Barack Obama quizzed about sex novel, Kim Kardashian on 'The View'
President Barack Obama has gotten much attention in recent weeks, but the ladies of "The View" delved even deeper, quizzing him about pop culture and politics.
Obama recently made headlines for his endorsement of same-sex marriages and was asked on an episode of "The View," set to air on Tuesday, May 15, what brought on the decision to speak up.
"I've been a longtime supporter of civil unions for same sex couples was partly because of the issue of social security benefits or other laws, state taxes, things like that," Obama said. "You know part of it was also just knowing friends and family, people that I'd gotten to know who had these wonderful relationships, and they'd say to me, You know what? The words matter. So even though you're a strong supporter of civil unions, somehow it still says we're different, and that particular set of conversations that I had is ultimately what led me to this conclusion."
After asking several political questions, Joy Behar quizzed Obama about several pop culture topics, like which Kardashian was married for only 72 days.
Obama answered the question correctly, noting that the only reason he knew the length of Kim Kardashian's marriage was because she was married to a basketball player.
Behar went on to ask him what is the "controversial sex book that's on millions of women's bedside tables," referring to the hugely popular erotic series, "Fifty Shades of Grey," which has earned the nickname, "mommy porn," due to its popularity amongst middle-aged women.
Obama said he didn't know the answer to that question but would "ask Michelle" when he got home.
During his interview on the morning talk show, Obama also discussed his administration's accomplishments, jobs, the economy, family life inside the White House and his five-year plan.
"I think at this point, what I want to spend the next 5 years doing is recreating that America where, if you work hard, you can make it, regardless of where you come from, what you look like and the one thing... you know sometimes you hear about America's declining or we're weaker or China's on the rise or this, that or the other," Obama said. " I travel all around the world and everywhere you go, if you ask people, where would you want to be, what country you admire, what cards would you like to have in your hand, it's what we've got... We've still got the finest workers in the world, the best universities in the world, we've the best scientists, the best entrepreneurs, we've got the best market system in the world, so we've got all the ingredients for success for the next 100, next 200 years."
Many celebrities supported the President's decision to speak up on same-sex marriages (See our celebrity reactions slideshow) and he has received support from much of Hollywood, including Betty White, who said she "very, very much favors" Obama in the upcoming election.
The president was in Los Angeles on May 10 at a fundraiser George Clooney held for his re-election campaign. The event netted almost $15 million, marking a record for a single such event.
Among the some 150 attendees were co-host and Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, singer Barbra Streisand and her husband James Brolin, Robert Downey Jr., Eddie Murphy, Jack Black, designer Diane Von Furstenberg, Salma Hayek, actor and frequent Oscars host Billy Crystal, Tobey Maguire and Clooney's girlfriend, WWE star Stacy Keibler.
Obama's appearance on "The View" is set to air on Tuesday, May 15 at 11 a.m. ET on ABC.