President Barack Obama appears more comfortable sharing "The View's" famed couch with the show's five female hosts than Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
The show announced Thursday both the president and first lady Michelle Obama will appear on the couch next Tuesday in an interview to be taped Monday. The president and the first lady have appeared a number of times on the couch individually but next week's interview marks the couple's first joint interview on the show.
Romney called the ABC morning talk show "high risk" in a secretly recorded video taken at a high-dollar fund-raiser in May pointing to the political affiliations of the co-hosts which includes only one conservative. Since the release of the videos, however, Romney has agreed to appear on the couch in October as announced by Elisabeth Hasselbeck on the show Wednesday. Romney also appeared on "The View" in 2010.
"'The View' is high risk because of the five women on it. The other four are sharp tongued and not conservative, Whoopi Goldberg in particular," Romney told donors in Boca Raton, Florida earlier in the summer adding "Although the last time I was on the show, she said to me, 'You know what? I think I could vote for you.' And I said, 'I must have done something really wrong.'"
Romney also said in the video he's also staying away from the comedy show "Saturday Night Live" "because you want to show that you are fun and you're a good person, but you also want to appear presidential."
Romney was critical of "The View" in the video, which was posted by the liberal magazine Mother Jones to its website earlier this week. The resulting firestorm of criticism came primarily from Democrats but some from Romney's own party. Also among the candidate's remarks that stirred controversy were comments about nearly half of the population automatically supporting the president because they are dependent on the government and consider themselves victims as well as his perceived advantage in the race if he were of Hispanic descent.
Ann Romney will also hit the talk show circuit, appearing on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" next Tuesday.