New York: In a rare appearance on a
daytime television talk show, US President Barack Obama has
spoken about the difficulties he faced since assuming office.
"Where do I begin here?" he joked, and then pointed
out that the "last twenty months a non-stop effort to restart
the economy, we have also had the oil spill, we have also had
two wars, we have also had a pandemic -- H1N1 that we had to
Obama`s interview with ABC`s `The View`, hosted by a
panel of women that includes actress Whoopi Goldberg, is the
first time a sitting president has appeared on a daytime
television talk show, the TV channel claimed.
The show was filmed yesterday afternoon in New York
and will be telecast today.
Obama, the first black American president, assumed
office on January 20, 2009.
The president said that economy is on the mend and
that he drew inspiration form the resilience of the American
people who faced the real hardships getting through the rough
waters the US finds itself in.
"You think about what the American people have gone
through losing jobs, seeing their home values go down...those
are the folks who I draw inspiration from because I get
letters every night from them and I read them," Obama said.
The president has discussed jobs, the economy and the
gulf oil spill on the show, according to the White House.
Obama has appeared on the same talk show before when
he was a presidential candidate but some critics have said
doing a interview on a day time show "doesn`t bring dignity to
On a lighter note, Obama said he had enjoyed taking a
weekend vacation in Maine in July with his daughters Malia,
12, and Sasha, 9. He described the trip as the "rose" when
asked to describe the "rose and the thorn of the past few
"We went on bike rides and hikes and the girls are
getting old enough now where they`re not quite teenagers yet,
so they still like you, but they are full of opinions and
ideas and observations and it`s just a great age," he said.