What has become an unfortunate annual intrusion on America's biggest night of sports and television, President Barack Obama will sit down for an exclusive interview during this Sunday's Super Bowl.
This year, since the game will be on NBC, the interview duties will fall to Today Show co-host Savannah Guthrie. She will be the first woman to interview the president before the Super Bowl since Katie Couric handled the duties in 2010. Guthrie's husband, Michael Feldman, is a former former Democratic political adviser and served as Vice President Al Gore’s traveling chief of staff during the 2000 presidential election campaign.
Last year's interview duties fell to Bill O'Reilly of the Fox News Channel. During the interview, Obama became quite animated when questioned over the IRS scandal. In the midst of a finger-pointing response to O'Reilly, the president claimed there wasn't "a smidgen of corruption" at the IRS.
BILL O'REILLY: Okay. So you don't recall seeing [Douglas] Shulman, because what some people are saying is that the IRS was used at a local level in Cincinnati, maybe other places to go after --
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Absolutely wrong.
O'REILLY: How do you know that because we still don't know what happened?
OBAMA: Bill, we do -- that's not what happened. Folks have again had multiple hearings on this. These kinds of things keep on surfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them. But --
O'REILLY: But aren't there some unanswered questions?
OBAMA: Bill, when you look at the stuff, there have been multiple hearings on it. What happened here was that you've got a 501(c)4 law people think is confusing. The folks did not know how to implement because it basically says --
O'REILLY: So you're saying there was no corruption there at all.
OBAMA: That's not what I'm saying.
O'REILLY: I want to know what you're saying. You're the leader of the country.
O'REILLY: You're saying no corruption, none?
OBAMA: There was some bone-headed decisions.
O'REILLY: Bone-headed decisions. But no mass corruption?
OBAMA: Not even mass corruption. Not even a smidgeon of corruption.
It will be interesting to see if Guthrie, who last interviewed Obama in 2013 when he made the failed argument for military action in Syria, will pursue any level of follow-up questions on the line of questioning O'Reilly pursued last year.