President Obama not invited to Chelsea Clinton’s wedding

July 29th, 2010 - 3:27 pm ICT by BNO News  

chelsea-clinton-marc-mezvinsky WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) — President Barack Obama is not invited to the wedding of Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton, he admitted during a television interview.

Obama appeared on ABC’s “The View” on Wednesday and discussed a range of topics, including the wedding of Chelsea Clinton.

“You don’t want two presidents at one wedding! All the secret service, guests going through, all the gifts being torn apart,” he joked after host Barbara Walters asked about the wedding, according to NBC.

But Walters was not satisfied with that answer, and asked directly if he was even invited to the wedding. “I was not invited to the wedding,” Obama admitted. “Because I think Hillary and Bill, properly, want to keep this thing for Chelsea and her soon-to-be husband.”

“Sorry, ya’ll probably will not be getting invited to Sasha’s wedding or Malia’s wedding, either,” he joked.”

Obama last appeared on the show in March 2008 when he was still a Senator, and First Lady Michelle Obama was a featured guest co-host in June 2008.

“Look, I was trying to find a show that Michelle actually watched, and so I thought this is it, right here,” Obama said, according to a partial transcript released by ABC Television Network. “All those new shows, she’s like, eh, let me get the clicker.”

But Obama also discussed the economy, his first 1.5 year in office as president, and his personal life. “Obviously the country has gone through a tough stretch since I took office,” he said.

“When I was sworn in [..] we were losing at that time 750,000 jobs per month, the economy was shrinking at a pace of about 6.5%, which is unheard of since the Great Depression, and so the last 20 months has been a non-stop effort to restart the economy, to stabilize the financial system, to make sure that we’re creating jobs again instead of losing them, and in the midst of all that we’ve also had the oil spill, we’ve also had two wars, we’ve also had a pandemic, H1N1, that we had to manage, and a whole host of other issues.”

Obama said it was gratifying that the economy is now starting to stabilize and grow again, but said it was not him who is having a hard time. “As much as you said it’s been tough for me, the truth is, it’s not tough for me; you know I’ve got people, pundits on the news who may say things about me.”

The president said he draws hope from struggling Americans. “You think about what the American people have gone through, losing jobs, seeing their home values go down, their 401Ks declining, those are the folks who I draw inspiration from because I get letters every night from them and I read them. And as tough as it’s been, they remain hopeful, they remain optimistic about America, and so I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about me. I spend a lot of time worrying about them.”

The complete interview airs Thursday at 11 a.m. ET on ABC.

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