Thursday marks either a momentous occasion worthy of celebration or the end of civilization as we know it. For the first time in history, a sitting United States president will appear on a daytime talk show when Barack Obama joins the ladies of "The View" for what promises to be some rigorous policy talk — or a gabfest that will embarrass both daytime television (if that's possible) and the office of the president.
Before you accuse me of harboring some holier-than-thou, self-righteous indignation over the fact that our commander in chief will sit alongside three comediennes, a reality show star, and Barbara Walters to hawk his political wares to stay-at-home moms, just consider the following.
We are still fighting two increasingly trying wars overseas, witnessing terrifying new levels of creativity from would-be terrorists (underwear bombs, etc.), mopping up a greasy mess in the Gulf of Mexico, and trying to right an economy that seems insistent on remaining off the rails. And the so-called leader of the free world thinks the best use of his time is to yuk it up with Whoopi Goldberg.
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