President Barack Obama to Visit 'The View' This Week

On the mend from heart surgery, Barbara Walters will join the commander-in-chief when he appears on the ABC show on Thursday

This Thursday, for the first time in television history, a sitting U.S. president will visit a daytime talk show when the ladies of ABC's The View make room at the table (or will he kick back on the sofas?) for President Barack Obama. Barbara Walters, on leave from the show since heart-valve surgery in May, will lead the discussion during a one-day return to her moderator chair. (She is scheduled to make her full-time return to the show in September.)

The show is proudly touting the unprecedented VIP visit as part of their "Red, White & View" campaign to give a platform to political issues and guests. And a lively debate could easily be sparked between the commander-in-chief and famously conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

"We are so honored," said Walters in a statement. "The President last appeared on the program in March 2008 while he was still a Senator, and First Lady Michelle Obama was a featured guest cohost in June 2008. This shows that both the President and First Lady feel that our show is an influential and important source of information and news."

The episode will reportedly tape on Wednesday and air on Thursday. A rep for the network says Obama will "touch on topics including his administration's accomplishments, jobs, the economy, the Gulf oil spill and family life inside the White House."

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