As President Obama fights the lowest approval ratings of his career, he took a dramatic step to boost his Q ratings Thursday by visiting ABC's "The View." In a segment taped Wednesday and broadcast Thursday, the president entertained questions on everything from the war in Afghanistan to Mel Gibson's anger problems. He sparred with the show's resident conservative over his administration's economic policies, and he trashed the media for generating a "phony controversy" that led to former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod's firing.
Speaking before a mostly friendly audience, Obama acknowledged that his time in the White House has been tumultuous. He ticked off crisis after crisis that his administration has faced, from the recession to the Gulf oil spill. While he admitted the nation has gone through a "tough stretch," Obama insisted he's working to make things better.
There was only one brief clash, when resident conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck pushed Obama on why his economic stimulus plan hadn't "saved more jobs." The president offered a full-throated defense of his policies, repeating his claim that had the administration not acted, more jobs would have been lost. Watch:Read More »from Obama courts the ladies of ‘The View’