A primetime for an interview to capture the nations attention was during the halftime of the Super Bowl in 2014. That interview was given by Bill O’ Reilly and he was questioning Barack Obama. For this piece I analyzed the last 11 minutes of the interview. All conversation topics were not included in the link, but the egotistical bias between both of the men gave an idea of how the rest of the interview went. The staunch opposition of O’ Reilly’s point of view was bounced off Obama many times. For example the issue of school vouchers, Obama stated areas where the voucher programs were unsuccessful. To counter that statement O’ Reilly simply says that those programs did in fact work to success. Based on the few minutes I saw and other issues that the two were conflicted about, this seemed to be more of an argument than it was an interview.
Although the interview was not correct formally or conversationally proper at all times, there were many overlaps of the president and O’ Reilly speaking at once, I admire that interview style of Bill O’ Reilly. Stern and not willing to take no for an answer, O’ Reilly hammered Obama about the issues and situations that were prevalent for his viewers. O’ Reilly’s shined through, speaking up for the best interest of certain groups and even acknowledging that he had not been treating the president with utmost fairness. When talking about paying for college, interesting side notes were given about Obama and O’ Reilly themselves. Apparently, both men found paying for college difficult and were employed as painters during the summer. The only difference is that O’Reilly did not have to take out student loans as opposed to Obama who said the painting wage was “simply not enough” to pay for college. The fact that Obama needed college loans and O’ Reilly claims to have not needed them, highlights the fact that O’ Reilly paints himself as self-reliant. In addition to that O’ Reilly accused Obama of not appreciated self-reliance and favoring “nanny” style big government spending to solve problems. The issue was well on display and it was obvious that O’ Reilly views the “nanny” style of government as another word for lazy people that conn you.