President Obama Fits in The View During UN General Assembly
It's the presidential TV appearance that's causing a firestorm. The president and first lady appeared on The View and gave Barbara Walters a gift basket to mark her 83rd birthday, and chatted and joked with the hosts.
So what's the problem?
Well, critics say that instead of turning on the charm on The View, the president should have been meeting with world leaders gathered in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.
And there's a lot more controversy swirling around the U.N. meeting. Protestors have taken over the sidewalk outside the Warwick Hotel in midtown Manhattan, where Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is staying. He's got his own private entrance and combined security from Iranian agents, United States Secret Service agents and the NYPD.
But with all that security—get this—headquarters for the protestors is actually inside the hotel in one of the same luxury rooms Ahmadinejad is occupying.
Ahmadinejad has also caused uproar by giving a peace sign in the U.N. chamber amid fears that Iran is on the verge of developing a nuclear bomb.
Ahmadinejad's controversial gesture at the United Nations is making front-page news. The New York Post used the photo of him giving the peace sign, along with the headline "Peace of [blank]."
The New York Daily News calls the Iranian president "Vile."
President Obama did speak at the U.N. Tuesday and denounced Iran's nuclear ambitions. Obama said, "The United States will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."
Mitt Romney is also in New York. He spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative and joked about President Clinton's powerful speech at the recent Democratic convention.
"If there's one thing we've learned from this election season, it's that a few words from Bill Clinton can do a man a lot of good," said Romney.