It's still too early to make any comfortable predictions about the presidential election in November, but President Barack Obama has moved ahead of Mitt Romney in the competition to get some campaign-season face time on "The View."
The chief executive and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, will make their first joint appearance on "The View" later this month, ABC said Thursday. The episode will tape on Monday, Sept. 24 and air the following day. Their interview with Barbara Walters and crew will touch on their relationship, family life inside the White House and the election.
Both the president and the first lady have appeared separately on "The View" in the past. Walters said that the couple's first joint appearance on the talk show "marks a significant milestone."
Obama's rival for the presidency, meanwhile, will have to wait a little longer for his moment to shine in the "View" spotlight. Show co-host and lone conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck announced Wednesday that former Massachusetts governor Romney plans to appear on the show next month.
Perhaps Romney just wants to let the heat die down a little bit before stepping onto the stage. Hasselbeck's announcement came shortly after a leaked videotape hit the web, showing Romney writing off 47 percent of the nation as "dependent on government" and the "View" hosts as "sharp-tongued." (Romney, who made the remarks during a meeting with donors, described the show itself as "high-risk.")