On Super Bowl Sunday, tailgaters were treated to a somber pregame interview on CBS and a Biden virtual appearance at the big game itself.
Highlights From Biden’s Super Bowl Sunday Interview.
Biden’s CBS exclusive—his first major network interview since taking office—aired in part before Super Bowl LV.
Never miss an opportunity for “unity”: If you had forgotten for one solitary second that everything the Biden team can’t accomplish is Donald Trump’s fault, that’s still the message.
“The circumstance relating to how the administration was handling Covid was even more dire than we thought,” Biden told Norah O’Donnell.
“The Trump administration,” O’Donnell quickly interjected.
“We thought they had indicated there was a lot more vaccine available,” Biden said. “And it didn’t turn out to be the case. So that’s why we’ve ramped up every way we can.”
A genuine national emergency: The departure of millions of women from the workforce and the continued closure of schools “is a national emergency. It genuinely is a national emergency,” Biden said.
Biden sparred with former president Donald Trump on the issue of school closures during the 2020 campaign, characterizing Trump’s reopening push as “Not that many of you are going to die, so don’t worry about it.” Back in November, establishment media finally admitted that the catastrophe of long-term school closures turned out to be correct even though Trump said it.
On China: When asked about his relationship with China’s Xi Jinping, Biden replied that “very bright” Xi doesn’t have a democratic bone in his body—but that’s “not a criticism, just a reality.”
What could have been: Biden confessed he once dreamed of being a professional football player. “I had wild dreams, it wasn’t to be president, I thought I could be a flanker back in the NFL.” (At least 70 million Americans also wish he could have.)
And the crowd goes wild: Booing could be heard in the background of video taken as the pregame message aired on a Jumbotron—with little pause for the requested moment of silence.