Life to Live’ alum scheduled to appear on the special tribute are series creator Agnes Nixon, Judith Light (Karen Wolek), Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), Jim DePaiva (Max Holden), Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan) and Hillary B. Smith (Nora Buchanan). Serving as special co-host will be six-time Emmy Award winner Erika Slezak (Viki Lord). Even more guests are promised to be announced on The View’s website along with ‘surprise’ appearances.
More of the show’s cast from years past will be featured in a special video taped salute. Other segments will include the final cast photograph, a musical montage featuring the show’s most memorable moments, all new interviews with some of the special guest stars and returning cast members and behind-the-scenes footage from the final taping, as well as a sneak peek at the final episode itself.
The hosts of “The View” will introduce the world television premiere performance of the brand new Disney stage musical, “NEWSIES,” adapted from the popular Disney film starring Christian Bale, live, Monday, September 19 at 11 am ET on ABC. Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken, who wrote music for the 1992 motion picture Newsies and has won eight Oscars for such memorable scores as Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Pocahontas, is a featured guest and will help introduce the cast performance medley of both “Santa Fe” and “Seize The Day.” “NEWSIES” is presented by Paper Mill Playhouse.
The musical is based on the 1899 true story of a courageous group of scrappy newsboys who become unlikely heroes when they rally forces to fight an unscrupulous newspaper tycoon.
“NEWSIES” features a book by Harvey Firestein, lyrics by Jack Feldman and music by Alan Menken. Based on the Disney film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White. It is directed by Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli.
“NEWSIES” will premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ, 07041. For tickets and information, please go to www.papermill.org. Performances begin Thursday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. and run through October 16.
Barbara Walters will sit down with Casey Anthony’s lead lawyer Jose Baez in his first network interview since the jury acquitted his client of murder, manslaughter and child endangerment charges yesterday in Orlando, Florida. In a wide-ranging interview, Walters will ask Baez about his courtroom strategy, his client’s demeanor, the reasons he thinks she was found not guilty, how he was ceaselessly second-guessed by trial watchers and the media during the six weeks of testimony, and his newfound fame, among other topics.
Portions of the interview will air tonight on “World News with Diane Sawyer” (6:30 – 7:00 pm ET/PT), “Casey Anthony: Not Guilty” a “Primetime Nightline” Special (10:00 – 11:00 pm ET/PT) and again tomorrow, Thursday, July 7 on “Good Morning America” (7:00 – 9:00 am ET/PT) and “The View” (11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET/PT).
Interview excerpts will also air across ABC News’ platforms, including ABC News Radio, ABC News NOW, ABCNEWS.com, and ABC NewsOne.
Among the guests on the March 4th edition of the ABC morning talkshow, ‘The View,’ were Bambi voice actors Donnie Dunagan and Peter Behn who, as children, provided the voices of Bambi and Thumper respectively.
As opposed to live action films where actors do physically perform together for the most part, in animation, roles are usually performed and recorded separately. This allows for individual lines to be recorded over and over for optimal delivery choices, but inherently doesn’t allow the actors to play off of each other.
As fate would have it, Dunagan and Behn, despite performing in the iconic film seven decades ago and sharing the unique and special bond, had never met face to face until this morning.
Bambi: Diamond Edition has just been released on Disney Blu-ray/DVD.
Photo courtesy of and © ABC
On August 11, 1997, television viewers were introduced to a new and diverse menu of talk, entertainment and lifestyle programming each weekday, as ABC Daytime launched “The View.” The show, originally billed as “ABC Daytime’s lively and informative new talk show,” has flourished into one of the most popular and most talked-about programs, and celebrates its “3000th Show,” live, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET).
CRUMBS Bake Shop has created the official “3000th Show” signature size cupcake that will be sold at all CRUMBS locations, as well as online (www.crumbs.com), beginning September 23 to coincide with its on-air debut during the “3000th Show.”
