Ann Romney entered the hostile territory of The View yesterday and was greeted by
a confrontational Whoopi Goldberg. Unlike Michelle Obama, Ann was met by questions on abortion and Mormonism.
"I'm watching the highlights of The View and I thought to myself, this is crazy," Glenn said of Whoopi's comments on the faith.
Here is the exchange between Goldberg and the potential First Lady:
Whoopi: As First Lady if you get the job, it's going to entail a lot of things, and one of those things is going to be talking to the mothers whose children are coming home in bags, you know, from wars. Now, I know ‑‑ I believe that your religion doesn't allow you to go fight?
Ann: No, that's not correct.
Whoopi: Okay. So ‑‑
Ann: We have many, many members of our faith that are serving in armed services.
Whoopi: Okay. Well, I say that because when I read about your husband, what I had read, and maybe you can correct this, is that the reason that he didn't serve in Vietnam was because it was against the religion. That's what we ‑‑ that's what I read.
Ann: No, that's not ‑‑ that's not correct.
Clearly The View co-host didn't bother doing any research prior to her interview with Ann Romney. But even if you try to give her the benefit of the doubt and think, 'maybe she was just trying to be fair and balanced,' if you look back at previous segments The View has done with the current First Lady, Michelle Obama, that is obviously not the case.
And that's exactly what Glenn and Pat did this morning on radio.
Last Spring, Michelle Obama made a solo stop on The View, so Glenn and Pat decided to pull the first ten questions/follow-up statements, from each interview: Ann Romney's and Michelle Obama's.
"Let's see if we can detect any discernible difference in the way the two ladies are treated here," Glenn said. "Because that should, should, speak volumes."
"I mean, there's no better example than comparing apples to apples," Pat responded. "You have two, one is a First Lady, the other is a potential First Lady, and they've both been on the exact same show. And so how are they each treated?"
"Right," Glenn answered, "so let's look at the questions — just, the questions, not the answers. Let's look at the questions of the ladies on The View."
They started with the First Lady's interview:
1. Barbara Walter's asks, "In an interview just recently, you said, and I quote, that you are sometimes unsure if you are a classic First Lady and if the things you do are okay. So why do you feel this way and who is your idea of a classic First Lady?"
2. Referring to her not being a "typical First Lady" Walters asks, "Do you say to yourself maybe I've gone too far [from being a typical first lady]."
3. (Glenn notes that #3 is "technically not a question." but it does set up the next one.) "You're very popular, too, you know. So it's working. You're very popular," Joy Behar.
4. "We've talked about this before because your husband is our first black president, you are our first black First Lady. Do you think in this campaign which is getting fairly ugly that racism is still going to be a part of it?"
5. "I wonder if you are as upset as people like me?" Joy asked next.
6. "When he's getting these attacks that people don't believe he was born here, all sorts of lies are out there. What do you do?"
7. "What the president does for the world, but I heard that he does something special for you at night. President Obama, your husband, he tucks you in at night."
Number 8 comes from Elizabeth Hasselbeck, so it will be tough, right? Wrong.
8. "Obviously there's a lot of political pressure, but as a family how do you talk to the girls now? Because they're older, their perspective's probably a little different than it was four years ago. What do you say to them about practically what could, what could not happen, moving into November? Do you talk about it?"
9. Whoopi asks the hard-hitting question about the president, "Does he tease you?"
10. "I'll ask you, because we do want to have time to talk about the gardens and so but there have been rumors that if the president is not reelected or even in the future that you might consider running for political office?"
You can watch Michelle Obama on The View here:
So… not exactly a brutal interview. It didn't consist of a lot of controversial topics and everyone seemed very happy, nice, and excited to be involved.
Now lets take a look at Ann's:
1. "So we have been talking primarily about the women's issues and one of the things with your husband was that when he was a governor, he was pro choice and now is against abortions except in the case of rape and incest and the life of the mother. I wonder where your views are. Were you the same way when he was a governor?"
2. "Have you changed?"
So, Barbara Walter's started the interview of on the friendly topic of …abortion? Really? Clearly, there's no bias here.
3. "Let me ask you something to the economic point: Do you think that access to contraception and abortion is an economic issue as I was saying in the hot topics?"
4. "So, as First Lady, if you get the job, umm, it's going to entail a lot of things, and one of those things is going to be talking to the mothers whose children are coming home in bags, you know, from wars. Now I know your religion doesn't allow you to go fight?"
Incorrect, hostile, and somewhat offensive.
5. I had read, and maybe you can correct this, is that the reason that he didn't serve in Vietnam was it because it was against the religion?
6. When you're facing these mothers whose children have not come back, how will you explain to them that your sons haven't gone when you talk about the missions that they've gone on?"
"I don't know. They might handle it the same way Michelle Obama does whose husband didn't serve," Pat reacted.
The softball questions should be coming any moment now…
7. We had a lot of people during the convention who talked about the compassion of your family and the compassion of your husband. We're going to get to you, Josh, because your brother said that ‑‑ I think he said he would like to take a swipe or a swap or a punch or something — swing at president. So I want to know how you ‑‑ we all want to know how you feel. So you think you're going to have an easy ride here?
"Okay. So that's a threat to Josh who's sitting in the audience watching his mother. And so she takes a swipe now at him," Pat said. "Now your brother said he was going to take a swing at the president."
8. "So Ann, we mention Josh before is the audience here, son who actually has five kids of his own, four sons, one little girl Grace, right? Adorable. I know that there's been some sort of, like, family intervention in terms of campaign, new stuff that's going on. You're involved. What are those? And then also, do you have aspirations of a political career at all?"
9. "I know you've [Ann and Mitt] been together, what, 43 years of marriage? That is exceptional. And a bunch of grandkids as Barbara mentioned. There was one point, though, I think that, did you guys almost break up?"
And last but not least, a question that should offend all stay at home mothers.
10. "This is what I want to know, and I'm so glad it's only 17, 18, and 19 that your boys are at a selfish age. Good. Okay, three years. But you know, I heard, Mrs. Romney, that you don't watch any TV. What do you do all day if you don't watch TV?"
Watch the full interview here:
So not only has the left accused Ann Romney of "never working a day in her life" because she is a stay-at-home mom, they've now accused all stay-at-home mom's of doing nothing but watch TV all day. It's safe to say the ladies of The View are a little out-of-touch.
"My gosh, these women are despicable," Glenn said. "And I say that with firsthand knowledge. I've been on that show before. They are despicable witches. Ooh, did I say that out loud? Let me say it again. Despicable witches."