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The ladies of "The View" had plenty of questions for the president, but they all wanted to know about Chelsea Clinton's wedding.
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updated 7/28/2010 6:30:17 PM ET 2010-07-28T22:30:17

President Barack Obama made a visit to the ladies of “The View” Wednesday afternoon to tape an episode that airs Thursday. And although all five hosts were on hand with a variety of questions about his tactics for solving the administration’s biggest problems, there was a burning question the hosts could not resist asking: Will the president be at Chelsea Clinton’s wedding?

Obama started out by joking, “You don’t want two presidents at one wedding! All the secret service, guests going through (metal detectors), all the gifts being torn apart …”

Then host Barbara Walters asked directly if he was even invited to the nuptials, which are being held in upstate New York this weekend. The president said no.

“I was not invited to the wedding,” he said. “because I think Hillary and Bill, properly, want to keep this thing for Chelsea and her soon-to-be husband.”

Obama said he agreed with the sentiment and told the hosts and the audience, “Sorry, ya'll probably will not be getting invited to Sasha’s wedding or Malia’s wedding, either.”

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

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From left: Lea Seydoux, Rooney Mara, Sarah Snook, Sophie Lowe

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What might come as a surprise to many is that all the potential actresses are fairly unknown. Prior to this, the names bandied about included Natalie Portman and Mia Wasikowska (the latter being my personal pick).

According to the Daily Beast, director David Fincher has it narrowed down to Australians Sophie Lowe (starring in the forthcoming thriller “Blame”) and Sarah Snook (“Sleeping Beauty”), American Rooney Mara, who co-stars in Fincher's upcoming Facebook film “The Social Network” and French actress Lea Seydoux, who appeared in “Inglourious Basterds” and “Robin Hood.”

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"After a very intense day of filming, Rachel just couldn't handle being at the Pasadena Recovery Center where 'Celebrity Rehab' is filmed, and she decided to leave," the source said.

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Carol Channing prefers Johnny Depp
Though nothing has been set in stone, Carol Channing would be "ecstatic" over the idea of Johnny Depp playing her in a bio pic, her publicist Harlan Boll told TODAYshow.com.

"Carol thinks that it's wonderful," he said. "She's never seen a woman play her. She said, 'I was beginning to think I have a hormonal problem.' "

Depp has said his dream role would be to portray the actress/singer. “I love her, I really do. She’s amazing,” he told Britain's The Mirror. Channing touched base with the actor to thank him for the compliment, but "nothing was done (like) saying, 'Do you want to pursue this?' " Boll said.

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Video: Obama talks family, politics on 'The View'

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    >>> daytime viewers get to see president obama in a whole different light. the commander ? in chief visits with all five ladies of nbc "the view" in an episode that airs today. we'll get the scoop from courtney hazlett who was at the show taping yesterday.

    >> i was, indeed. we'll tease you with this, there was something interesting that cory wore after you fill us in on how the president did.

    >> a lot of people are going to be criticizing president obama for going on "the view." the first time the sitting president has made an appearance on a daytime talk show . smart to the political pundits but from a cultural standpoint it was exceedingly important for him to sit there with there ladies of the view for the better part of an hour and answer their questions. people in the audience before the show started said that some of them scheduled their vacations around this. some of them delayed going on vacation, one woman even said that she was missing her son's swimming championships because she wanted to see the president because these folks are seeing the president in a form that is most accessible to them. might comes as a shock to people not everyone likes to tune into a press conference and not everyone watches cable news and this is a way for him to get himself out to a huge population. he answered a lot of fun questions, but serious ones, as well. one was from barbara walters . a ritual about the rose in the thorn before bedtime saying what was good about the day and the last month and barbara walters turned the tables on him and asked him that question.

    >> in the last month, what has been the rose and what has been the thorn?

    >> well, in the last month the rose has to be a couple of days we took in maine with michelle and sasha and malia and we went on bike rides and hikes and, you know, the girls are getting old enough now where they're not quite teenagers yet so they still like you but they're full of opinions and ideas and observations and it's just a great age.