Nothing is off limits during this one-hour celebration reflecting upon the show’s inception and featuring a spectacular on-air video retrospective set to include memorable moments, unforgettable guests, show “firsts,” all the past and present co-hosts, “surprise guests” and one big ticket audience giveaway. In the days and weeks leading up this momentous occasion, viewers will be treated to segments going back to 1997 (the year “The View” premiered) for a fun, informative and educational peek at the hottest topics, fashions and trends of that year, as well as unique video packages highlighting the show’s “worst” moments and segments (anyone recall the “Pizza Dance”?), according to show producers and staff, and a moving “In Memoriam” tribute.
“The View” features Daytime Emmy Award-winning hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. It’s the original forum in which real women discuss everyday issues, share their opinions and engage in colorful conversations. As mothers (and one grandmother) of varying ages and backgrounds, the hosts of “The View” share a common bond: motherhood. Quick to express their thoughts and experiences with parenting, often clashing and sometimes agreeing on their individual approaches to rearing kids in this ever-changing world, they gift their audience with an assortment of their own “Pearls of Parenting Wisdom.”
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.
They say it’s a man’s world, and normally the opinionated hosts of ABC’s “The View” would strongly disagree. However, they’ve collectively decided to entertain the idea, for one week ONLY, because the five men joining them at the semi-circular “Hot Topics” table on May 17-21 are friends. So, for the first time in the 13-year-history of “The View,” five men will consecutively co-host for the entire hour (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET).
May 17 – Barbara’s friend, Bryant Renfroe (“The View”)
May 18 – Elisabeth’s friend/husband, Tim Hasselbeck (ESPN)
May 19 – Whoopi’s friend, André Leon Talley (“America’s Next Top Model” and Vogue)
May 20 – Sherri’s friend, comedian Vernard “Bone” Hampton (“All About Steve”)
May 21 – Joy Behar’s friend, Mario Cantone (“Sex and the City”)
Bryant Renfroe started work on Barbara Walters’ daytime talk show, “The View,” in 1997 for which he has won seven Daytime Emmy(r) Awards for Outstanding Hairstylist. Renfroe has appeared more than 50 times on “The View,” covering a number of hair related topics, including the best hairstyle to shape your face and how to fix a bad haircut. Renfroe has worked with Barbara Walters for 21 years, including on ABC’s “20/20″ and “The Barbara Walters Specials,” and has traveled with her around the world for her many interviews.
Tim Hasselbeck is an analyst for ESPN (“NFL Live”) and a former professional American football quarterback for the Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles. He is the younger brother of Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle Seahawks) and the son of NFL tight end Don Hasselbeck. Tim is married to his college sweetheart, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and they have three children, Grace, Taylor and Isaiah. Although he was a featured co-host on “The View” on January 28, 2010, when he and his wife swapped jobs, this will be Tim’s first time co-hosting alongside his wife. He has made a total of four appearances on “The View.”
André Leon Talley is the former American editor-at-large for Vogue, listed as contributing editor in the April 2010 masthead, and is currently a judge for “America’s Next Top Model.” For over 25 years, he has been front and center at all the top fashion shows. A mentor to up-and-coming designers and influential in promoting young designers, Out magazine ranked Talley as one of the “50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America” in 2007. He is a member of the board of Trustees from Savannah College of Art & Design, where he also holds an honorary Doctorate of Humanities. Talley has made five prior appearances on “The View,” but this is his first turn as co-host.
Vernard “Bone” Hampton is one of redemptive comedy’s most in-demand funnymen whose comedic smarts know no bounds. Whether working the comedy club circuit, doing his thing at a church gig or making a splash on a hit sitcom, Hampton is a rising comedic gem. On television, he has appeared in primetime shows including “Medium” and “My Name is Earl.” Currently he can be seen in the film “All About Steve.” This marks Hampton’s first guest appearance on the show.
