While world leaders meet in New York, President Barack Obama will head for the comparative political safety of The View, a talk television show starring Barbara Walters and several other adoring hosts.
The move made former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney break a sweat Monday as he attempted to rationalize why Obama decided to skip the gathering of world leaders so he could chat with The View hosts, according to a Fox News report.
Some skeptical media and conservative commentators have had the audacity to say he is politicking with the gals instead of minding presidential business.
"The president's obviously got a busy schedule. He has a busy schedule all the time," Carney said at one point.
However, with Obama’s foreign policy under scrutiny amid international protests against the U.S., Carney avoided giving a direct answer on why Obama was able to fit in 13 one-on-one meetings during last year's summit but couldn’t squeeze one in this year.
Meanwhile, the FBI is warning that Middle East violence could spread to the U.S.
This year Obama is sending Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to handle the meetings as he and first lady Michelle Obama attend a taping of ABC's "The View" Monday.
Some in media say Obama's decision to promote his re-election campaign on the The View, as Iran's president trash-talks the U.S. from New York and deadly protests continue in the Middle East and North Africa, could backfire.