NY Daily News -- The First Couple made their first-ever appearance together on ABC’s “The View” to share some light banter — with the unspoken aim of getting women’s votes.
President Obama is officially in New York to speak to a gathering of world leaders Tuesday at the U.N. General Assembly.
The First Lady and him received a friendly reception during a taping Monday of the daytime gabfest, which airs Tuesday. The President — as the lone male guest — even joked that he was the five female hosts’ “eye candy.”
He also gave co-host Barbara Walters, who turns 83 on Tuesday, a gift basket of White House M&Ms, Marine One playing cards and beer.
The Obamas said they’ll be celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary on Oct. 3.
“I like lavishing her with all kinds of attention when she deserves it — and she always deserves it,” the President said of his wife.
But Michelle Obama made it clear they still get testy with one another, adding, “I can make him mad — any number of ways.”
“By being thoroughly unreasonable,” the President shot back with a smile.
But the ladies of “The View” did not let the President get away without getting political — and serious.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the show’s conservative voice, challenged Obama, asking if his policies have failed the middle class.
“Because of the actions we took, we’ve got an auto industry that’s back on top,” Obama responded. “The question now for the American people is, how are we going to move forward?”
The President was also asked whether the deadly rampage on the U.S. Consulate in Libya this month, which killed four Americans, was terrorism-related.
He stopped just short of calling it a “terrorist attack.” A White House spokesman last week described the protest — fueled by an anti-Islam film — in terrorism terms after initial reports indicated it wasn’t preplanned.
“There’s no doubt that the kind of weapons that were used, the ongoing assault, that it wasn’t just a mob action,” Obama said. “What’s clear is that, around the world, there are still a lot of threats out there.”
His controversial remark that Washington can’t be changed from the inside also came up for discussion.
“You are Washington, you’re about as inside as it gets,” Hasselbeck told Obama.
“The idea was you can’t change Washington just from the inside; you’ve got to mobilize the American people,” Obama said. “When ordinary people are engaged and paying attention, that’s when Congress responds.”
Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney seized on the “inside” comment last week, saying the President has failed to live up to his first-term promises.