President Biden is sitting out the Tremendous Bowl for the second yr in a row.
CBS stated on Saturday that the White Home had turned down a request for Mr. Biden to take part in a televised interview with its information division, which might have aired within the extremely rated hours forward of the massive recreation on Feb. 11.
In a convention courting to 2009, presidents have recorded an interview with the community that broadcasts the Tremendous Bowl, though there have been exceptions. Donald J. Trump didn’t seem on NBC in 2018. Final yr, Mr. Biden declined to look on Fox, house of cable hosts like Sean Hannity who’re sharply hostile towards him.
However the White Home has been receptive to CBS Information up to now. The president was interviewed by the “CBS Night Information” anchor Norah O’Donnell forward of the 2021 Tremendous Bowl, and he participated in two prolonged “60 Minutes” items, in 2022 and 2023, with the correspondent Scott Pelley.
“We hope viewers take pleasure in watching what they tuned in for — the sport,” Ben LaBolt, the White Home communications director, stated in a press release on Saturday.
The Tremendous Bowl, sometimes the most-watched telecast of the yr, affords an unusually massive viewers for a sitting president to deal with present occasions and advance his agenda to the general public.
And there’s loads of information for Mr. Biden to touch upon. Beginning on Friday, the US carried out navy strikes in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. Three American troopers had been killed final Sunday in Jordan. The federal government simply launched a constructive jobs report. And Mr. Biden is ramping up his re-election marketing campaign as Mr. Trump has moved nearer to clinching the Republican nomination.
In 2021, Mr. Biden’s pregame interview with Ms. O’Donnell was seen reside by about 10.2 million viewers; hundreds of thousands extra considered clips that aired on different CBS applications within the days surrounding the sport.
For this yr’s occasion, CBS supplied the White Home about quarter-hour for an interview with Mr. Biden, with three to 4 minutes airing reside through the pregame protection on the community, in keeping with an individual conversant in the discussions.
Mr. Biden has performed fewer media interviews than his most up-to-date predecessors. The president’s final main community interview occurred in October, with Mr. Pelley of CBS. His State of the Union tackle is scheduled for March 7.
Katie Rogers contributed reporting from Washington.