Obama Faces SnookiGate

President Obama was given a pop culture test on The View this week. He knew Lindsay Lohan was in jail, but said he didn't know who Snooki was.

”Should Snooki run as mayor of Wasilla?” And he replied, “I’ve got to admit, I don’t know who Snooki is.”

But, at the White House Correspondents dinner, he knew who she was. In a quip about the new tax on tanning beds law, he said:

“This next provision (in the health care bill) is called the Jersey Shorah. It reads, ‘The following individuals shall be excluded from the indoor tanning tax within this bill: Snooki, JWOWW, The Situation and House minority leader John Boehner.”

Snooki meanwhile isn't thrilled about Obama either. On the season premiere of Jersey Shore Thursday night, she said she switched to spray tanning because of Obama and his tax.

She added:

McCain would never put a 10 percent tax on tanning. Because he’s pale and would probably want to be tan.”

Snooki, in real life, got arrested in New Jersey today for disorderly conduct, being drunk on the beach in the daytime. The group is back in Seaside Heights filming season three — while season two in South Beach is just hitting the air.

And if you think no one is watching Jersey Shore, think again. Thursday night's ratings were off the charts:

The premiere of the second season of “Jersey Shore” attracted 5.3 million viewers on Thursday night, according to Nielsen, the network’s biggest season premiere in more than seven years. …Among MTV’s core demographic of viewers 12 to 34 years old, the season premiere is the No. 1 cable telecast of the year.