Prior to the Super Bowl, FOX News had an opportunity at the spotlight during FOX’s coverage of the Super-Bowl pregame when controversial anchor Bill O’Reilly had the opportunity to interview President Barack Obama, and ask him questions about problems such as health care and the situation in Egypt, which was held at the White House and was broadcasted live.
O’Reilly, who had big expectations this would become the most watched interview in history, asked about Egypt President Hosni Mubarak’s much anticipated departure. Obama said, “Only he knows what he’s going to do… The Egyptian people want freedom, and free and fair elections, Bill.”
O’Reilly asked Obama the same question he asked his predecessor, George Bush: “Does it disturb you that so many people hate you?” President answered, “The people who dislike you. They don’t know you–they hate whatever fun-house mirror image of you that’s out there.”
As for the health care issue, “I listen to you,” Obama said, referring to O’Reilly’s TV and radio work, “and what I hear you saying is, ‘Don’t make me pay for [other people’s] health care’… People shouldn’t have to go into debt [for their health care].” He said he denied “the notion that that’s a radical opinion.”
The interview ended with the classic question about who Obama will be rooting for. “Once my Bears lost, I don’t pick sides,” Obama said.