By Ken Tucker
Updated April 12, 2011 at 03:40 PM EDT

On Tuesday morning’s The View, Elisabeth Hasselbeck tried to change the conversation about Donald Trump’s ongoing birther obsession with President Obama by asserting that Trump would make a good candidate for President because he’s “created more jobs” than Obama.

In the ensuing hubbub (isn’t there always cross-talk hubbub on The View?) Joy Behar could be heard muttering something like, “Where did you get those figures?” Indeed. And not answered. Except, perhaps, by Barbara Walters, who asked with what I think was sarcasm, “You mean because of Celebrity Apprentice?”

I suppose giving Gary Busey weekly employment might result in a surge in the hiring of eccentric people…

Guest Katie Couric also addressed rumors that she was leaving the CBS evening news: “I haven’t made a decision.” Asked about starting a syndicated show, she said, “I’m talking about certain opportunities.” “I understand you wanting to break news on The View,” she added.

“You did a really good job,” Walters said, referring to Couric’s anchor job in the past tense.

“Yes, and I hope you continue to think so when you watch me tonight,” Couric responded tartly.

“I think you’re doing the right thing,” Walters persisted.

“Well, you don’t know what I’m doing, but thank you,” said Couric. Ha!

Barbara also got a round of applause from Whoopi Goldberg for saying that too many young girls these days “dress like little hos.”

“Did you say ‘ho’?” asked Goldberg. When Walters, abashed, nodded, Whoopi clapped and said, “You’re right.”

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