WASHINGTON--President Obama told Barbara Walters and the other ladies of "The View" about some recent ups and downs, taping the show Wednesday in Manhattan. The ABC show will be broadcast Thursday at 11 a.m. est and a snippet was shown on the network "World News" show.
Walters asked Obama, "In the last month what has been the rose and what has been the thorn?" Rose and thorn is an Obama family game.
"In the last month the rose has to be a couple of days we took in Maine with Michelle, Sasha and Malia," he said. "They're full of opinions and ideas and observations and it's just a great age ... Malia just turned 12 and Sasha 9. Couldn't been a better couple of days."
Asked what the "thorn" was, Obama said, "Where do I begin?"
"Look, the country has gone through a tough stretch. Since I took office when I was sworn in ... the last 20 months have been a nonstop effort to restart the economy, to stabilize the financial system, to make sure we are creating jobs and not losing them."
The BP oil spill disaster and the H1N1 swine flu "pandemic" were also "thorns" he mentioned.