Barbara Walters' Slobbering Interview with Obama: What Super Power Do You Want?
Barbara Walters, who famously asked Katherine Hepburn what type of tree she was, may have outdone herself in a slobbering interview with Michelle and Barack Obama. In previews of Friday's 20/20 segment, Walters asked the President, "If you were a superhero and you could have one super power, what would it be?" [MP3 audio here.]
To the First Lady, the journalist posed a question about reincarnation: "If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would you want it to be?" This appeared to be too much for Mrs. Obama, she interrupted, "Oh, God, Barbara."
The fawning piece was teased on Friday's Good Morning America and Monday's The View. It included queries on the romantic life of the couple.
On Friday, Walters enthused, "I'm looking at you. You're holding hands. That's very sweet. How many years married?" She followed up, "And [you] still hold hands."
Walters did insist that there were tough, "serious" questions in the interview, but none were on display Monday or Friday.
On GMA, Walters went out of her way to act as a propagandist for the Obama administration. She closed the morning show segment by reading from the President's Christmas message:
BARBARA WALTERS: The President asks that people stay hopeful, that better days are coming, that they have a President who is thinking about them every day. Mrs. Obama says the holidays are a time to reach out to family and friends with an open heart, to find forgiveness where it's needed. And that caring for the health and well-being of children of the next generation for her and for most people, is the most important thing.
Could White House press secretary Jay Carney have done any better?
On Monday's View, Walters played this clip: "We asked middle school and high school students to throw a few questions. I'd like to read their questions. If you were a super hero and you could have one super power, what would it be?"
The President relayed that he'd like to be able to fly.
A transcript of the December 23 segment, which aired at 8:16am EST, follows:
— Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center. Click here to follow him on Twitter.