Should the President Have Met With World Leaders Rather Than Appear on 'The View?'

Critics from both the left and the right are slamming President Barack Obama's decision to go on ABC's "The View" while not meeting with world leaders. What do you think?

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?

Michael Robinson September 27, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I think the third wave of feminism passed him by.
Watts September 27, 2012 at 07:31 PM
@David I get a feeling that I could have a field day going through your posts. We certainly can't ignore paranoid David, from the same thread as his comments on feminism: "The revolution is coming.It's closer than you think. Arm yourselves well. The enemy could be your neighbor." You exemplify why people look down their noses at the extreme right wing of this nation. But I don't have time to really take this any further to keep delving into the depth of your ignorance.
Michael Robinson September 27, 2012 at 07:32 PM
A boat dock! David must be educated since he's using social signalling to demean people on the Internet.
David September 27, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Knock yourself out Watts. I have all day. And I never suggested women should only be housewives. But I do believe they should raise their own children or wait until they can before having them. Oh, and the revolution is coming. I'm a prognosticator!
Watts September 27, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Wow, "prognosticator." Was that O'Reilly's "Word of the Day" yesterday?
Watts September 27, 2012 at 07:54 PM
"But I do believe they should raise their own children or wait until they can before having them." So no consideration that the father should have the same responsibility to raise them? Now I am starting to believe that you may at least be retired, because you sound like you must be 100 years old.
David September 27, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Sure. If Mom is working, Dad should raise the kids. Otherwise, Dad should be working to support his family. He can do his part after hours. Or split the duties if Mom works different hours. Who is O'Reilly? I listen to 60's on 6 on XM radio. The TV on my boat gets limited reception. And I only watch ballgames at the sports bar. I am retired. I'm 55.
Watts September 27, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Thanks for the $10! I used to do a lot of research on interpersonal communication through the internet and so far you had played out the classic case of fantasizing an identity. I had copied the communication so far and sent it off to a friend, including my exaggerated bait of calling you 100 years old. The bet was that you would come back with a reasonably believable, rounded to a 5 or 0, early retirement age. Ages that end with 5 are pseudo benchmark ages, especially when discussing social issues like retirement. But thanks for playing along and thanks for the lunch!
JP Frachiseur September 27, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Scott: I really almost want to take your comments as a joke because they are so strung out and far fetched. I mean, honestly how can you say that the only people that support President Obama are terrorist? Is it because a U.S. led air strike on Libya brought detriment to their plan there? Or was in in fact the mass amounts of money that the United States rushes to other countries in the form of cash and munitions to fend off these militant groups? I'm pretty damned sure that these extremist aren't thanking the United States for making their cause harder to reach. That comment was obviously null and has no backing at all. And to tell you the truth it does. Oth g but make you look like a narrow minded, wrong side of the track, Hebron attending bigot that's idea of being cultured is ordering the "south west omelet" at the waffle house. Leave the couch, turn off the television and actually become educated before you throw out horrid statements lke you just did because this doesn't accomplish anything but prove the mullet haveing, snake skin rocking stereotype that the rest of the free world places on us. And you can say all you want about me and my service. I know what I've done, and I know what I've saw. I was running missions out of camp taji Iraq in Baghdad and FOB delta in Al Kut Iraq from 2009-2010 and then went on to run missions all along the airborne valley in the eastern providence of Afghanistan from 2011- June of this current year. (cont below)
Michael Robinson September 27, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I wonder what thesis David will come up with for his imaginary Ph.D.
JP Frachiseur September 27, 2012 at 08:55 PM
So in less than a year I'll be wrapping up 6 years of military service that all started when I was 17, because unlike you and the rest of the majority in Gwinnett county I wanted to see what was outside of the confines of the church and actually do a little free thinking for myself rather than play into everythingnthatni see on FOX news. Thank you sweet baby jesus for making me a liberal, athiest, soldier that has the ability and mental fortitude to overcome the slums that are the standardized education system and that podunk narrow minded babble that is spewed through out those streets.
Michael k September 27, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Forty days before a presidential election a candidate must be spending time making his case to undecided voters. If you read up on undecided voters you might notice that they are also sometimes referred to as low-information voters. If you think about it, it sort of makes sense. The President has been in office for almost 4 years. Governor Romney has been running for president for almost 7 years, if you consider he was a prominent challenger to Senator McCain in the 2008 election. If you are trying to sway undecided, low-information voters where will you make the most impact? Speaking with Benjamin Netanyahu and Mohamed Morsi or speaking with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Whoopi Goldberg?
David September 27, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I retired at 54. Because I could. I'm now 55 and if I make it four more months, I'll be 56. Can't help when my birthday is. My Ph.D. is in International Marketing from Duke University. My undergrad degree and one Masters is in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech. Any other questions I can answer for your guys?
