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Ten Questions for 'The View" ladies to ask President Obama (Somebody twitter Hasselbeck.)

President Barack Obama will make an appearance on ‘The View,” taped on Wednesday to air on Thursday. Chances are, the ladies will fawn all over him again. Maybe someone can twitter Elisabeth Hasselbeck so that a few legitimate questions are asked.

Rush Limbaugh had this take:

RUSH: I forgot to mention this, ladies and gentlemen, President Obama feels the need to get his approval numbers up out there, and part of the effort to get his approval numbers up, he is going to appear on The View Thursday morning. They’re going to tape it on Wednesday. This is the first time ever an American president has ever appeared on daytime television. This is worse than going on a soap opera. He’s not going on as an actor. He’s going on as himself. I’m going to send Maude Behar some knee pads, because she is going to need ’em for the Obama appearance.

Here goes.

1. YOU LAUGHED AT OUR ABC COLLEAGUE GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS WHEN HE SAID THAT HEALTH CARE WOULD BE A TAX, YET YOUR LAWYERS ARE NOW ARGUING IN COURT THAT IT IS A TAX. WILL YOU APOLOGIZE TO GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS FOR HIS BEING RIGHT?
This is quite important, not only because health care is so important, but because an ABC colleague was lied to. Any journalist at ABC would ask this question.

2. YOU SAID THAT YOU REGRETTED THAT THE LOCKERBIE BOMBER WAS RELEASED, BU IT NOW APPEARS THAT YOU COULD HAVE PREVENTED IT, OR AT LEAST PUBLICLY ISSUED A FORCEFUL STATEMENT. WILL YOU LOOK IN THE CAMERA AND TELL THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS THAT YOU MESSED UP? WHY DIDN’T YOU CONSULT WITH THEM FIRST AND EVERY STEP OF THE WAY?
Releasing a mass murderer on “compassionate” grounds because of a phantom illness, and covering it up. Nah, no one will grill our president on it.

3. DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT THE ARIZONA LAW RACIALLY PROFILES AGAINST SOMEONE GETTING AN ICE CREAM CONE? WHY IS THERE NO MENTION OF RACIAL PROFILING IN THE LAWSUIT, IF THAT WAS YOUR OBJECTION? AND WHY ARE YOU GOING AFTER ARIZONA–WHO IS MIRRORING FEDERAL LAW–INSTEAD OF GOING AFTER SANCTUARY CITIES THAT VIOLATE THE LAW?
Like “The View” ladies are gonna ask about the Arizona law. Still, they should.

4. THE BRITISH HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS IN SHAMBLES. WHY DID YOU MAKE A RECESS APPOINTMENT OF DONALD BERWICK WHEN THE SENATE WAS PROMPTLY CONSIDERING HIS NOMINATION? ARE YOU AWARE THAT BERWICK PRAISES THE BRITISH NATIONAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AS WONDERFUL, AND SAYS THAT A HEALTHCARE SYSTEM MUST–MUST–REDISTRIBUTE WEALTH. DO YOU AGREE WITH DONALD BERWICK?
Solid question, one that could be asked at a press conference that the president doesn’t hold.

5. DO YOU THINK THAT THE STIMULUS IS WORKING AND WE’RE ON OUR WAY TO RECOVERY? DON’T YOU REALIZE THAT WE ARE WAY OVER THE UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS THAT WERE PROMISED? CAN YOU TELL US WHAT UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS WE CAN EXPECT IN SIX MONTHS OR A YEAR UNDER THIS SO-CALLED RECOVERY?
Yeah, like ‘The View” ladies are gonna grill him on the crappy economy. Someone has to.

6. DO YOU AGREE WITH THE NAACP THAT THE TEA PARTIES ARE RACIST? IF YOU DO AGREE, CAN YOU CITE ANY RACIST EXAMPLES? ALSO, WHY DID YOU CALL SHIRLEY SHERROD WITHIN 24 HOURS, WHILE IT TOOK YOU TWO MONTHS TO MEET WITH THE HEAD OF BP?
Hot topic.

7. DO YOU LIKE THE BUSH TAX CUTS, OR DO YOU THINK THEY SHOULD EXPIRE, MAKING 2011 THE YEAR OF THE OBAMA TAX INCREASES? DON’T YOU REALIZE THAT MANY PEOPLE WITH INCOMES OVER $250,000 OWN SUBCHAPTER S CORPORATIONS, AND HIGHER TAXES WILL KILL THEIR SMALL BUSINESSES IN A TERRIBLE ECONOMY? DO YOU AGREE WITH THE GROWING NUMBER OF DEMOCRATS WHO ARE WILLING TO EXTEND HE BUSH TAX CUTS?
Timely question, certain to be asked at a press conference (whenever he holds one).

8. DO YOU SUPPORT MANDATORY PUBLIC SERVICE FOR YOUNG CITIZENS, AS CHARLES RANGEL HAS INTRODUCED? HOW LONG IS APPROPRIATE–TWO YEARS? WHAT KIND OF NON-MILITARY WORK WOULD THEY BE DOING? DO YOU THINK THIS INFRINGES UPON A CITIZEN’S LIBERTY AND PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS? AND WHAT DID YOU MEAN WHEN YOU SAID THAT WE NEEDED A CIVILIAN FORCE, JUST AS STRONG AS THE MILITARY AND JUST AS WELL-FUNDED?
Like Obama’s two kids are gonna be cleaning trash for two years without pay.

9. DO YOU SUPPORT A FREE MEDIA AND A FREE INTERNET? IF YOU DO NOT, WHAT RESTRICTIONS DO YOU SUPPORT? DO YOU SUPPORT MEDIA SUBSIDIES, AS THE FREE PRESS HAS PRESENTED TO THE FCC? DO YOU THINK FOX NEWS SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN? DO YOU THINK GLENN BECK SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN? DO YOU SUPPORT THE BOYCOTT OF GLENN BECK’S ADVERTISERS?
Glenn Beck thinks that control of the media is the next step. Alex Jones (though I often disagree with him) talks about this very often. Obama should at least be on the record, even if we can’t trust his words.

10. FINALLY, DO YOU THINK IT’S APPROPRIATE PLAYING SO MUCH GOLF AND GOING ON SO MANY VACATIONS, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOUR COUNTRY IS SUFFERING? WHY DIDN’T YOU VISIT NASHVILLE WHEN IT WAS FLOODED? WHY DIDN’T YOU VISIT PROVIDENCE WHEN IT WAS FLOODED? WHY DID YOU CONTINUE TO PLAY GOLF? YOU SAID THAT YOU ARE NOT FAR ABOVE THE AVERAGE AMERICAN AND YOU UNDERSTAND THE SUFFERING, BUT DON’T YOU HAVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS? WOULD YOU CARE TO GUESS HOW MANY ROUNDS OF GOLF THE AVERAGE AMERICAN PLAYS?
It’s rumored that the wife and kids are going to Spain. Wonderful.

QUESTIONS THEY’LL ACTUALLY ASK:
How do you stay so thin?
How do you deal with the stress?
What do you think of LeBron James going to Miami instead of Chicago?
What “enchants” you most about being president?