NEW YORK CITY—Hand it the women of “The View.” On Monday, the hosts of the popular daytime talk show ranged over a variety of issues with the First Couple, who used the appearance to portray their marriage as a warm, loving one.

Host Elizabeth Hasselbeck asked Obama bluntly if he were failing the middle class and whether the recent attack that killed four American diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, was a “terrorist attack.”

“There’s no doubt that the kind of weapons that were used, the ongoing assault, that it wasn’t just a mob action,” Obama answered, never using the word “terrorist.” “What’s clear is that, around the world, there are still a lot of threats out there.”

Obama, who has made repairing U.S. relations with the Islamic world a major part of his foreign policy, continued by saying that “the overwhelming majority of Muslims, they want the same things that families here want.”

“They want opportunity,” he said. “Kids wants an education, they want jobs, they want peace. But there are extremist strains that are there.”