NEW YORK—President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama bantered playfully and held hands Monday during a taping of the female-oriented talk show, “The View,” giving no indication of second thoughts about the appearance despite criticism that the president was blowing off international diplomacy in order to take part in the often-fluffy daytime gabfest.
“I told folks I’m just supposed to be eye candy here for you guys,” President Obama said during a back-and-forth about him being the only man on the program. The show’s five co-hosts are women.
The first lady played along by letting the audience in—just a tad—on their relationship and even some of their marital spats.
“He’s very loving, he’s very giving. He’s very open. He’s funny; I’m funnier,” Mrs. Obama said when asked to describe her husband’s personality.
Asked whether her husband ever gets angry, she replied: “Yeah, yeah, he does. I can make him mad — any number of ways.”
“By being thoroughly unreasonable,” the president jumped in, smiling, according to a pool report.
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