In addition to the game itself, another much-planned-for event took place this past Super Bowl Sunday, one that has naturally incited all sorts of reaction and commentary from numerous points of view. I’m speaking of the “Super O” exchange, otherwise known as Bill O’Reilly’s one-on-one live interview with President Obama.
Many viewers, along with plenty who likely didn’t watch the interview at all, might already have their minds made up as to what they think of the entire meeting, based primarily on their respective opinions of the two men themselves. I call this unfortunate, as I believe the interview is well worth a prejudice-free watching.
All things considered, this “Super O” interview is a success in my book, as both O’s deserve fair and ample credit. Mr. O’Reilly steered the conversation effectively, being politely confrontational while still presidentially respectful. Mr. Obama spoke with some refreshing candor and somewhat informal style, while conveying his points clearly and not managing to “run out the clock” as anticipated. Mr. O’Reilly’s “interruptions” saved this from happening, of course, keeping the mutual dialogue engaging, extemporaneous and even mildly entertaining.
Watch the interview here for yourself, if you haven’t already. Then, and only then, read some of the post analysis. I’ll be glad to hear what you think.
Simple conclusion: High marks for both O’s, politics aside. And that’s my opinion.