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Bill O’Reilly Grills Obama On Obamacare, Benghazi, IRS In Tense Super Bowl Interview

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In a traditional pre-Super Bowl interview, President Barack Obama faced off with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, in a live broadcast before the big game. O’Reilly pushed Obama on major controversies that have faced his administration over the past several years.

O’Reilly led with the failures of Healthcare.gov, suggesting that President Obama had some awareness of the massive problems with the website before its debut on October 1.

“I don’t think I anticipated or anybody anticipated the degree of the problems with the Web site,” said the president.

O’Reilly then asked why Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius had not been fired, directly accusing her of pushing a system she knew to be faulty. Obama responded that “when we’re in midstream… we want to make sure that our main focus is: how do we make this thing work so that people are able to sign uup?”

The television host then turned to the attacks which took place over two years ago in Beghazi, Libya. He seemed frustrated by the president’s reluctance to answer whether intelligence mentioned “terror” or “terrorists” as the attack was taking place. Among many other accusations, Obama is accused of concealing the nature of the attacks from the American public.

O’Reilly also quizzed Obama on allegations that the IRS targeted conservative groups. (Investigations have shown that the IRS examined both liberal and conservative political groups, as they are supposed to do to assure proper tax-exempt status).

Obama said there was “not a smidgen of corruption” in the case.

“I mean these kinds of things keep on surfacing, in part because you and your TV station will promote them,” said Obama about the IRS accusations. He made a similar comment about Benghazi.

“O’Reilly’s questions were grossly, wholly ridiculous,” wrote The Weeks’ Marc Ambinder. “They don’t exist as legitimate questions except in the way that they justify the masturbatory self-indulgence of Fox News’ elite worldview, which increasingly, if not entirely, is self-pitying.”

But Fox’s own Howard Schulz said “it was a good outing, with a huge audience, for both men.”

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