All right, sports fans, get your cheese heads and your terrible towels ready. Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner, and since I can't stand the Steelers and my Chargers have been out of the running for quite some time, the most exciting thing I'm looking forward to is Bill O'Reilly's interview with the president during the Super Bowl pre-game show.
Finally, Obama will come down from his ivory tower and appear on the nation's No. 1 news network. That's right, No. 1. Fox News might be hated by some, but millions tune in every night. Put that in your pipe, CNN. Now, as most of you probably already know, this will be O'Reilly's second interview with Obama. He first appeared during the election campaign back in 2008. Apparently, when you're running for president it's OK to go on Fox, but after you've won you're too cool.
I'm anxious to see if either Obama or O'Reilly hold back. I know O'Reilly is "looking out for you," but I find it hard to believe that he would interrupt the president like he does most of his guests. I'm sure he'll be respectful, but I hope he puts Obama through the ringer just as he would any other wishy-washy guest. I'm also hopeful that O'Reilly makes Obama answer the questions directly and doesn't allow him to dance around them. The people deserve answers, and O'Reilly understands that.
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I think we can rule out any sports questions since Obama's White Sox incident, where he couldn't name his favorite player. I'd blame the kerfuffle on nerves, but it was the easiest question in the book: "Who was your favorite player growing up?" Come on. He should have seen that coming. Hmm, I'm at a baseball game; they'll probably ask me a baseball question.
One question I'm crossing my fingers for is how Obama could say Fox News is "destructive." The president has bashed FNC on more than one occasion, always on the defensive. Obama has felt FNC is basically out to get him – and his little administration, too. First of all, this isn't "The Wizard of Oz," and FNC isn't the Wicked Witch of the West. No one is out to get the president, but if he and his administration screw up, someone should call them on it. He can't expect his mistakes to go unnoticed.
This is what I don't understand. I feel like Obama wants people to take it easy on him because he's the new guy. It doesn't work like that. You have to clean up the mess you've made on top of the mess that was left for you. Every president has been faced with that challenge. If you're going to add trillions to an already over-the-top deficit, get ready for battle because the people are going to be furious. If you're going to force people to purchase health care even though it's unconstitutional, grab a shield and prepare for the worst.
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I'm so sick of this "I'm doing what's best for the people" bologna. Get over yourself. No one is naive enough to think that they alone know what is best for the people without even asking the people – especially when you draft a law that is so long only four people in your administration actually read it … collectively.
O'Reilly knows what he's doing; he obviously doesn't need me, but so much rests on this interview its hard not to feel nervous. So many questions need answers, and he only has moments to pose those questions. For instance, why hasn't Obama done anything about illegal immigration like he said he would? Why doesn't he support Arizona's efforts to keep their borders safe? He hasn't done squat about illegal aliens, yet he shunned Arizona for stepping up. Why did Obama introduce abortion into the health-care law when he said he would not? Why does he only identify with his African-American heritage when he's half white, too? And why does Obama feel threatened by FNC?
My fingers are crossed for O'Reilly. I know he'll do a great job, but I thought that about my Chargers, too, and look what happened. People will remember this interview. And I hope it's when they are at the voting booth. My dose of honesty: Obama better get his ducks in a row come Sunday morning. It's game time, and he's kept us waiting far too long.