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Barbara Walters: 'If I Had A Brain, I Would Have Called' Obama To Make Gay Marriage Announcement On 'The View' (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: Updated: 05/15/2012 8:31 pm

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Barbara Walters deeply regrets missing out on the opportunity to have President Obama make his gay marriage announcement on "The View."

Obama announced his support of same-sex marriage in an exclusive ABC News interview with Robin Roberts last Wednesday. Shortly after, a top administration official told CNN that Obama had originally intended to make the announcement during his May 15th appearance on "The View."

Walters addressed the rumors on Tuesday, moments before Obama walked on set. "You screwed up Barbara," Behar joked.

Walters said that the story was "so private." She began to recall the sequence of events leading up to Obama's landmark interview, starting with Vice President Biden's comments on "Meet the Press."

"I love 'Good Morning America,' I love Robin Roberts, but if I had a brain, I would have called [Obama] up the day after and said, 'Mr. President, move up your date,' but I didn't," she admitted. "We're happy to have him at any time."

Later, Obama revealed that making the big announcement on "The View" had indeed been a "possibility" for him.

"We had been discussing it for a few weeks and we thought what are formats where we can talk about it not as a policy issue but as a personal issue, and all of you came to mind," he said.

"We're happy that you did it with our colleagues on 'GMA,'" Walters told him. "But next time you're gonna announce something huge, just call any one of us." Watch the exchange in the clip below.

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