Bill O'Reilly grilled President Obama over health care reform, Benghazi and the IRS during a contentious interview on Sunday.
Obama sat down with O'Reilly at the White House, as part of an annual tradition in which the president gives a pre-game interview to the network that is airing the Super Bowl. O'Reilly went straight for questions about the botched Obamacare rollout.
The interview was combative — as was expected — with O'Reilly interrupting the president, Obama hitting out at Fox News and, at times, the two men talking over each other. O'Reilly pressed Obama on why he didn't fire Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius, and whether he was told the 2012 Benghazi attack was an act of terror.
"Bill, Bill, Bill... and I'm trying to explain it to you if you want to listen," Obama interjected as O'Reilly pressed back against his answer on Benghazi.
Later, when O'Reilly suggested that the president's critics believe his administration didn't initially designate the Benghazi attack as an act of terrorism because it would damage his campaign, Obama responded: "They believe it because folks like you are telling them that."
Some viewers criticized O'Reilly's line of questioning for mirroring the stories that Fox News has been focused on:
— Joy Reid (@TheReidReport) February 2, 2014
I take it back. Fox News is trimaniacal: Obamacare, then Bengazi & IRS next! O'Reilly is full of surprises!
— Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) February 2, 2014
"I've gotta get to the IRS, but..." O'Reilly on minute four of Benghazi questions.
— Stefan Becket (@stefanjbecket) February 2, 2014
The interview also drew fire from other viewers who thought the interview was trite.
Bill O'Reilly: Let me bring up a right-wing talking point.
Obama: Let me answer.
O'Reilly: Let me interrupt you b/c I don't like your answer
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) February 2, 2014
Obama and O'Reilly sound exhausted with each others' talking points.
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) February 2, 2014
Fox News fans: O'Reilly really showed Obama
Obama fans: Obama really showed O'Reilly
Everyone else: Let's switch to the Puppy Bowl
— Michael Roston (@michaelroston) February 2, 2014
O'Reilly's interview was announced earlier this month. It is the second time that the Fox News host has interviewed Obama on Super Bowl Sunday.