Obama to appear on daytime talk show

To be featured guest on ABC's 'The View' on Thursday

NEW YORK -- President Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to appear on a daytime talk show.

He will be the featured guest on ABC's "The View" on Thursday, show producers said Monday.

Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, executive producers of "The View," said the president's appearance is part of the show's continuing "Red, White & View" campaign, which is committed to political guests and discussions.

Barbara Walters, creator/executive producer and co-host, will make an exclusive in-studio appearance -- her first since she underwent heart valve replacement surgery in May -- to mark the special occasion.

The daytime appearance is another milestone in Obama's use of media to reach voters. During his presidential campaign, he used social networking Web sites and text messaging so actively that some predicted a presidency 2.0. And last year, the Obama White House made waves by inviting a blogger - from the Huffington Post - to a presidential press conference for the first time ever and taking a question from him, too.

Obama last appeared on "The View" in March 2008 while he was still a senator.

"This shows that both the President and First Lady feel that our show is an influential and important source of information and news," said Walters.

The interview with the President, scheduled to tape on Wednesday, will touch on topics such as his administration's accomplishments, jobs, the economy, the Gulf oil spill and family life inside the White House.