‘Meet the Press’ to Air Timely Interview with Obama on Sunday

by | December 29, 2012 at 11:20 AM | Meet the Press, TV News

President Obama (Photo: Getty Images)

NBC’s “Meet the Press” will end the year with a high-profile guest — the President of the United States.

In a rare (but not unprecedented) appearance by a sitting president on one of the Sunday morning political-affairs shows, President Obama will be seen on “Meet the Press” on Sunday (Dec. 30) in an interview with anchor David Gregory.

NBC announced the booking on Saturday morning. The interview was scheduled to be taped Saturday afternoon at the White House, NBC said.

Certainly, the timing of this interview has everything to do with the so-called “Fiscal Cliff.” The president and Congress are in the midst of intense negotiations aimed at averting it in these final days, if not mere hours, before financial changes are due to take place that are expected to recalibrate the economy and have a serious impact on ordinary Americans, particularly in the amount of taxes they’ll each pay in 2013.

Here’s how NBC News is positioning the interview, in its Saturday press release: “At a critical time for the fiscal cliff negotiations, David Gregory sits down exclusively with President Barack Obama in the final hours before the deadline. Where do things stand and is a compromise even possible?”

The president was last seen on “Meet the Press” on Sept. 20, 2009, when he was in the midst of a congressional battle over healthcare reform. Before he was president, Obama appeared on the show nine times. Premiering in 1947, “Meet the Press” is the longest-running show on TV.

“Meet the Press” airs Sunday mornings on NBC stations, but sometimes at different times, depending on the location. For example, it airs in Washington at 9 a.m., and New York City at 10:30 a.m. Check local listings.

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