Before the Super Bowl last night, President Obama sat down with Fox News host, Bill O'Reilly, for a highly-anticipated 15 minute interview that covered Egypt, health-care reform, and the football game.
O'Reilly bragged before the event that it was going to be the most-watched interview of all time. While that's yet to be confirmed, the one-on-one conversation was certainly well received, and part two of the interview will air on O'Reilly's show tonight on Fox.
O'Reilly commented to Fox News this morning that "I got my questions in. I was suitably confrontational."
Even though Obama was interrupted more than 20 times, he was able to get his answers across in a thoughtful, articulate manner.
Will part two be more of the same?
We'll have to wait and see, but I wouldn't mind if it was. I thought the interview was a win-win for both sides and I left feeling like I knew a little more about Obama than I had before.
One of the most interesting questions O'Reilly asked was, "Does it disturb you that so many people hate you?"
The people who dislike you don't know you. The folks who hate you, they don't know you. What they hate is whatever funhouse mirror image of you that's out there. They don't know you. And so, you don't take it personally.
He goes on to talk about how the presidency requires a thick-skin. Today, O'Reilly says he still believes that Obama is thin-skinned, and a bit self-centered.
If you didn't see the interview last night, it's worth a watch. Obama stands firmly with Obamacare and says he disagrees with the Florida judge who ruled the law unconstitutional, and that "he's not prepared to go back to a day" when if you got sick, you could go bankrupt.
As far as the Super Bowl was concerned, Obama wasn't cheering for either team, he just wanted a good game.
Will you watch part two of the interview?
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