Are you ready for some political football? For the fourth straight year President Obama will do a live interview on the network hosting the Super Bowl, offering him a chance to speak directly into the homes of tens of millions of Americans gathered to watch the big game.
His chat this year with NBC's Matt Lauer will air during the network's pregame show, about two hours before kickoff in the game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants.
Lauer also did the interview with Obama in 2009, barely more than a week into his presidency. That interview began as a discussion of some of the excitement that marked his first days in office and the transition for him and his family to life in the White House. But it was otherwise a mostly forward-looking discussion of the challenges ahead.
"How much worse is the economy going to get, Mr. President, before it gets better?" Lauer asked.
"I think we're going to be in for a tough several months," Obama said. "It's going to take a number of months before we stop falling, and then a little bit longer for us to get back on track."