    >> so, that was an interesting insight into the president's life and his family. there are also questions, the burning question about chelsea clinton , would he be at the wedding? no, he won't be at the wedding. he wasn't even invited to the wedding, he said. +t$e also said, do you know who snooki is? he said, no, i don't know who that is. he didn't know about melg gibson, but he was able to talk about serious things. they asked him about the wars going on in iraq and afghanistan. he said, listen, i want people out of afghanistan by the end of the month and this is why we need to be in iraq. it's fantastic when a president can mix sentiments so the take-home message was one that people felt comfortable listening to.

    >> sitting on that couch is not easy.

    >> it's not easy.

    >> they don't pull any punches. real quickly, you wore what on your feet?

    >> i was hoping maybe i spoke long enough to avoid this. i wore flip-flops. i had to take the subway and, hey, isn't that hawaiian formal wear ? flip-flops are hawaiian formal wear .

    >> thank you for the very latest entertainment news you can logon to scoop.todayshow.com.

Photos: Chelsea Clinton then and now

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  1. A Chelsea morning

    The only child of former president Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton has grown up in the public eye. Here she is with her parents at the age of 1 week on March 5, 1980, when her father was governor of Arkansas. Her name came from the Joni Mitchell song "Chelsea Morning." (Donald R. Broyles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Daddy has her vote

    Chelsea was 6 when she joined her father in the voting booth during the Democratic primary in Little Rock, Ark., on May 27, 1986. Then-governor Bill Clinton was being challenged by former Arkansas governor Orval Faubus and W. Dean Goldsby -- unsuccessfully, it turned out. (Danny Johnston / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. A cause for applause

    At age 11, Chelsea Clinton joined her father and mother in applauding her dad's inauguration to a new term as Arkansas governor on Sept. 20, 1991, in Little Rock. (Danny Johnston / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Hand in hand

    Chelsea Clinton holds her father's arm and hand at the end of the Democratic National Convention in New York City, Thursday, July 16, 1992. Bill Clinton would go on to win the White House that November. (Amy Sancetta / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Day of destiny

    Chelsea, 12 years old, arrives with her father and mother in Little Rock, Ark., on Nov. 3, 1992 -- Election Day. On that day, Bill Clinton defeated incumbent George H.W. Bush for the U.S. presidency. (Tim Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Hope and a hug

    Chelsea Clinton, just shy of 13, hugs school friend Elizabeth Fleming during the "Faces of Hope" luncheon on Jan. 18, 1993 at the Folger Library in Washington, D.C. (Luke Frazza / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Inauguration Day

    Bill Clinton kisses daughter Chelsea just before being sworn in as 42nd President of the United States on Jan. 20, 1993. (Tim Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Having a ball

    Just a few days after her father captured the White House, Chelsea Clinton was out on the soccer field on Jan. 28, 1993. (Mike Marucci / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Super Bowl Sunday

    On Jan. 31, 1993, Chelsea, her father, and her cat, Socks, watched Super Bowl XXVII at the White House. Joining them were Texas governor Ann Richards (left) and New York governor Mario Cuomo (right). (Robert Giroux / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. State of the Union

    First lady Hillary Clinton has a word for her daughter Chelsea during the introduction of President Bill Clinton's State of the Union address on Jan. 23, 1996. (Luke Frazza / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Yuletide cheer

    In December 1993, Chelsea helped her mom and dad press the button lighting the national Christmas tree. (Luke Frazza / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Sweet 16

    A 16-year-old Chelsea Clinton sits with friend Marc Mezvinsky while watching a football game on the beach at Hilton Head Island, S.C., in December 1996. Mezvinsky is the son of former Iowa congressman Edward Mezvinsky and former Pennsylvania congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky -- and Chelsea's fiance in 2009. (Mary Ann Chastain / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. I love a parade

