President Obama sits down for his first Fox News Sunday interview since being elected president.
Chris Wallace travels to Chicago where the interview will take place tomorrow at the University of Chicago. President Obama is speaking at the Law School, where he once taught, to discuss the importance of confirming Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Wallace last interviewed President Obama (pictured) on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 to discuss the situation in Syria. Five other network anchors also took part in the back-to-back interviews. Obama previously appeared on FNS in 2008, when he was senator.
At today’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked about the interview: “Mr. Wallace has a well-established reputation for asking tough questions, so I don’t think anybody’s expecting a softball interview here. But I also think that there’s some important issues to talk about. And the President is certainly looking forward to a thoughtful and serious conversation about some of these important issues,” Earnest said.
This is the president’s first interview on Fox News since 2014. Fox News Sunday re-airs twice on Sunday on the cable channel. This month marks the 20th anniversary of Fox News Sunday, which debuted with the late host Tony Snow on April 28, 1996. Wallace has moderated the show for 12 years. FNS is having its highest-rated year ever in total viewers in the history of the show. The program is up +28 percent vs. last year, and is showing the most total viewer growth of the Sunday shows.