Bill O'Reilly to interview Obama for Fox Super Bowl pregame show
January 23rd, 2014
02:50 PM ET
3 months ago

Bill O'Reilly to interview Obama for Fox Super Bowl pregame show

(CNN) – While most of us spend Super Bowl Sunday in front of the TV, President Barack Obama typically spends it on TV - and that tradition will continue this year when he speaks with Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly during the network's Super Bowl pregame show on February 2.

Fox News on Thursday announced plans for the presidential interview.

The interview might be more lively than other sit-downs with Obama since O'Reilly hasn't interviewed him in three years and since Fox News is the television home of opposition to the Obama administration. But it's entirely logical for the President to do the interview - it's an opportunity to be heard by one of the biggest television audiences of the year.

Obama's first pre-Super Bowl interview was with NBC's Matt Lauer in 2009. Since then he has spoken with CBS's Katie Couric in 2010, O'Reilly in 2011, Lauer again in 2012, and CBS's Scott Pelley in 2013.

Fox said that this year's interview would be televised live by the Fox network (which is a sister of Fox News) around 4:30 p.m.ET on the day of the game. Afterward, O'Reilly will tape a second interview with the President that will be shown on his Fox News program, "The O'Reilly Factor," the next day.

Unlike, say, the "CBS Evening News," which is anchored by Pelley, last year's pre-Super Bowl presidential interviewer, "The O'Reilly Factor" is centered around O'Reilly's own point of view. Fox could have chosen an interviewer like Bret Baier or Chris Wallace to conduct the Obama interview instead. The choice of O'Reilly instead is a reminder that he remains the biggest personality at the news channel, attracting about three million viewers a night.


Filed under: Fox News • President Obama
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Obama shouldn't give that clown the time of day!

    January 23, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. just asking

    megan kelly would be a far better interviewer. o'reilly is an obama apologist. he'll be far too deferential to obama because of the office.

    January 23, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. BlackThought

    Why would he go all oreilly will do is yell and interrupt him.

    January 23, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Tony

    BlackThought
    Why would he go all oreilly will do is yell and interrupt him.
    -–

    Not if Obama actually answers the questions being asked and does it without taking 15 minutes per answer. Obama blathers like nobody else.

    January 23, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    -just asking

    megan kelly would be a far better interviewer. o'reilly is an obama apologist. he'll be far too deferential to obama because of the office.
    *****************
    So, being rude and snarky all of the time is a good thing when you interview the President?

    January 23, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. just saying

    hannity should be interviewing obama. i'd pay to see that one. but obama isn't man enough to do it.

    January 23, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. carlos

    This could be interesting.

    January 23, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Bill from GA

    I hope O'Reilly will ask Barry why its OK for football players to bang heads for entertainment (after all, they are grown men and know what thy are getting into, right??) and suffer possible brain damage from the near-guaranteed concussions, yet the Federal Government must outlaw marijuana growing and use by adults.

    Ask Barry why it is OK for the USA to arrest over 750,000 AMERICANS for a decision they make, where no one else is harmed. Ask Barry why he is so GUTLESS on this issue. Does he like seeing his fellow Americans arrested? Does he like seeing so many minorities' lives ruined by an arrest record , when they are doing no one harm?

    And for those who think pot causes criminal action, that's because it is a crime, stupid! In Colorado, you buy it from a store just like booze. Or grow your own. No contact with criminals.

    Freedom and liberty for ALL.

    January 23, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    Why and why oreilly?
    Didn't they go through this not too long ago?

    January 23, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "megan kelly would be a far better interviewer."

    Yeah, they can spend the interview talking all about how Jesus and Santa are white people.

    $10 says O'Reilly tries to spend the whole time on "Benghazi!!!!!!!" and the IRS.

    January 23, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. chrissy

    No kidding! A disaster looking for a place to happen!

    January 23, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Bill from GA

    And, BTW, my vote for Fox Interviewer is JENNA LEE. WaHooo!!

    January 23, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Hooper

    Bill, should not be in the position of interviewing anyone, especially the President Of The United States. His credibility, if any has been compromised more than any reporter in modern times, otherwise he's be working for another company other than FOX. His book is nothing more than a cry for attention, and an outlet for his ego.

    January 23, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Silence DoGood

    I have seen Hannity, Huckabee, and now OI'Reilly in the Ticket. Seriously CNN, I am good for today I do not need any more angry out-of-touch conservatives. I long for that liberal media bias I have heard so much about.

    January 23, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. bobo

    GOOD! Let's see if ol' Bill can actually get some sensible answers from our King....

    January 23, 2014 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. bobo

    O'reilly is the most Fair of All the people on FOX.... if you don't believe it.... watch him for one week.... see if what he says makes sense. I dare you!

    January 23, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ah. The things a President has to do to keep GOPerville happy. Bill O'Reilly? Yeah. Whatever.

    January 23, 2014 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    -just saying

    hannity should be interviewing obama. i'd pay to see that one. but obama isn't man enough to do it.
    *********************
    hannity is only interested in slow-pitch questions to delta-minuses like Louie Goehmert, not people who can actually think on their feet.

    January 23, 2014 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    This should be entertaining. I'd like to see the President go offsides on him and commit a personal foul.

    January 23, 2014 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    "$10 says O'Reilly tries to spend the whole time on "Benghazi!!!!!!!" and the IRS."

    $10 says Kelly would do the same.

    January 23, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Malory Archer

    Tony

    BlackThought
    Why would he go all oreilly will do is yell and interrupt him.
    -–

    Not if Obama actually answers the questions being asked and does it without taking 15 minutes per answer. Obama blathers like nobody else.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    President Obama better speak slowly and in one-syllble words so o'really's mouth-breathing viewers are able to keep up!

    January 23, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    I wonder if O'Reilly will interrupt Obama 18(?) times in less than five minutes like he did during the first/last interview.

    January 23, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. IA

    Alright.....Sounds like good pre-game warmup to me. Go Seahawks!

    January 23, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. Wow

    Finally a REAL interview...CNN you might want to take some notes!!!!!!!

    January 23, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Silence DoGood

    @bobo
    O'reilly is the most Fair of All the people on FOX.... if you don't believe it.... watch him for one week.... see if what he says makes sense. I dare you!
    -----------
    FROM his own website and program: Bill says: " young black men commit homicides at a rate 10 times greater than whites and Hispanics combined" FBI stats put it at about 50/50. He is racist and a liar. He has no business interviewing Obama.

    January 23, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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