[See NewsBusters for more.] With Joe Biden’s popularity cratering, the White House finally announced on Tuesday that the President will submit to a pre-Super Bowl interview, talking to Nightly News anchor Lester Holt. (Previews of the interview will air on Thursday night.)The confirmation came late, just five days before the world-wide event. History has shown that Democrats like Barack Obama and Joe Biden enjoy super softballs before the big game. Before the 2009 game, then-Today host Matt Lauer enthused to Obama: “Has there been any surprise in terms about life in the White House? Is there something at the White House that you didn't think they had or doesn't have that you thought they did have?” Lauer, who hadn’t yet been accused of sexual harassment and abuse, enthused, “...Not only did you just become president, obviously that carries a certain amount of fame with it. But...you have achieved a...certain rock-star status outside of that.” Here's a montage of Lauer's 2009 Super Bowl softballs.
All of Matt Lauer's 2009 Super Bowl Softballs to Barack Obama