Originally Posted by MiddleAgedAl
If you have limited time to do 2 of 3 things, which 2 should a President do?
1. Spend time with kids
2. Work on fostering relationships with congressmen
3. Make time to have interviews with Nancy O'Dell of E.T., and Whoopi Goldberg.
Which of those 3 would the taxpayers expect you to cut out ? Even if you think the role of Dad usurps the role of President, you cant argue that Barbara Walters or the video equivalent of "People Magazine" usurps the role of President....
Those are false choices. If you are president and you can manage to do all 3 then that's what you do, there is no conflict. A president's job is to reach and communicate with constituents through various mediums. The shows you mentioned have large female audiences. It's an election year. Women are a core constituency for the president and he is smart to reach them through shows like E.T. and The View. Every living president before him has done TV talk shows while in office. It's no big deal.