Michael Robinson September 27, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I suppose international marketing and chemical engineering isn't any more bizarre a combo than marketing and network administration. Still doesn't make you intellectually superior.
Ryan Smith (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Okay, I'll jump in here to point out that everyone here is obviously literate and educated, which means you're all capable of reading the terms of service. Don't make personal attacks, and don't use profanity. I've deleted a post that managed to do both in the same sentence. I've left the rest of the thread alone, but I've said this before. Stop it. Adults should be able to discuss differences of opinion without resorting to insults and vulgarity. This is a family site, and insults and vulgarity do not help you make your point.
Michael k September 27, 2012 at 11:29 PM
One more related point to the main topic, why didn't Candidate Romney meet with any world leaders? His campaign has made a point to criticize the President's handling of foreign policy and it might have made him seem more Presidential. I think it might have been an effective contrast to how the President ignored the gathering of world leaders at the UN General Assembly. Still, 40 or so days before the election it may be that the Romney campaign felt that undecided, low-information voters wouldn't pay attention and the time was better spent in Virginia/Ohio/Florida/Wisconsin.
Watts September 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM
@David I did a little more digging through on your posts and have to admit that there is too much consistency of your posting of experiences to say that this education was made up. But likewise, there is a consistency in a lot of ignorance on social issues, as well. Some really odd antiquated views on people (women, especially) that shows a rather primitive perspective from somebody who could attain the level of education that you appear to have. I am similarly advantaged in this society with degrees and accomplishments and you have to admit that even in the deep South, that this type of ideological thinking starts to thin out (almost like climbing above the tree line) as you go up the ladder of enlightenment. So what do you think of your old Duke stomping ground swinging Blue: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444549204578022813911439502.html
NJ4America September 28, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Romney has met with world leaders. Romney has also been to Israel unlike Obama.
David September 28, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I don't live there any more. Actually, I never did as a state resident. I only went to school there for a few years. I can't influence their decisions on how to vote.
John Cook September 28, 2012 at 10:30 PM
As much as we hear the words "Tax the rich" I would think that taxing the rich would result in trillions of dollars in revenue to the government. In actuality, it would result in 700 billion dollars in ten years--that's only 70 billion dollars per year to offset about $1.7 trillion of deficit spending each year, or 17 trillion dollars of deficit over the ten years of his budget.
Watts September 28, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Hate to say it, but that is an excellent point. And for fun, here is the SNL skit on low information voters: http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/undecided-voter/1418227
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew September 29, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Watts There was at least one leader's request that was bypassed and while I don't have access to the President's travel arrangements to post them, the View appearance was frivolous considering the options. But it probably seemed like a better choice for the President so he could get back to Russia on that matter that will be easier to address in his second term... remember?
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew September 29, 2012 at 03:53 AM
A WASTE of time? Really? What golf is more important somehow... Someone should have let President Kennedy know that a few years back. Gee I thought the Sec of State was there to ASSIST the President in his administration's execution of HIS policy on OUR behalf... In other cultures around the world, "assistants" are routinely discounted. But now that I know the President doesn't need to waste time talking DIRECTLY face to face with leaders, lets ground Air-force One.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew September 29, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Actually it's more like this ... WE are damned if he does and damned if he does not.
Mary Jane September 30, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Obama is an intellectual elitist in the same vein as Chamberlain was prior to World War II. Chamberlain helped bring on WWII and Obama is aiding in the onset of WWIII. When the Nuclear weapons start going off in the Middle East, it will definitely affect us.
Mary Jane September 30, 2012 at 01:20 PM
President Obama believes that the average American is too stupid to understand international affiars. That is the reason that his Administration kept lying about the attack on our embassy in Libya. They knew within a day or so that its was a planned terrorist attack that was timed for the anniversary of 9-11. They kept lying to the American people and putting the blame on the trailer of that movie that insulted the Prophet Mohammed. I don't want a President who is a liar and I am sick of the lavish spending that he and his family have on their many vacations since he has been in office.
Bob Christie September 30, 2012 at 01:44 PM
SAG is looking for a handful of talented, extemporaneous scritch--I mean script writers.. Could probably cut and paste most of this stuff and submit posthaste..LOL :), :(, et al & et al forever....
George Wilson October 01, 2012 at 07:59 PM
@Jordan Canu These are both biased sources.Try reading the New York Times and watching MSNBC for balance and other view points.
Sharon Swanepoel October 01, 2012 at 08:13 PM
George is there such a thing as an unbiased source anymore?
Chris October 01, 2012 at 08:46 PM
George forgot to mention NBC. If they don't like the facts, they have an excellent editing staff.


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