President Biden will take part in an interview with CBS News to be broadcast just before the Super Bowl Sunday evening, the network announced.
The 46th commander-in-chief’s interview, which will be conducted by “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell, will air sometime in the 4 p.m. ET hour Sunday.
The pre-game presidential appearance follows the nearly 20-year tradition of commanders-in-chief sitting for interviews during the biggest night in football.
It is not clear whether the interview, described by CBS as “wide-ranging,” has already been filmed.
This year’s game will feature the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It will air Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET.
The first pre-Super Bowl interview was given by a commander-in-chief in 2004, when then-President George W. Bush made a pre-game appearance during CBS’ sports coverage.
The 43rd president did not conduct another pre-game interview during his White House tenure, however.
It was former President Barack Obama who truly turned the pre-game interview into a tradition, which former President Donald Trump continued.
It appears Biden plans to follow in their footsteps.
During Trump’s 2020 interview, conducted with Fox News host Sean Hannity, he railed against the House of Representatives for pursuing their first impeachment trial against him, and took shots at Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who was then leading the Democratic presidential primary.
Speaking about the impeachment proceedings, in which he was convicted in the House but acquitted in the Senate, the then-president called the experience “unfair.”
“Well, it’s been very unfair. From the day I won…from the day I came down from the escalator. It probably started from there. It’s been a very, very unfair process,” he said at the time.
“The Mueller report, Russia, Russia, Russia, as you say, which was total nonsense — it was all nonsense, the whole thing,” the president continued, referencing the special counsel probe into foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“It was very unfair, and mostly it was unfair to my family. I mean, my family suffered because of all this. And many other families suffered also. It’s a very serious thing and it should never happen to another president.”
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