Obama on The View: Snooki Who?

July 29, 2010 By:
Obama on The View: Snooki Who?

The View got its most famous guest star today--the President of the United States. Barack Obama stopped by the show to chat with the ladies because "it's the only show Michelle watches," to talk about the B.P. oil spill, Mel Gibson, Lindsay's jail stint and Snooki. Yes, Snooki.

Obama was placed in the hot seat for the "lightening round," in which Joy Behar asked him a series of questions about pop culture. He did surprisingly well--which is a little scary.

Joy asked Obama if he knew if Lindsay Lohan is in jail to which he responded, "I actually know that, yes."

When asked if he thinks Mel Gibson needs anger management he seemed really hesitant to answer. "I … I …," the President stuttered and then joked, "Let me answer the Afghanistan question!" He informed the panel he "hadn't seen the tapes."

"Should Snooki run as mayor of Wasilla?" Behar asked. Obama, laughing, responded, "I gotta admit, I don't know who Snooki is."

According to Gawker, Obama made a Snooki reference just a few months ago during the White House Press Correspondents Dinner. He made a joke about a health care provision named in honor of Jersey Shore.

"It [the provision] reads, 'The following individuals shall be excluded from the indoor tanning tax within this bill: Snooki, JWOWW, The Situation and House minority leader John Boehner.'"

So did his speechwriter write the joke and it passed Obama by? Or is he pretending he doesn't know who Snooki is because--well--it's embarrassing?

Thankfully Snooki and Lindsay weren't the only subjects the President talked about. He also discussed unemployment with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and racism with Whoopi Goldberg.