Yesterday The View kicked off their first episode and it seemed pretty tame. Today it was a slightly different story, when the topic of President Barack Obama came up during a segment. Unlike yesterday’s panel, Republican Nicole Wallace and staunch Democrat Rosie O’Donnell got into a semi-heated argument about President Obama’s character.
It started when the panel brought up columnist Charles Krauthammer and his comments on Obama’s alleged narcissism. Krauthammer, a former psychologist, said that the President, “talks like the emperor, Napoleon.”
“I decided when I left psychiatry never to use my authority, but let me just say as a layman, without invoking any expertise, Obama is clearly a narcissist in the non-scientific use of the word. He is so self-involved, you see it from his rise.”
On The View’s segment, Wallace said that Krauthammer was offering up a “semi-expert opinion.”
She continued to agree with Krauthammer on President Obama by comparing him to Vice President Joe Biden.
“I think Joe Biden has an easier time with Congress because Joe Biden genuinely loves people.”
That’s when Rosie O’Donnell decided to interject. O’Donnell, while admitting that she didn’t know who Krathammer was earlier in the segment, asked if Wallace thought President Obama does not “love” people.
Wallace responded, “I don’t think he loves — and he’s talked about not loving the theater side of the job. I’m not saying things that all Democrats disagree with.”
Instead of getting theatrical O’Donnell said “Oh, wow,” and then went into comparing Wallace’s statement to Kanye West saying “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people” after Hurricane Katrina.
“When Kanye West says, ‘I don’t believe President Bush cares about black people,’ it’s like an international incident. But you can say that you don’t think Obama likes people?”
Wallace addressed the comparison about the former president, and said President Bush admitted to being upset over Kanye’s comment. O’Donnell interjected sarcastically, “I know. I think he was very upset in the plane as he flew over Katrina.”
Rosie Perez, another open liberal on the panel, very adamantly disagreed with Wallace’s statement.
“You’re so wrong. You’re so wrong. I met him when he was a senator. He’s actually a very personable person.”
Before things got too out of hand, Whoopi Goldberg told the ladies they had to move on to the next topic of conversation. We guess Goldberg will act as the referee when disagreements get too far out of hand with The View ladies. Although Goldberg is known for also stating her views passionately she usually remains composed while doing so. This is something that O’Donnell lacked during her first go around on the show, but it seems like even Rosie has entered a more peaceful stance on having these political discussions.
Hopefully the ladies can continue to have a productive discourse without becoming too personal.
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