This Sunday’s Super Bowl LV may be a battle of the quarterbacks – between GOAT Tom Brady and future GOAT Patrick Mahomes – but it’s US President Joe Biden who is hoping to get the most points.
To take advantage of the most watched sporting event in the US to reach tens of millions of dollars in national audiences, Biden will be featured in a pre-recorded interview on CBS ahead of the competition between Tamba Bay Buccaneers and defending champion Kansas City Chiefs. Last year’s Super Bowl was watched by an estimated 99.9 million Americans – a crowd the White House is hoping to reach to promote Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package.
On the agenda
Excerpts from the interview show how Biden talks about the possible inclusion of a stand-alone minimum wage proposal of US $ 15 in the COVID-19 economic relief plan and why predecessor Donald Trump “has no need” to receive the intelligence information.
“It’s an audience that won’t just be true believers,” Thomas Alan Schwartz, a scholar for the President of Vanderbilt University, told US News. “The Super Bowl is one of the secular national holidays that promote unity. The idea is that we all love to watch the game. It’s an opportunity to reach an audience that would otherwise be difficult to find. “
Dogs in battle
Biden also covered the competition. During Sunday’s Puppy Bowl XVII – the fuzzy alternative to the Super Bowl where noisy pups play in a model stadium – Biden’s German Shepherds Champ and Major will appear along with First Lady Jill Biden in a public announcement about wearing masks.
“Please keep wearing your masks even when you walk your dog, right?” Says Jill in the message.
While previous presidents called victorious coaches to attend the celebration, it was George W. Bush who began the tradition of a Super Bowl interview.
“I think it’s going to be very close competition, but what the hell do I know? I’m just the president, ”Bush told CBS commentator Jim Nantz in 2004.
After his re-election in 2013, Democratic President Barack Obama was harassed by then Fox News host Bill O’Reilly over the site’s rollout campaigns for his Obamacare health plan and the militant attack on the US site in Benghazi, Libya.
In a 2019 interview with CBS Face the Nation, Donald Trump admitted that it would be “difficult” for his son Barron to play American football, suggesting the association of the “dangerous sport” with brain trauma. He skipped the interview last year.