For the final time as President of the United States, Barack Obama will sit down with CBS during the day of the Super Bowl to discuss the big game and politics.
Last year's interview focused on both his aims for the final stretch of his presidency and the ongoing DeflateGate scandal surrounding the eventual champion New England Patriots. The tone of the interview expects to feel different for this year's edition, however. First Lady Michelle Obama will join her husband, likely to converse about the last two terms as well as the final stretch of the presidency. Mrs. Obama has given few live interviews as First Lady, making this a landmark occasion.
Though Obama may face fewer queries regarding his politics, he will likely field some questions about the upcoming 2016 election. The Iowa Caucus wrapped up earlier in the week, with surprising results for both the Democratic and Republican parties. Sen. Ted Cruz nudged out real estate magnate Donald Trump, while on the other side of the aisle, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claimed a narrow victory over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The New Hampshire primary is up next, two days after the Super Bowl.
While certain policies and legislation have come to define Obama's presidency, he has also established himself as America's most sports-relevant leader. His annual March Madness ballot selections have become must-watch television. Last year, Obama declined to predict the winner between the Seahawks and Patriots, so don't expect him to pick between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.
However, the president hasn't shied away from commenting on his favorite teams, most of which hail from Chicago. Obama hosted the 1985 Bears at the White House as to make up for the team missing out on the opportunity after their victory in Super Bowl XX. Obama's love for Chicago sports hasn't gone unnoticed by rival teams. During the Green Bay Packers' title run during the 2010 season, team captain Charles Woodson used Obama's fandom as a rallying cry.
This year, Gayle King will conduct the interview. King currently works as the co-anchor of the CBS This Morning program and as the editor-at-large for O, the Oprah Magazine.
"It’s going to be the fastest seven minutes of my life," King told Variety.
She follows in the footsteps of Savannah Guthrie and Bill O'Reilly, who interviewed the president during the past two Super Bowls, respectively.
How to watch
When: Sunday, Feb. 7, 4 p.m. ET
Interviewer: Gayle King
Online: CBS Sports