Actress and TV personality Rosie O'Donnell has brushed off reports suggesting she took President Barack Obama to task over his healthcare bill during a New York fundraiser on Tuesday (07Oct14), insisting there was no "feud".
The A League of Their Own star was a guest at an intimate Democratic Party event, alongside fellow attendees Mark Wahlberg and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, and, according to a report in the New York Post, she used her few moments with the leader to grill him about the importance of helping kids with mental health issues.
However, O'Donnell, who had to hand over her cell phone to Secret Service agents as she arrived at the bash, reveals the topic came up unexpectedly as she was preparing to dash off to a therapy session with her teenage daughter, Chelsea.
Discussing the high-profile meeting on her talk show The View on Wednesday (08Oct14), she explained, "I'm positive that I'm late for my family therapy with my daughter Chelsea, who's been texting, so when I see him (Obama) and he asks, 'Do you have a question, Rosie?', I say, 'Oh, just wondering how your teenage daughters like the fame and if it was like you thought it would be, being the president...' He was very gracious and nice.
"Then I said, 'OK, I have to go, but I'm really sorry and I just wanted to tell everyone thank you. Sir, I have therapy with my daughter and mental health is a good issue for next time...'"
The star, who has battled depression in the past, admits she was flustered as she tried to make a quick exit and had no idea her nervous comments would make headline news.
She added, "This morning, I see in the Post that I had a big feud with him about mental health! No, it's just my own (mental health) exposing itself, trying to get out of there!"