Biden marketing campaign defends skipping Tremendous Bowl interview as a result of viewers ‘do not wish to hear from a politician’

  • Biden’s marketing campaign co-chair mentioned Biden is not doing Tremendous Bowl interview as a result of ‘individuals wish to take into consideration soccer’ and never politics
  • The president nonetheless launched a video on Sunday about ‘shrinkflation’, the place snacks and meals are smaller or include much less however value the identical 
  • Republicans on X blamed this phenomenon on Biden and his financial insurance policies 

Joe Biden is not doing the standard presidential pre-Tremendous Bowl interview – along with his crew insisting that is to permit viewers to deal with soccer as an alternative of ‘listening to from a politician.’

Regardless of this, the president launched a message on X the place he slammed ‘shrinkflation’ in in style snack meals in a pessimistic Tremendous Bowl Sunday message.

‘In the event you’re something like me, you prefer to be surrounded by a snack or two whereas watching the massive recreation,’ Biden mentioned in a 48-second video that gave the impression to be shot within the White Home household theater earlier than including: ‘When shopping for snacks for the sport, you might need seen one factor – portion sizes are smaller… they’re nonetheless charging simply as a lot.’

The video was launched simply after Biden’s marketing campaign co-chair Mitch Landrieu advised NBC Information that the president did not wish to seem on the air waves earlier than the Tremendous Bowl to permit individuals a break from politics when watching soccer.

President Joe Biden launched a Tremendous Bowl Day video on X complaining of ‘shrinkflation,’ a phenomenon the place the dimensions will get smaller however value stays the identical. The video was launched after the president refused to take part in a Tremendous Bowl Sunday interview
Conservatives on X lashed out at Biden’s message, claiming his financial insurance policies are guilty for large inflation and ‘shrinkflation’

‘Was it a mistake for him to not do the Tremendous Bowl interview, to overlook speaking to as many as 60 million individuals?’ Meet the Press host Kristen Welker requested Landrieu in a Sunday morning interview.

‘No, I do not suppose so,’ he replied. ‘I believe individuals actually wish to watch the Tremendous Bowl tonight and take into consideration soccer.’ 

‘They do not wish to hear from a politician. So I believe he made the suitable alternative for himself right now,’ Landrieu added.

Biden’s message on ‘shrinkflation’, nonetheless, did not resonate with Republicans on X, previously Twitter, who say the president is guilty for inflation, rising costs and firms shrinking their merchandise to chop their prices.

Far-right outlet Conservative Transient posted in response to Biden’s message: ‘In most likely essentially the most weird factor you may see this Tremendous Bowl Sunday, Joe Biden does business complaining in regards to the financial state of affairs he himself created!’

‘Joe Biden could not do a Tremendous Bowl interview as a result of it might have been handed (sic) his bedtime, however he did have time to put up a propaganda video hoping you will not understand shrinkflation is a results of inflation courtesy of Bidenomics,’ radio host Jason Rantz posted.

Steven Hasty wrote: ‘My response to the President – shrinkflation is actual, nevertheless it’s a results of Bidenomics.’

Biden, 81, determined to skip the standard sit-down interview forward of Sunday’s Tremendous Bowl for a second time.

The president going through a tricky reelection battle is snubbing an interview with CBS, the community broadcasting this 12 months’s massive recreation between the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers.

Selection first reported on the White Home ‘s choice, with communications director Ben LaBolt telling the outlet, ‘We hope viewers take pleasure in watching what they tuned in for – the sport,’ offering no additional clarification.

Final 12 months’s declination for an interview was attributed to the truth that conservative-leaning Fox Information was airing the sport and due to this fact requesting he sit down with them beforehand.

Biden determined to not sit down for an interview forward of Sunday’s Tremendous Bowl, which was a presidential custom. Pictured: Biden headlining a marketing campaign rally Sunday in Las Vegas, the place the Tremendous Bowl might be performed per week later
President Joe Biden participated within the interviews in 2021 and 2022. In 2021 he sat down with CBS’ Norah O’Donnell. CBS is broadcasting the Tremendous Bowl once more, however but the White Home declined the sit-down

Throughout 2021 and 2022 Biden participated within the Q&As, first with CBS’ Norah O’Donnell after which NBC’s Lester Holt. 

Former President Donald Trump skipped a pre-game interview too – although spent his early months in workplace battling the NFL over some gamers’ choices to kneel throughout the taking part in of the nationwide anthem, protesting racial inequality.

Now a candidate for the White Home once more, Trump indicated he would play ball and do the interview as soon as extra. 

