President Barack Obama faced much criticism for appearing Thursday on ABC's "The View," with critics complaining that it was beneath the office, and many media outlets erroneously reporting that he was the first sitting president to do a daytime TV show.
Thursday night, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart first joked that "The View" is "a daily show about the misadventures of the world's unluckiest couch," but then -- in all seriousness -- added, "It's actually a popular Emmy award winning chat show that allows the president to speak directly to a particular cross section of the American people which is why as you can imagine the press threw a sh*t fit."
"I don't think it looked very presidential," said one pundit on CNN.
"It's telling that he goes to cry on the shoulders of the sympathetic women of the view," said Michelle Malkin on Fox.
"I think there's got to be a little bit of dignity to the presidency," said Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) on MSNBC.
But Obama is not the first president to appear on a daytime talk show. President George W. Bush and Laura Bush appeared on "Dr. Phil" in 2004. "Do you idiots have any short term memory at all?" wondered Stewart.
It was Fox News that offered the sharpest criticism of the President. Pundits on the conservative network claimed that Obama had snubbed the Boy Scouts of America to go on "The View."
"It's the 100 year anniversary of the Boy Scouts but instead of honoring the future leaders of our country President Obama sat down with the ladies of 'The View,'" Fox News' Gretchen Carlson announced Thursday.
"Nothing Obama does will ever make you f*cking happy," observed Stewart.
This video is from Comedy Central's The Daily Show, broadcast July 29, 2010.