Obama Pre-Games the Super Bowl Like the Rest of Us: With Beer
Seven pre-game Super Bowl interviews into his presidency, President Obama just wants to show off his homemade beer.
The president talked to "Today" show co-host Savannah Guthrie in the White House kitchen on Sunday, before the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots took the field in Phoenix for Super Bowl XLIX.
"We make beer," said Obama, dressed in a lavender gingham shirt with the sleeves rolled up. "First president since George Washington to make some booze in the White House."
The traditional game day interview was a brief one, and NBC will air a longer, sit-down interview on Monday. So Guthrie's chat with Obama in the kitchen was mostly fluff and football metaphors. After gauging his opinion about "Deflate-gate" (Obama: "if you break the rules, you break the rules"), Guthrie asked the president why —with a terrible midterm election behind him and a GOP Congress before him—he seemed so confident during his State of the Union address last month.
"You laid out a bunch of proposals that you know can't get through Congress that's run by Republicans now," Guthrie said. "Isn't that counterproductive?"
"I disagree with that," Obama said. "Republicans that believe that we should be building our infrastructure—the question is how do we pay for it."
"But you're offering tax hikes for the wealthy," Guthrie continued, "Something that won't get through the Congress run by Republicans."
"My job is to present the right ideas," the president said. "If the Republicans have a better idea, they should present them."
With politics talk done, Obama and Guthrie turned to taste-testing a honey ale and playing a light game of either/or.
"Football or basketball?" Guthrie asked.
"I'm still a basketball guy, but I love football," Obama replied.
"Offense or defense?"
"Wings, or chips and guac?"
"That's tough. I'm going to go with chips and guac. I'm a fanatic about guac."
"Hillary or Joe Biden?" which prompted this reaction:
"Love 'em both," he said.
After sipping some beer with the commander-in-chief, Guthrie teased her forthcoming in-depth interview with a subject it's clear the network wanted to avoid on Super Bowl Sunday: "We'll talk about ISIS and whether it's really on the run."（英语原文来自NJ）