Just released: Bill Reilly will interview President Obama right before the Super Bowl pre game. O’Reilly interviewed Obama as a candidate but he has not interviewed him as president. The President has granted one interview with Fox News so far and that was with Brett Baier. Baier was not on his best behavior. In fact, he was very rude to the President and continually interrupted him.
O’Reilly is a much more skilled interviewer. According to Politico:
O’Reilly interviewed Obama as a candidate, but as president Obama has given just one interview to Fox News, last year with Bret Baier. The Obama Administration has had a famously contentious relationship with Fox News, with then-White House communications director Anita Dunn calling it “not a real news organization” in 2009, but the relationship has thawed someone over time as Obama administration officials went on shows like “Fox News Sunday.”
O’Reilly is smart. I don’t always like him but I have confidence that he will handle this situation as a professional commentator, if not journalist. This might just be an opportunity to see the President and the President both shine. It might be a great night for both Mr. O’s. O’Reilly can be very fox or he can outfox the foxes. I predict he will rise about all the Murdoch fox doo and conduct one hell of a good interview.
So is the President slumming or is this a great move for him? How about O’Reilly?