Obama Tackles Important Issues on 'The View'

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While President Obama did not discuss the immigration issue during his interview on ABC's "The View" on Thursday, there were plenty of other questions that came up from the women of daytime television.

"How can you and your administration continue to say you're saving jobs when, in fact, you're losing jobs?" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked the president.

"We've gained private sector jobs for the past five months." Obama responded. "Though we were losing jobs when I came in, 750,000 per month, we've now gained jobs in the private sector for five consecutive months."

Before the break, co-host Barbara Walters turned attention to the war in Afghanistan.

"There are only 50 member of Al-qaeda in Afghanistan. Why don't we get out?" she asked.

"War is tough, and I want to point out that when I came in and during the campaign I was very explicit. We are going to end war in Iraq and refocus strategy in Afghanistan cause it's not working," Obama said.

The President spent the entire hour of "The View" fielding questions from the hosts. But it wasn't all about the economy, Afghanistan and the oil spill.

Obama also talked about race relations, what's on his iPod, and his view of what the media chooses to cover.

"The things the media may focus on are not necessarily the things I focus on. I have to sign letters to parents of children who've been killed in Afghanistan, and the husbands and wives of people who've been killed in battle," Obama said. "That gives you a since of perspective that's different that what's going on in cable TV on any given day."

President Obama made television history, in that it was the first time a sitting president appeared on a daytime talk show. He hasn't held a prime time press conference in more than a year.

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