Barack Obama became the first ever sitting President to make an appearance on a daytime talk show Wednesday (July 28) when he recorded his guest spot on television’s The View.
Barbara Walters rejoined her co-hosts on the couch following her heart surgery, to welcome the President back on the show.
Here’s a brief transcript that was posted online from Thursday’s episode:
BARBARA WALTERS: We all remember that day. This is a historic day for The View — we are honored to welcome the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Thank you, thank you. Thank you very much. This is fun.
BW: Well, we hope so. But you know — you’ve gone through a little bit of a beating the last month. Do you really think that being on a show with a bunch of women — five women who never shut up — is going to be calming?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Look, I was trying to find a show that [First Lady] Michelle [Obama] actually watched — and so I thought this is it, right here. All those new shows she’s like “Eh, let me get the clicker.”
BW: Have you ever watched us?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Of course.
BW: No kidding?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Of course. Well, this is the second time I’ve been on now.
BW: That’s right. That doesn’t mean you have to watch it.
WHOOPI GOLDBERG/JOY BEHAR/SHERRI SHEPHERD/ELISABETH HASSELBECK/BW : The third time!
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: Actually I think it’s the third time. You did the book first, I wasn’t here, but I heard. You did the book first and then when you were running — and now sir, here you are, as President of the United States of America!