Part of the Super Bowl tradition—at least when the Super Bowl is aired on Fox—is the semi-uncomfortable meeting of the minds between President Barack Obama and Fox News maestro Bill O'Reilly. Two hours before kick-off, the two men sat down for a brief-ish interview that spanned some unexpected topics like Obamacare and Benghazi.
The two sparred, occasionally pausing to (try to) summon some goodwill, before not finding any middle ground on the issues all over again. If you watched the last one in 2011, you might notice a trend here. Here's a small excerpt:
O'Reilly: "You understand that a lot of Americans feel that you're a big government liberal who wants to intrude on their personal freedom?"
Obama (tittering): "A lot of folks who watch you, Bill, believe that!"
O'Reilly: "They think (that) way worse than me."
Obama: "I've got to give you credit, you've got a pretty big viewership...so you're pretty persuasive."
Fast-forward to this year's interview. The topic, instead of personal liberties, was Benghazi:
O'Reilly: "You're detractors believe that you did not tell the world it was terror attack because your campaign did not want that out."
Obama: "And they believe it because folks like you are telling them that. It's inaccurate."
You get the picture. The full interview between the two men will air tomorrow night.
Here's the video of the shorter Super Bowl version.
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