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Meghan McCain Says Obama Should Stop Talking About Pop Culture

Should Obama Stop Talking About Pop Culture?

Obama sat in the pop culture hot seat yesterday with the ladies of The View. Does he know Lindsay Lohan's in jail? Yup. What does he think of Mel Gibson? He'd rather talk Afghanistan. And his opinion on Snooki? Who's Snooki again? The president proved he knows a little bit about the more shallow news that deeply saturates the media; but he's not too hip with the fluffy stuff — he has a day job after all.

Meghan McCain thinks that despite his spotty record on Jersey Shore, the president spends too much time talking about pop culture considering all the problems in the world. She writes:

We live in scary times during which unemployment continues to rise, we just surpassed day 100 of the worst oil spill in history, and, this week, the largest leak of classified information in American history was released about the war in Afghanistan. I don’t care what the president currently has downloaded on his iPod.

Obama spends a lot more time dealing with the crises Meghan mentions than he does cracking dorky jokes. And as the daughter of John McCain, she clearly has a bias. But do you think she also has a point that his lighthearted moments are inappropriate for these times?

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AnaMC AnaMC 7 years
I don't see the big deal. What is so wrong about that? To me its smart. It's a way to connect with his people other than the usual presidential activities. Good for him. McCain and Palin should stay quiet because they will show up sometime this year to discuss their projects, too. Hypocritical much?
RunningNina RunningNina 7 years
He went on The View because Michelle Obama likes The View and watches it every morning she is able to.
stephley stephley 7 years
Gosselin's been on the morning news shows, so have all kinds of horrible people - after their news segments in the first hour, those shows do all kinds of ridiculous things. The View (which I never watch - I'm at work and generally don't like shows like this) is a women driven conversation show - a lot of it is silly, but in all honesty, I doubt their conversations are much sillier than most peoples'; Barbara Walters was there yesterday and like her or not, she is a journalist with some serious legitimate credentials.
Studio16 Studio16 7 years
I had heard about Bush popping in to see the good Dr. Phil! That's even worse than The View in my opinion. stephley, I know that they do all of that, but still, The View? There are other ways he could have connected. There are other morning shows, there are news shows, there are journalists he could have been interviewed by. I was just talking about this to my mom - Kate Gosselin appeared on The View. I'd like to think Obama is better than her. (Scratch that, I know he's better than her.)
stellaRuby stellaRuby 7 years
I would like him to stop talking, period.
stephley stephley 7 years
Why wouldn’t the President of the United States want to speak to “bored, frumpy housewives”? Bored, frumpy housewives vote don’t they? Bored, frumpy housewives are the ones who have to figure out how to stretch household budgets as the cost of everything goes up. Bored, frumpy housewives send their children to schools, and to war… how is it in any way degrading to the office of the President to speak to them? Frankly, after 8 years of having an out of touch president, I’m in no way bothered to know that President Obama pays attention to the world the rest of us live in.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
First thing I thought of was, "Wait, Meghan, isn't your dad the one Twittering with Snooki?" If she's going to point fingers, it's only fair to point them at Daddy, too -- unless, ahem, it's something not worth pointing fingers about, as I'm sure both the prez and Senator McCain are busy with more important matters.
elramos elramos 7 years
I don't see what the big deal is. Do people really think he is sitting around watching TV all day? People will find any reason to complain. When he starts talking about pop culture during a national presidential speech, maybe then we can get worried.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Great point, SKG! Really, the thing that annoys me most is that while every republican I know (not just Meghan McCain) is talking about how Obama's appearance on The View was somehow demeaning to the Presidency, they're apparently fine with John McCain and Sarah Palin using twitter and facebook like 15 year old girls (no offense to 15 year old girls), and, previously, George W. Bush going on Dr. Phil. I would really like someone to explain to me WHY his going on the view "belittles the office of the President of the United States." I don't think The View is any worse than Saturday Night Live, but I guess the Republicans can't complain about that since McCain and Palin also made an appearance. Do they honestly not see the hypocrisy?
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I actually think talking about non-Presidential stuff helps the people connect with him. He's a human being and some people expect him to be a God-like figure. Plus, it wasn't Obama who brought up the Pop Culture stuff, it was the ladies on The View asking those questions. I was actually impressed that he didn't comment on the Mel Gibson issue, it was a trap. :P
kismekate kismekate 7 years
I'm confused. My take on the interview was the he knew close to zero about pop culture. He said he would rather talk about Afghanistan because he had no idea what they were referring to when it came to Mel Gibson. He said, "I haven't seen one of his movies in a long time..." when the word "tapes" was mentioned. He also has two young daughters which is probably where he was filled in about the Lohan situation. I was very comforted by the fact that he knew nothing that was going on -- it made me want to punch the ladies of The View even more for asking such obnoxious questions to the freaking PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I agree with Betty and Chloe.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I find this to be incredibly hypocritical on her part. Her father is a US Senator who communicates with Snooki via twitter. As one of only one hundred U.S. Senators, shouldn't he be spending a little more time addressing all the problems she listed? She and the other republicans are all over Obama for making a few pop culture references - could you imagine what they would do if he actually got on Twitter and replied to Snooki's tweets? Bottom line: she's just bitter because Obama defeated her father and deprived her of all the fame and privileges that would have come with being the first daughter.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Having a vague knowledge of pop culture means he's in touch with Americans and what they hold dearest. It's rare that he mentions it, so I don't think it's a big deal. Interesting how it's 50-50 now, I'll have to remember to check back and see if that changes. Though like I said on this topic the other day, I would have rather he went on a more politically serious show.
Studio16 Studio16 7 years
Like le romantique, I'm just in the middle. I'm a fairly liberal Republican, so while I don't adore the man, I don't hate him. I'm not going to bash him for every little move that he makes, because being the president is a hard job! Though I will say, The View is not an appropriate show for the President of the United States to appear on. When I think of the demographics of The View, I think of bored, frumpy housewives. (I hope nobody takes offense to that, because I know that's not the majority of their demographics. I was simply stating that's what I think of them.) Seriously, Kate Gosselin has appeared on this show. Not only do I like Obama better than her, I hold him to a higher standard. If he wanted to be on a morning show, he could have, at the very least done The Today Show or Good Morning America. The View was a publicity ploy, but it's not one he should have made.
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
Although I believe that he himself is a pop culture icon, I don't think The View was appropriate. His "fans" are going to love him either way. I'm still on the fence. I don't LOVE him (like the majority of my friends do) but I don't have anything against him, either.
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