Katie Couric's Notebook: Obama on "The View"


One of my Facebook friends named Guthrie posted a message on my page today, asking if I think it's beneath President Obama to appear on "The View."

Guthrie, my answer is no.

It's not beneath the President...or any politician...to try to reach out to all Americans, especially when our nation is facing so many challenges.

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell said the president should stick to "serious shows," but it isn't about Whoopi's banter or Joy's barbs...it's about the audience. At a time when unemployment is near 10 percent and consumer confidence is falling, daytime television viewers may be exactly who President Obama needs to reach.

Many of those women...and men...are home caring for their children...worrying about aging parents...or circling want ads looking for a job.

Now, the onus is on the guest and the hosts...to deliver the kind of serious discussion those viewers deserve...about the issues that matter most.

That's a page from my notebook.

I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.