It has been reported by CBS News that Vice President Joe Biden has decided not to participate in the customary interview with the sitting president of the United States of America that takes place during the Super Bowl. Over the course of the previous year, the White House appeared to be on the verge of reaching a consensus; however, negotiations with Fox regarding Biden’s appearance finally failed.
Tens of millions of people have watched the annual interview with the president that takes place during the Super Bowl. This has been the case up until these two years.
A representative for the White House named Ben LaBolt was quoted as saying, “We hope viewers enjoy watching what they tuned in for — the game,” according to Variety, which was the first publication to disclose the story.
The choice to skip the large platform in favor of an interview with CBS continues a pattern in which Vice President Biden has made fewer press appearances as president than previous commanders-in-chief. While it appeared that the decision to not speak with Fox News was due to the ongoing animosity between Democrats and the conservative news outlet Fox News, the choice to opt for an interview with CBS continues this pattern.
previous Vice President Joe Biden’s previous boss, President Barack Obama, initiated the practice of doing presidential interviews at the Super Bowl on an annual basis in 2009. There have been interviews conducted by former presidents in the past, such as George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, in connection with the Super Bowl; however, these interviews were not conducted annually. Hillary Clinton’s use of a post-game episode of “60 Minutes” from 1992 to refute rumors of infidelity was one of such instances.
The news that President Biden will not be participating in the traditional pre-Super Bowl interview was initially published on TheWrap.
President Joe Biden will once again abstain from participating in a pregame interview for the Super Bowl, which has become a yearly practice for subsequent presidents.
Presidents have historically attempted to capitalize on the large number of people who watch the main football event, which is why Biden’s choice is especially noteworthy in a year when elections are taking place.
When the game was shown on NBC and CBS, Vice President Biden was present, however he did not attend the Super Bowl broadcast on Fox the previous year. For this year’s game, it will be broadcast on CBS on February 11th. After the news was initially reported by Variety, the White House confirmed to POLITICO that Vice President Biden would be choosing not to participate in an interview.
A spokesperson for the White House, Ben LaBolt, issued the following statement to the entertainment outlet: “We hope viewers enjoy watching what they tuned in for — the game.”
As a result of his harsh criticism of both the network’s reporting and the National Football League (NFL) regarding player protests during the playing of the national anthem, former President Donald Trump did not participate in an interview with NBC during his presidency in 2018.
During his time as president, Barack Obama initiated the practice of participating in a formal before televised interviewing session.
The average number of viewers who tune in to watch the Super Bowl is in the tens of millions, which is a significantly larger audience than the president can anticipate from the majority of his media appearances. With around 115 million viewers, the game established a new record in the year 2023.
Taylor Swift, a music star who supported Joe Biden in 2020, was the subject of a conspiracy theory that gathered popularity on the right in the days leading up to this year’s Super Bowl. It has been argued by prominent conservative personalities, such as Vivek Ramaswamy, who was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in the past, that the game is rigged in favor of Swift’s boyfriend, Travis Kelce, who is a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, in order to provide Swift with an ideal platform to offer an endorsement.