A couple of hours earlier than the large recreation started, CBS aired the standard pre-game presidential interview. This time, it was anchor Norah O’Donnell’s flip to interview the president, and since he’s a Democrat, the journalist didn’t criticize or grill him in any respect, though that’s what her CBS colleague Margaret Brennan did to President Trump in 2019.
In reality, at one level she even flattered the the 78-year-old by evaluating him to NFL athletes!
As we previewed this weekend, these near-annual interviews have a predictable sample: Democrats usually get off straightforward, whereas Republicans get skewered. This yr was no completely different. There was just one semi-confrontational query if you happen to might name it that, the place O’Donnell requested Biden, “Are you able to do one thing by way of going to Moderna and Pfizer saying we want extra manufacturing?”
After a mix of different involved questions on COVID-19 comparable to can colleges reopen, “can we wait” for herd immunity, and if there will probably be a standard Tremendous Bowl subsequent yr, O’Donnell moved on to chatting in regards to the upcoming recreation. That’s when she stroked Biden’s ego by praising his [former] athleticism:
“So many individuals won’t know, that you simply have been as soon as a reasonably good receiver your self again within the day,” the journalist gushed, including, “However as a former receiver, which quarterback would you fairly have throw to you? Tom Brady or [Patrick] Mahomes?”
Evaluate this softball interview to the hard-hitting politics pushed interview Invoice O’Reilly gave to President Trump on the Tremendous Bowl, his first year in office.
Surprisingly sufficient, CBS did ask extra policy-driven inquiries to Biden on this identical interview, in segments that aired on Friday’s CBS’s Evening News and Face the Nation Sunday morning, however didn’t air throughout the recreation, though the community’s web site promised they might. O’Donnell requested about who was going to get the following spherical of stimulus checks, and elevating the minimal wage, however she additionally requested anti-Trump softballs, comparable to if “harmful and reckless” Trump ought to nonetheless obtain intelligence briefings, and if he would’ve voted to question President Trump as Senator. She additionally requested, “What’s your worst concern, if he continues to get these intelligence briefings?”
See all of the questions that aired throughout the Tremendous Bowl pre-game within the transcript beneath:
CBS’s The Tremendous Bowl Present
NORAH O’DONNELL: This Tremendous Bowl will probably be in contrast to any others. Do you suppose a yr from now there will probably be a Tremendous Bowl the place we will play in entrance of a stuffed stadium?
However there will probably be some home events taking place.
Individuals need to know when issues are going to be again to regular and the street forward is fairly daunting. To get herd immunity, Dr. Fauci has stated you need to have not less than 75% of Individuals vaccinated. We did the maths and on the present rated of 1.3 million doses a day, it is going to take virtually a yr to get there. Can we wait that lengthy?
Are you going to make use of them? (soccer stadiums to vaccinate)
You are President of the US, Commander in Chief. Are you able to do one thing by way of going to Moderna and Pfizer saying we want extra manufacturing?
Let’s flip to colleges. About 20 million American kids have not been within the classroom for practically a yr. There is a psychological well being disaster taking place. Girls are dropping out of the workforce, is that this a nationwide emergency?
Do you suppose it is time for varsity to reopen?
It is so exhausting for youths to not be taking part in sports activities now.
So many individuals won’t know, that you simply have been as soon as a reasonably good receiver your self again within the day.
However as a former receiver, which quarterback would you fairly have throw to you? Tom Brady or Mahomes?
You pondering the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs might win?