7:18 am February 7, 2011, by ctucker
The much-hyped pre-game interview with President Obama was a slow-scoring game, but the president got the better of it. It started off with Obama having “home-field advantage.” The interview featured a relaxed Obama in the White House, with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly starting the interview by thanking Obama for his administration’s rescue of Fox News journalists who had been detained in Egypt.
Of course, the State Department would work to rescue American journalists. But given the day-in, day-out tone of White House coverage of Obama, you’d think he’d rather see Fox News journalists shot.
I think Obama scores points anytime he sits for a Fox interview, because independents (the few who watch Fox) see a guy who isn’t afraid to walk into the lion’s den. But Obama was particularly deft in this interview. If I may switch sports metaphors, O’Reilly didn’t lay a glove on him.
Political commentary from Pulitzer Prize winner Cynthia Tucker of The AJC
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