President Obama charmed the ladies on “The View” yesterday and confidently showed off his command of the big challenges facing the nation today.
But the name Snooki didn’t ring a bell.
“I’m sorry, I don’t know who that is,” the smiling but perplexed President said when asked about the big-haired “Jersey Shore” bombshell, according to several audience members interviewed after the show.
“We all liked that he didn’t know who she was,” said Nella Cerminara, 51, of Montreal.
Obama also revealed that he wasn’t attending Chelsea Clinton’s upcoming wedding, said audience member Bonnie Schneider, 37, of Shamong, N.J.
“Why would you want two presidents there?” Obama said, according to Schneider. The Secret Service would “have to unwrap all the gifts.”
It was one of many light-hearted moments as Obama made history – and caught some flak – by becoming the first sitting President to appear on a daytime talk show. His interview airs today on ABC.
“He was a gentleman, very charming as usual,” co-host Joy Behar said on CNN. “He seems at ease with whomever he is speaking to.”
Obama also seemed unruffled by what Behar called a “pointed question” about jobs from Elisabeth Hasselbeck, an outspoken conservative who sparked outrage on Wednesday’s show by suggesting that older women become lesbians because they can’t land a man.
“The last 20 months has been a non-stop effort to restart the economy,” the President said in a snippet aired by ABC.
But Republicans were the butt of many presidential punch lines.
“This next provision is called the Jersey Shore-Up. It reads: ‘The following individuals shall be excluded from the indoor tanning tax within this bill.’ Snooki, J-WOWW, the Situation, and House Minority Leader John Boehner.”
Verdict: Pants on fire.