    Chelsea joined her father and mother in the inaugural parade on Jan. 20, 1997 as Bill Clinton began his second term as U.S. president. (Paul J .Richards / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Budding ballerina

    Chelsea Clinton rehearses with the Washington Ballet in May 1997. She began taking ballet lessons at the Washington School of Ballet in 1993 and was on the board of the School of American Ballet. (Karin Cooper / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Running with president

    Chelsea Clinton joins her father jogging on Martha's Vineyard in August 1997. It was Bill Clinton's first public jog since undergoing surgery on his knee. (Stephen Jaffe / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. In Morocco

    In July 1999, Chelsea Clinton joined her parents and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Rabat, Morocco for the funeral of that nation's King Hassan II. (Mustafa Abadan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. At the Taj Mahal

    Chelsea Clinton takes the hand of her father as they walk past the gardens of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, in March 2000, on a trip that combined matters of state with sightseeing. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Convention crowds

    Chelsea joins her parents in a hug after President Clinton delivered a speech to the Democratic National Convention at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in August 2000. (Scott Nelson / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Dad and daughter

    President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea walk from the White House to a waiting helicopter in October 2000. The president was on his way to New York for fund-raising events for his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was running for a New York Senate seat. (Mario Tama / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Casting her ballot

    Chelsea Clinton exits the voting booth after casting her vote at Douglas Grafflin Elementary School in Chappaqua, New York in November 2000. Later that day, the Clinton family held a rally in downtown New York City later to celebrate the Senate candidacy of first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Stephen Jaffe / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Royal visit

    Chelsea Clinton joins her parents for a visit with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in December 2000. The Clintons had tea with the queen as they wrapped up a three-day trip to Ireland, North Ireland and the United Kingdom. (Paul J .Richards / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. A senator in the family

    Chelsea Clinton and her father, President Clinton, were on hand as her mother, Hillary Rodham Clinton, was sworn in as a Senator by Vice President Al Gore on Jan. 3, 2001. (Stephen Jaffe / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. A graduate on the ball

    Chelsea Clinton plays with friends during her Stanford University graduation on June 17, 2001. (Paul Sakuma / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Tennis, anyone?

    Chelsea Clinton and then-boyfriend Ian Klaus attended the US Open Tennis Tournament at Flushing Meadows, N.Y. in September 2002. Clinton and Klaus dated for three years, but broke up in 2005. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Hillary takes center stage

    Chelsea Clinton and her father, now a former president, watch Senator Hillary Clinton at a New York City rally in June 2008, during the senator's unsuccessful run for the Democratic presidential nomination. (Shannon Stapleton / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Meet my mom

    Chelsea Clinton is at the side of her mother, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, after introducing her at the Democratic National Convention in Denver on Aug. 26, 2008. (Stephan Savoia / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Got your nose!

    A baby pinches Chelsea Clinton's nose as she and her father visit a rural healthcare clinic in Rwinkwavu, Rwanda, in August 2008. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images for The Clinton Fou) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Madam Secretary

    Chelsea Clinton and her father look on proudly as Hillary Rodham Clinton is sworn in as Secretary of State on Feb. 2, 2009. (Alex Wong / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Wedding bells

    Chelsea Clinton and longtime beau Marc Mezvinsky shop in New York City in April of 2006. The couple got engaged over the 2009 Thanksgiving holidays, according to a spokesman for former president Bill Clinton. The couple will be married in the summer of 2010. (INFGoff.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. A vintage occasion

    Chelsea Clinton attends a party for top winery Chateau Haut-Brion, accompanied by her groom-to-be, Marc Mezvinsky. The event was thrown by Prince Robert of Luxembourg to commemorate his great-grandfather’s purchase of the wine estate 75 years ago. (MCMULLAN/PatrickMcMullan.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Wedding day

    Chelsea weds Marc Mezvinsky at the Astor Courts Estate on July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck, N.Y. The interfaith ceremony was held at the estate built by John Jacob Astor on the Hudson River. (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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