It’s ironic that the much ballyhooed football Super Bowl game was played last Sunday, the same day as the much ballyhooed Bill O’Reilly interview with President Obama.
The Denver Broncos, led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, were expected to put on a dazzling offensive show, but the Seattle Seahawks dominated the game with their backs and receivers running through the Bronco defense with ease, seldom being touched and dodging would-be or ineffective tacklers.
The same thing happened with the O’Reilly interview. O’Reilly, a skilled and experienced interviewer asked the president questions that were on the minds of a majority of concerned citizens, but Obama displayed the same skills as Seattle players in being able to get through the interview without being tackled, stopped or brought to the ground.
Obama not only is a skilled speaker but also is just as skilled, perhaps even more so, in dodging and not answering specific questions. Granted, Obama, as president of the world’s most powerful and free nation, enjoys a favorable playing field, or home field advantage.
Nevertheless, Americans have every reason to expect the president to be open and honest with the public. He promised this honesty and openness in his first campaign for the presidency. Unfortunately, he didn’t answer O’Reilly’s questions with a “yes” or “no.” He hedged on every question and, based on his first five years in office, there certainly are enough situations that give the public reason to question whether the president is as honest as he should be in explaining and defending his actions. Can the public trust the president?
In the presidential interview, the president failed to provide details and information that would give the public reason to believe they were getting honest answers to serious questions that reflect on this country’s reputation, as well as the reputation of the president.
There was no question that the Seattle team dominated and won the Super Bowl game, which followed the O’Reilly interview.
Obama remains one of this country’s most accomplished artful dodgers, but in the process, what is he doing to the country? The public is learning, day by day, just what his promise or pledge of bringing about fundamental changes to the nation actually means. It is not promising.