Obama, O'Reilly trade jabs in brief interview


McClatchy Washington Bureau

President Barack Obama engaged in a brief -- but contentious -- interview with outspoken conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly Sunday before the Super Bowl.

The 10-minute exchange that aired on FOX hours before the Super Bowl that include some tense moments.

O'Reilly asked Obama about the faulty implementation of the health care, the IRS targeting conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status and the White House response to the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.

Obama did not say anything he had not said before -- the health care website is working better, IRS was not a scandal and he almost immediately called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror even if some in his administration did not.

But he repeatedly pushed back at O'Reilly, saying "These kinds of things keep on surfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them."

O’Reilly asked Obama if it was 'the biggest mistake of your presidency to tell the nation ... you can keep your insurance?'

"Bill, you've got a long list of mistakes I’ve made,” Obama said. “This is one that I regret.”

Then, at the end of the interview, O’Reilly thanked Obama for his time.

"I know you think we haven’t been fair, but I think your heart is in the right place,” O’Reilly said.

Obama then predicted the final score of the Super Bowl would be 24-21, but did not say whether he thought the Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos would win.

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