‘Crooked Joe Biden has simply introduced that he is not going to be doing the massive Tremendous Bowl Interview. A terrific choice, he cannot put two sentences collectively,’ Trump commented on Fact Social Monday. ‘I WOULD BE HAPPY TO REPLACE HIM – could be ‘RATINGS GOLD!” the ex-president and 2024 hopeful mentioned.

Later in an interview with conservative podcaster Dan Bongino, Trump reiterated the provide.

‘He cannot do it as a result of he cannot speak,’ Trump mentioned of the president’s refusal. ‘I am going to take his spot on the Tremendous Bowl if they need, we’ll get superb rankings,’ the ex-president added.  

General, Biden has shied away from media publicity, opting to reply questions from reporters in much less formal settings – akin to when he exits the White Home to board Marine One on the South Garden.  

He did not take part in a year-end press convention in 2023 – and rarely sits down for tv or print interviews. 

Biden’s final two tv interviews had been alongside first girl Jill Biden and had been with Al Roker throughout the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and with Ryan Seacrest for his New 12 months’s Eve program. 

Earlier than that, his most up-to-date substantial sit-down was a 60 Minutes interview with Scott Pelley, which aired in mid-October.

Former President Donald Trump reacted to President Joe Biden’s choice to skip the Tremendous Bowl interview by saying it was a ‘nice choice’ as a result of ‘he cannot put two sentences collectively,’ and volunteered to take Biden’s place

Biden participated in 86 interviews throughout his first three years in workplace, based on numbers compiled by Martha Kumar, an emeritus political science professor at Towson College, who research White Home communications.

That is in comparison with 300 interviews that Trump participated in and 422 that President Barack Obama did throughout their first three years within the White Home.

With sluggish polls and the Republican main wrapping up, with former President Donald Trump the probably GOP nominee, some Democrats are fearful that Biden taking part in it protected will not be sufficient. 

‘He is most likely attempting to keep away from powerful questions on Gaza and the border, however I believe he is making a mistake,’ one Democratic strategist advised, who declined to be named. 

‘This needs to be a possibility for him to hammer Home Republicans for blocking support to Israel and tanking a bipartisan immigration deal,’ the supply adde. ‘He must be taking part in offense as a result of he will not have the ability to marketing campaign from the basement once more.’

Different Democrats did not view it as a missed alternative.

‘There are three variety of people that watch the Tremendous Bowl. Those that care in regards to the precise recreation, those that care in regards to the commercials and people who care in regards to the halftime present. I’ve but to fulfill the viewers that cares in regards to the presidential interview,’ identified Democratic strategist Rodell Mollineau, a accomplice at Rokk Options.

President Joe Biden (proper) sat down with NBC’s Lester Holt (left) for an interview in February 2022, a few of which aired earlier than the Tremendous Bowl that 12 months. Biden’s snub of the Tremendous Bowl interview final 12 months was attributed to Fox Information making the ask

Biden, nonetheless, is probably lacking out on an excellent greater voting bloc this 12 months by skipping the interview.

Whereas there’s at all times enormous curiosity within the Tremendous Bowl, this 12 months’s recreation will even appeal to legions of ‘Swifties’ as Taylor Swift’s boyfriend, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce, might be on the sector, and he or she’s anticipated to attend. 

Swift jumped into politics in 2018, endorsing Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen in Tennessee. 

She publicly backed Biden in 2020. 

Allies of Trump are already fretting about her endorsing Biden in 2024 now that Swift has reached mega-stardom. 

Rolling Stone reported final week that MAGA world is getting ready a ‘holy battle’ in opposition to the pop star. 

Fox Information host Jesse Watters floated final month that Swift was a ‘entrance for a covert political agenda.’ 

He mentioned on his primetime present that ’round 4 years in the past, the Pentagon’s phychological operations unit floated turning Taylor Swift into an asset.’  

Pentagon spokesperson Sabrina Singh responded to the wild declare by saying in an announcement, ‘as for this conspiracy concept, we’re going to shake it off.’

Former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy – who dropped out of the race and endorsed Trump – floated on X in late January that the Tremendous Bowl might be rigged within the Chiefs’ favor to help Biden’s reelection effort. 

‘I ponder who’s going to win the Tremendous Bowl subsequent month. And I ponder if there is a main presidential endorsement coming from an artificially culturally propped-up couple this fall,’ Ramaswamy mused. ‘Just a few wild hypothesis over right here, let’s examine the way it ages over the subsequent 8 months.’  


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