Leading up to U.S. President Barack Obama’s guest appearance on “The View”, there were speculations that there could be awkward moments with one of the show’s hosts, Republican supporter Elisabeth Hasselbeck. On Thursday morning, President Obama appeared calm and at ease as he talked about relevant issues and other trivial issues. President Obama talked comfortably before the show hosts, from Shirley Sherrod, race issues to his Blackberry phone.
President Obama knows that he is a target for criticism for appearing on the show. When asked why he picked “The View” to tackle issues of public concern, he simply replied that his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama is a fan of the show.
On his daughters 12-year old Malia and 9-year old Sasha, the president says that they are at the right age wherein “they’re not quite teenagers yet, so they still like you”.
As a youngster, he was confused about his racial identity. He eventually resolved this identity crisis by believing that he is African-American just as others identified him. “If the world saw me as African American, then that was something I needn’t run away from, that’s something that I could go ahead and embrace.”, Obama said.
President Obama also shared that although some feel that he Is going through rough times as the nation’s leader, it is the American population who are suffering that inspire him to keep going through all possible challenges.