updated 07/29/2010 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/29/2010 AT 1:00 PM ET
Between fielding questions about the economy, Afghanistan, and racial tensions in the U.S., President Barack Obama got down to the important stuff on The View Thursday: the alleged rants of Mel Gibson, the jail term of Lindsay Lohan and Jersey Shore’s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi – and the burning question of should she run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.
Quizzed by Joy Behar in a “lightening” round, Obama was asked if he knew if Lohan is in jail. “I actually know that, yes,” the President responded.
But Snooki stumped him. “Should Snooki run as mayor of Wasilla?” Behar asked. Obama, laughing, responded, “I gotta admit, I don’t know who Snooki is.”
On his final question, the Chief Executive was thrown – or simply being diplomatic – when Behar inquired if he thought Gibson needs “anger management.”
“I I ,” the President stuttered and then joked, “Let me answer the Afghanistan question!” He informed the panel he “hadn’t seen the tapes.”
Obama, who has two young daughters, Sasha and Malia, said he’d met Justin Bieber and thought he was “a very nice young man.”
On a more serious note, the President discussed unemployment with the conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck and racism with Whoopi Goldberg. Ultimately, he said, he remains optimistic the economy will improve, and acknowledged that “I’m not perfect, my administration’s not perfect.”
Obama also touched on the fact he was not invited to Chelsea Clinton’s wedding and said that when the time comes he also intends to keep Sasha and Malia’s weddings private – and therefore probably wouldn’t be inviting any of the ladies on The View.