Obama to make first Sunday show appearance in three years
December 28th, 2012
07:33 PM ET
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Obama to make first Sunday show appearance in three years

(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

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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    The President must make Americans understand the need for a truly balanced approach to our deficit problem – both increased revenue and reduced spending. The process must not rape the poor and middle and only favor the rich – as Republicans would have it. Compromise can come as the tax levels shift upward – as Republicans desire. Sacrifice must not come totally on the backs of the working-class as the Republican suggestions have dictated..

    December 29, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. bugmetoo

    Meet the Press was more a non-partisan show with Tim Russert. Now it is one of the biggest liberal shows there is.

    December 29, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Carlos

    I hope they don't throw him softballs and ask him some serious questions... and don't let him off the hook with politcal answers.

    December 29, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Dean

    Obama should not be allowed on meet the press. He has no idea how to negotiate. His only method is talking to the press which is most of our problem. He campaigns, he does not lead. He is not presidential. Irefuse to watch him.

    December 29, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. Ratherbboating

    I expect he will get hard hitting questions like:
    How hard was it to leave Hawaii this past week?
    Did you get a tee off time when you got back?
    Who are you blaming this week for your failures?
    And other hard hitting questions from his cheer leading section.

    December 29, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. Chuk

    This whole bruhaha is what the American people get for not sending the tea party candidates parking from Congress when they had the chance in November. Unless they want a disfunctional government that does not work for anyone, they get another chance in 2014. This is ridiculous. And they want to export this brand of "democracy" to the rest of the world?

    December 29, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. Karenjay

    I don't care to listen to him unless he has a deal in hand.

    December 29, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. AZ girl

    Dear Mr. President, as an avid supporter of your administration, I have a few things to say; 1) make it happen, you all made this mess, clean it up, 2) a bigger concern is not the "fiscal cliff" but the debt ceiling, pass the "bump up" we can' t afford another downgrade, and 3) now is NOT the time to play politics, the entire world is watching. Make it happen, too much is at stake.

    December 29, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Steve A

    Hey look who signed himslef a new executive order this weekend lifting Federal Pay !?!?! Our leaders now get a raise

    December 29, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. Kay

    And we thought Obama came back from vacation early to help with the negotiations for the economy. haha

    December 29, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans conveniently use religion and the Bible when they want support from Evangelical groups but the problem is they have never opened the Bible and read it. Furthermore, we haven't heard from any of the so-called Evangelical leaders regarding the Fiscal Cliff and how it will affect all Americans. I guess they support Republicans in protecting the rich only because "silence" denotes they agree.

    December 29, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Jeff

    I love how the majority of ppl on here are blaming Obama for legislation not getting passed. This Congress is on pace to be the least productive ever (less than the famous Do Nothing Congress). The Republicans hold the majority of the blame here. They can't even pass bills put forward by Boehner. Fact is they all signed that stupid pledge and that is more important to them than getting a deal done. Obama met them in the middle. He put social security on the table and moved to raising taxes on ppl that earn 400,000. Republicans couldn't even pass not raising taxes on millionaires. This has zero to do with Obama and everything to do with Tea party no compromise republicans.

    December 29, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. blake

    Doing what Obama does best – blaming, dividing, engaging in class warfare, refusing to accept responsibility, and pontificating ad nauseam. With a fawning far !eft media running interference for him every step of the way.

    December 29, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. blake

    Doing what Obama does best – blaming, dividing, engaging in cla$$ warfare, refusing to accept responsibility, and pontificating ad nauseam. With a fawning far !eft media running interference for him every step of the way.

    December 29, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Oh, goody. Now THIS is the man I voted for. Keep pulling those strings, Mr. President. Seriously. It doesn't get any better than this - Teaper panties wound up in a bunch of twisted blah, blah, blah whining.

    December 29, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. ubdumb

    You can't fix stupid. Give the liberals what they want now! Let it crash and burn and build it over. With two countries of course. One can follow the California model the other Texas. You only get to choose once no matter what each looks like in ten years. Sound fair to me

    December 29, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Open your eyes!

    Obama is getting exactly what he has plotted to have since he entered politics "Never let a crisis go to waste" - that's his Machiavellian motto - playing this economic crisis to the hilt until he fully implements total wealth redistribution because he loathes the free market enterprise system. Nothing else at play in whatever Obama does! Open your eyes!

    December 29, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Hammerer

    Obama's agenda is to punish the successful and reward the failures. He will have no other plan or nothing new to offer.

    December 29, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. don in albuquerque

    What he needs to do is just tell the GOTP "This is what you get, this is all you get." Same thing they have been doing to him for the last four years. And yes Blake, they are to blame.

    December 29, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Guy

    Who could have predicted Obama appearing on NBC? Wow. Sometime during the show Obama will likely pardon his pal David for his violation of D.C. gun laws last week when David was waiving around an illegal AR15 magazine. You have to admit, it is an beautiful propaganda machine.

    December 29, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. statsmatter1

    The Senate already passed what Obama is proposing, but Boehner won't bring it to the floor for a vote because he says it has "blue slip" problems, meaning that the House will not vote on tax legislation that originates in the Senate. Then plan B explodes and Boehner leaves town saying it is up to the Senate. How are these "blue slip" problems going to be dealt with on the new Senate bill. Answer, there are no blue slip problems, Boehner refuses to bring the bill to the floor because he knows it would pass.

    December 29, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. Pat in Jackson

    Most seem to forget our Government has THREE parts. The Executive, Legislative and the Judicial, they each has specific roles. It is the role of the Legislative branch (Congress) to make our law. We currently have a branch of Congress that will not follow it's leader. How is this the fault of the President? The Republicans agenda from 2010 was to ensure President Obama was a one-term President, Well, they failed at that agenda because of the voters. So the President is going to go on the Sunday Morning show to make his case to the people. YES, the people, what is so wrong about that? Isn't it what certain Republicans have done over, and over again to try to convince the American people they (the Republicans) knew what was best for us.

    December 29, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    The rich got a lucrative free wheeling tax haven for eight years under GWB and the end result wasn't more jobs but rather the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. But when President Obama took office, the right continue to campaign for more tax breaks for the rich, arguing that ending the Bush era tax cuts would hamper economic growth and prevent the job creators from creating jobs. So the President compromised and gave the so-call job creators four more years of tax breaks and the end result was NO new jobs created.

    And while the rich was getting more tax breaks on one end and partying with bailout money in the Hamptons and the French Riviera on the other hand, it was the middle class and the poor who were paying the price. And while the right has accused the President and Democrats of class warfare, it was the middle class who were being forced to accept furlough days without pay. Subsequently, the middle class was being forced to contribute large portions of their pensions to their health insurance, being deprived of pay raises and promotions that they've earned or forced into early retirement so that states could balance their budgets and get the revenue that they need to keep running because they lost revenue when they continue their tax breaks for corporations, millionaires and billionaires. No, that is not class warfare, its called REVERSED CLASS WARFARE. Then many social programs for the poor and the disabled such as" Meal on Wheels" and funding for thousands of dialysis patients across the country were cut by House Republicans as well as Earned Income Wages for over 5 million low income working families across the country was slashed as well as funding for over 130,00 of America's homeless veterans. No, that is not class warfare. Its called REVERSED CLASS WARFARE.

    December 29, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Justin

    Stand your group Mr. Pres. You can't bargain with evil!

    December 29, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. last-minute-panick--"Leadership"

    Appearing on shows, campaigned all summer long...and "leadership" is worthy only to last minute...America the world is laughing at Washington....!"the fiscal Cliff" is a good one to digest.....

    December 29, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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