Sunny Hostin wants 'more leaders' as 'The View' hosts discuss Obama keeping daughters out of politics

Sunny Hostin says we need 'less influencers and more leaders' as 'The View' hosts weigh in on Obama keeping daughters out of politics
Sunny Hostin insisted on the need for young leaders in politics in light of Barack Obama sharing Michelle Obama's decision to keep their daughters Malia and Sasha away from politics (Getty Images)

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: Hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines, Joy Behar, and Alyssa Farah Griffin shared their take on former president Barack Obama revealing that his wife Michelle wants to keep their daughters out of politics, on Wednesday, June 19 episode of 'The View'.

Obama made the remark at the Los Angeles fundraiser for President and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Saturday, June 15, which featured celebrities such as George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Jimmy Kimmel.

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Behar felt that the Obamas had a valid point, as they had to face racism on top of the 'vitriol' faced by any other First families. She referred to the false propaganda of Obama not being born in the United States and said, "So I don't think they want to subject their kids to such nonsense."

Sunny Hostin on the need for young leaders

Hostin seconded Behar during the Hot Topics segment, saying, "A lot of Black mothers especially would be nervous about their children getting into politics because of the racial bias that still exists in this country, the societal bias, the structural racism that still exists in this country even though people think that that's not true."

Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin on the June 19, 2024 episode of 'The View' (Screengrab/The View/X)
Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin on the June 19, 2024, episode of 'The View' (Screengrab/The View/X)

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"But, you know, we need less influencers and more leaders, we do," she stated, as the audience broke into applause. "We need fresh blood. We need young people that are unafraid to give their unvarnished opinions and not be as concerned about 'their brands' and as concerned about what other people would think, and... stand on the right side of history, for a change."

Whoopi Goldberg on young people 'still learning'

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Whoopi Goldberg interjected Hostin by advocating for young leaders and saying, "I don't think we have taught them (younger generation) how to do that. We haven't..."


Even as Hostin argued that "there were many young people willing to do it," citing the example of college protesters, Goldberg did not budge from her stance and continued, "We have not taught young people how to stand for stuff. They are learning but this is not something... You know, we were forced to do it because brothers or sisters or uncles and cousins were thrown into wars, they were thrown into stuff. Women wanted the opportunity to go to school. There were things we were fighting for."

"They're fighting for things now, but their voices are being squashed," countered Hostin, to which Goldberg replied, "I don't think that's true. I think a lot of the problem is, because people keep saying, 'Where are the grown-ups talking about us?' And I say, we've done this, we have been doing it. We've been waiting for y'all to come and (join us)."

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