(CNN) - President Barack Obama will make his first Sunday show appearance in more than three years this week, as he and congressional leaders are down to the wire on reaching a deal to avert the fiscal cliff.
His appearance Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" will be his first Sunday show interview since September 2009, when he appeared on five networks to tout his health care law.
While Obama has sat for a number of formal interviews, the major Sunday shows have a tradition and reputation for pressing newsmakers on tough questions, and because of their length, delve deeper than some other interviews. Many of Obama's interviews during his re-election campaign were with local television and radio stations.
The 2009 appearances were an effort to pressure agreement on health care.
No doubt the White House is making Obama available on Sunday to pressure lawmakers to deal with the looming fiscal cliff.
In a late Friday statement, Obama said he is "modestly optimistic that an agreement can be achieved."
Absent a deal, tax cuts on income of all levels will expire and cuts to both defense and discretionary spending will automatically trigger in the new year.
The onus is now on Republicans in the Senate to reach a deal. Obama said that if one is not reached, he will urge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to call for a vote on a scaled-back package.
The NBC program has been in the spotlight for host David Gregory's display of an empty gun magazine during a discussion of gun control on the program last Sunday. Magazines with a capacity of more than 10 ammunition rounds are illegal in Washington, where the show was broadcast, and police are investigating. NBC has made no comment.
– CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report
Wow! We are so blessed! How humbled we are to be in this country with him as our President!
Maybe he can explain growing our economy and letting private sector created jobs!
Obama should have done this BEFORE the election. He was too cowardly.
OH! Is this how he leads, via NBC. Please give me a break, this is not what American tax payers voted for.
Three years for a Sunday show where he would have to answer hard questions, granted it's msnbc; but readily goes on "pimp with a limp", and how many times was he on the view, etc...?
I cant wait for my future kids to read about this president in the history books.
Obama won the popular vote-enough said!!!!!!!!!!
The American people, that have actually been paying attention for the past 4 years, could care less what this man says.
Can't wait to see it. Obama is truly a President for the common man. We are lucky to have him. God Bless him and God bless the United States of America!
Always the showman. Step up from Letterman?
This is what Obama needs to do when the mid-terms rolls around. Especially right before the election, like he done on friday, after the big fiscal cliff meeting – go on tv, or do whatever it takes, to remind us voters to vote the obstructionists OUT !!!
Well I sure hope working with Congress to get a deal done for all Americans, doesnt get in Obamas way, I mean that would be a shame if it inteferred with his TV appearances. What a guy.
Oh great. So, the investigative reporters on NBC can ask him questions like, "Why did the GOP drop the ball and push us over the fiscal cliff, while you gallantly tried to prevent it?"
Good for Pres. Obama. Maybe now the American people will wake up and realize the likes of McConnell and his cadre of "puppets" are the biggest cancer on planet earth.
He sold us a bill of goods with his health care package, so get ready to feel the love again.........
That ought to be biased as heck.
Is somethig President Obama should do by calling or urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to call for a vote on a scaled-back package. Mr President go for it
The Tea Party shot themselves on the legs when house republicans failed to pass "Plan B."
Layup interview. Let's see if David Gregory pushes the President on the spending cuts. That is the real problem here.
I certainly don't want to blame republicans for the Bush tax cuts that reduced revenue, the unfunded wars, the unfunded drug program, TARP, the near depression, the loss of 800,000 jobs in Bush's last month, Boehner's ineptness, the government being held hostage by the baggers, the GOP failing to honor their pledge to the American people but honoring their pledge to Grover, the 33 attempts to repeal ACA, the 65 anti abortion bills, and our drop in our credit rating. After all they are nothing more than domestic terrorists, and we expect their behavior.
Why is this man appearing on a talk show unless he is politicking for the 2014 elections. Any derogatory remarks toward a party or individual will further divide this nation. I'm sure he know that.
The only people who continue to lose in the fiscal cliff are the American people. BOTH sides have let us down as a result of their unwillingness to work as a team. I place more of the blame individually on the Republicans and the Tea Party for a majority of the mess, but the democrats are not saints either. Thanks for nothing Congress and soon to be thanks for nothing to the Senate as well. Amazing and truly a disfunctional federal government at the moment.
You know I think weather you voted for Obama or not it should be expected that all elected officials work for all American's.
I get tired of Obama preaching to the wrong crowd. Its not the American people you need to convince Mr President.
Its the members of Congress who pass legislation that goes to YOUR desk to sign. We elected YOU to represent US the people. Just as we have done for EVERY member of Congress. Government should never be forced into such crisis management in order to pass legislation. Both the President and Congress have had more then ample time to work out differences. Maybe that;s the problem? Procrastination seems to be the biggest problem in Washington DC. Mr. President, you should have enjoyed your stay in Hawaii and had a nice holiday break. Same goes for the members of Congress. Because you have all certainly done nothing the previous year to solve the fiscal mess you have ALL put America in. So why worry about it now?
There is nobody more ill-qualified to speak about solutions to our economy that Nobama. That's one program I won't be watching. What an utter waste of time.
Blah blah... Obama signed the law that will take effect next year. Now he wants to take it back. What kind of leadership is this? He also had 18 months to work on this but he consider his election more important than the country.
Now, the interview with the meet the press will be useless if all he talks about are tax raises because that ALONE won't solve the fiscal crisis. And if Obama says that he already has spending cuts, then Meet the Press better be smart enough to press Obama that the cuts are not real cuts but just spending that it is ending naturally like lower interest rates. What happens if the interest go higher? The savings will be wipe out. The same thing with the Iraq war ending, what happens is we have to go another war? So those are not REAL cuts like Obama wants people to believe.
He is on the way down. He cannot continue on his current path, and succeed.
I admire David Gregory and he will conduct in in-delph interview of the President without being obnoxious about it. I would like this gun magazine issue to be resolved in a expeditious way for Mr Gregory so he can get on with the great job that he does on Meet The Press.