Mario Cantone is a stand-up comedian, actor, singer, writer, film, TV and Broadway star. Probably best known for his break out role as Anthony Marentino from HBO’s hit series “Sex and the City,” Cantone has made a total of 48 appearances on “The View,” more than any other guest. His energetic style and quick acidic wit has long captivated audiences, especially his wide range of eccentric character impersonations, including celebrities Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli, as well as family members. Next up for Cantone is a return to the big screen in this summer’s highly anticipated motion picture, “Sex and the City 2.”
Bristol Palin, the eldest daughter of Todd and Sarah Palin, who has often been a topic of conversation among the hosts of ABC’s “The View,” is confirmed to make her first guest appearance on the show, live, WEDNESDAY, MAY 5 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET) on the ABC Television Network. In July Palin will play herself during a guest spot on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”
Palin, now an abstinence spokesperson, will be promoting The Candie’s Foundation, a non-profit organization hosting numerous events and launching new multi-media campaigns aimed at preventing teenage pregnancy in honor of National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, May 5. The foundation is introducing a free 30-second “Crying Baby” iPhone app featuring a crying baby that cannot be turned off. The app, ending with taglines such as “Now imagine this in the middle of the night,” is aimed at educating teens that a baby is a lifelong commitment. They are issuing a call to action on May 5 to download the app and are aiming to get 100,000 teens to download “Crying Baby.” On May, from 1:00-2:00 p.m., The Candie’s Foundation will host “The Harsh Truth: Teen Moms Tell All,” a panel discussion at the Lighthouse International Conference Center. The town hall style meeting will be moderated by Dr. Drew Pinsky. The panel will feature teen moms, including Bristol Palin, Maci and Farrah; former cast members from MTV’s Teen Mom; and Grecia and Brianda, and teen moms from Redwood City, CA. They will also debut a new television PSA today entitled “Back Talk Baby.” The new PSA takes a humorous approach to reach teens by featuring a talking baby asking his teen mom why she thinks she can go out with her friends and leave him at home. Earlier this year the foundation released a PSA in which Bristol Palin appeared with her son, Tripp, and addressed the difficulties of being a teen mom. The PSA campaigns will appear nationally in schools on Channel One and MTV.
Palin began dating Levi Johnston in 2005. On September 1, 2008, the opening of the Republican Convention, it was announced that Palin was pregnant and engaged to Johnston, the father of her child. Their son, Tripp was born on December 27, 2008. She denied that her mother’s pro-life stance had influenced her decision to give birth and raise her son. They ended their engagement in March 2009 and a custody dispute arose.
David Beckham is synonymous with international soccer. He leaves women panting and crowds chanting. Now, for the first time, he is a featured guest on ABC’s Emmy® Award-winning talk show “The View,” live, Monday, April 26 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET). The announcement was made today by Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, executive producers.
Regarded as one of the world’s premiere soccer players, Beckham plays in midfield for Milan in Serie A, on loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy, though he is currently on the mend after rupturing his Achilles’ tendon. In 2007 his contract with Los Angeles Galaxy was the highest player salary in MLS history. He launched a successful football school, The David Beckham Academy, in both London and Los Angeles. Instantly recognizable, the name David Beckham has provided him celebrity status beyond the playing field, with hundreds of endorsement deals, fragrance lines, merchandise deals, charitable work, films, magazine covers and as a lucrative spokesperson, making him a financially successful entrepreneur. Beckham was called the ultimate “metroxexual” in 2002. He is married to Victoria Beckham, a fashion icon who rose to fame in the 1990s as part of the internationally successful pop group “Spice Girls.” They have three sons and currently reside in California. Victoria Beckham was a first-time co-host on “The View” on 2/17/10, and made her first guest appearance in September 2009. “Posh & Becks,” as they were dubbed by the media, are undoubtedly one of the most photographed and sought-after celebrity couples.
“The View” features Daytime Emmy Award-winning hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. It’s the original forum in which real women discuss everyday issues, share their opinions and engage in colorful conversations.