On Thursday's The View, co-host Joy Behar expressed her displeasure at President-Elect Barack Obama's choice of Rick Warren for the invocation at his inauguration: “I don't think it's appropriate. It's like putting, you know, Cheney in charge of gun control. It's wrong....it's just wrong.”
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Elisabeth Hasselbeck was the first co-host to come to
Behar responded by immediately bringing up
Sherri Shepherd then stepped in to defend Obama's decision as Behar continued to question the decision, since she emphasized how “Christian evangelicals did not put Obama in the White House.” When both Shepherd and Hasselbeck both pointed out how many Christians voted for the Democrat, Behar made her “Cheney in charge of gun control” line.
Hasselbeck, as you might expect brought up Obama's former pastor: “Who would you rather have -- Reverend Wright?” Goldberg reentered the debate at this point: “...[B]ecause he is using this gentleman to do the invocation does not mean that he stands with them -- all of the man's positions. It's the same argument we tried to explain to people about Reverend Wright. Because you're with somebody, it doesn't mean that just because you're friends, or you spend a lot of time with him, that you feel as they do.”
Later, as the five co-hosts continued to debate the
Goldberg and Barbara Walters closed out the discussion by defending Obama's decision:
GOLDBERG: Here's the -- here's the bottom line: we didn't -- we did not put him into office to pick a preacher. We put him into office to get our act together in the country and that's his personal pick --
WALTERS: And this is his personal choice.
GOLDBERG: And I'm going to go with it, and I know that he doesn't believe all that stuff --