Biden Skipping Another Major Interview

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – The White House informed Variety on Sunday that President Joe Biden will not be participating in the traditional pregame interview for this year’s Super Bowl, a practice previous incumbents have often utilized to enhance their visibility and polling figures.

“The main attraction for viewers is the game itself, and we hope they enjoy it,” stated White House spokesperson Ben LaBolt to the media outlet. For the second consecutive year, Biden has opted out of the pre-Super Bowl interview, deviating from a long-standing tradition. This event typically attracts a large audience and significant interest because of its prominent position. CBS News, which is broadcasting Super Bowl LVIII on February 11, acknowledged that while there had been conversations with the White House, they did not culminate in an interview setup.

The decision to omit the presidential interview from the Super Bowl pregame events is particularly striking given the context of the impending 2024 presidential race and recent pivotal developments, including U.S. military actions in the Middle East and a deeply polarized political climate.

This year’s Super Bowl discussions also include a unique angle involving pop icon Taylor Swift, who openly supported Biden in the 2020 elections. Some conservative voices, like former GOP presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy, have floated a conspiracy theory suggesting that the game’s outcome might be manipulated in favor of the Kansas City Chiefs. This speculation is fueled by the personal connection between Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce and Swift, hinting at a possible stage for Swift to publicly back Biden during one of the year’s most-watched television events.

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