President Obama today drew criticism from several media groups as well as House Majority Leaderfor skirting a one-to-one meeting with any of the world leaders gathered in New York for the annual UN General Assembly to take time out for an appearance on ABC’s "The View" and discuss personal issues.
On Tuesday, President Obama and First Lady ABC’s “The View”, a talk show with several female hosts. The president talked about how he would like to spend his time in the future, his upcoming wedding anniversary, whose date collides with the date of the first presidential debate, the first lady’s intensions for running for the office and a bit on economy and foreign policy.were guests on
However, critics believe it’s irresponsible on the part of the president to give up the opportunity to talk to the world leaders who are in the United States as part of the UN festivities and also for not holding any press conference since June.
“The president’s unwillingness to meet with Bibi Netanyahu when he is in New York but instead willing to go on the ‘The View’ in New York – I mean, I think it speaks volumes to the lack of seriousness with which the president is taking the current situation,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R) of Virginia in a Monday conference call organized by the Romney campaign, according to a report by CS Monitor.
Similarly, Reuters and Associated Press, who are no right wing rags, were equally puzzled by the president’s move. Press noted that both President George .W Bush in 2004 and President Bill Clinton in 1996 were busy holding meetings with foreign leaders during their re-election periods, but President Obama chose to make time for “The View”, “a freewheeling TV talk show more likely to reach voters than Obama would with the diplomacy he is skipping at the United Nations. Just six weeks until the election, the realities and priorities of campaign politics hang prominently over Obama’s final turn on the world stage before facing voters.”
Highlighting the simmering global crisis, Reuters noted that the president appears too eager to jump back on the campaign trial when he can spend his time on building stronger relationship with the rest of the world.