Which was more boring last night: the game or Bill O’Reilly’s pre-game interview with Barack Obama?
President Obama’s responsibility for the boring interview last night is minimal. His people knew there was no particular upside to sitting down with O’Reilly, but they didn’t have much choice. His network had the game, so he got the president. (The pre-Super Bowl presidential interview is a budding tradition that should be nipped.) O’Reilly’s performance is a different matter. In trying to channel the anger and frustration that many Republicans feel about the president’s “shiftiness” on his health-care law, Benghazi and IRS scrutiny of conservative groups, O’Reilly not only played to type but also made the president look as well prepared as (sorry) the Seahawks’ defense. Misdirection is often the best strategy in sports as it is in political interviews. But O’Reilly keeps running the same play.