There has been some criticism of the president for missing opportunities to meet with world leaders, but not missing opportunities to appear on popular talk shows. The most recent instance was Tuesday when he and the first lady appeared on ABC’s “The View.”
CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer said he thought that President Barack Obama may have made a “misstep” by choosing the ladies of "The View" instead of the traditional meetings with world leaders in town for the United Nations' Convention.
“I do think there is potentially a missed opportunity this week for the President of the United States to meet with world leaders,” Blitzer reportedly said.
Others have been far more critical, calling it a lack of leadership at a time when leadership from the United States is sorely needed. The New York Post reports that House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) called Obama’s decision to go on “The View” as a “lack of willingness to lead in times of trouble.”
While the Obamas were chatting with the ladies of “The View,” White House spokesman Jay Carney was grilled by reporters as to why the president chose not to include meetings with world leaders on his schedule. Carney said the president has had extensive telephone conversations with leaders where there has been unrest of late.
So what do you think? Was skipping meetings with world leaders yet finding time for a taping of “The View" a misstep by the president, or are telephone conversations with world leaders all that is necessary?