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

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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.

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  1. The Real Tom Paine


    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!
    Makes sense relative to what? The other hosts, or the general population that is not suffering from whatever psychosis he happens to have that day? He makes about as much sense as a screen door in a submarine.

    January 23, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. TONE

    O'reilly did interview the President before, and i recalled that it was before a superbowl just cannot remember which, and he (O'reilly) to some extent showed his.......................

    January 23, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Ah, the Super Bowl parking lot. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing between now and Super Sunday. They complained about snow removal in NYC yesterday, actually it was mostly just the upper east side where most of Trump's buildilngs are now located.

    They have these massive snow melting trucks that use jet engines to melt snow. You see them in places like Time Square, and other large intersections, every time it snows. I'll give you one guess where the jet-powered snow melters were. Yup, they used them to clear the Super Bowl parking lot.

    January 23, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. ProudDem

    just saying

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

    Jeez....he's doing an interview on GOP TV and you're still not happy....

    January 23, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Wow

    Since my posts are not getting past the moderator let me try another way...see n n, you might want to take notes because you will see how to conduct a REAL interview....

    January 23, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC


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

    "$10 says Kelly would do the same."
    Don't y'all mean $10,000?

    January 23, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    O'Reilly will give Obama a break, just like all of the media do.........none has the guts to ask the tough questions. Not one.

    January 23, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Richard Long

    MSNBC or CNN needs to be doing the Obama interview, not Faux News!!!

    They need to make sure that:
    – Obama's handlers get all the questions beforehand so the answers can be prepared and practiced.

    – the Teleprompter is properly set outside of camera-view

    – softball questions are presented like, "how was Hawaii?" Or "how is Helle Thorning Schmidt doing?" Or "is the family excited for their upcoming vacation in Italy?"

    – "real" questions like
    "why was the ObamaCare website such a debacle?" or
    "Why was the IRS targeting investigation lead by a major Obama campaign contributor"
    "why haven't the leaders of the 'spontaneous group of protestors angry about the YouTube video' have been caught yet" or
    "what deal was really cut with Iran?"
    "how does it feel to have the highest Food Stamp participation rate in decades?" or
    "if the economy is so good, why do we have the lowest workforce participation rate in decades"
    any other ObamaFails should be avoided.

    Wonder how many millions will be spent on ObamaCare commercials, especially during prime/most-expensive advertisement time.

    January 23, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "watch him for one week.... see if what he says makes sense. I dare you!"

    The last time I watched Bill O'Reilly was perhaps 8 years ago. He looked straight into the camera and suggested I (his viewers) should watch ONLY Bill O'Reilly because in his words "he's the only one looking out for the folks". Needless to say thoughts of propaganda came to mind.

    I immediately turned him off and never returned.

    Feel free to play along with Bill. Don't expect others to follow you though.

    January 23, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. just saying

    Silence DoGood
    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.

    got some facts to refute what he says? didn't think so. hey, sometimes the truth hurts. suck it up and take it like a man.

    January 23, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    "Don't y'all mean $10,000?"

    Seems to me it was Mr. Uppity 'cheesy grits' that offered the bet,
    "Y'all" doesn't bet.....well, not his own money anyway.

    January 23, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Gunderson

    Now all you want to know who O'Reilly. Well old Gunderson not tell you. Besides. The Interview over your head anyway.

    January 23, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Don't y'all mean $10,000?"


    I can't vouch for Sniffit, Rudy ... but I'm into post retirement income these days; or what I like to call my "pulled myself up from my bootstraps and am enjoying the rewards" days.

    Not that I could ever afford a $10,000 bet either before or after retirement.

    January 23, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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