George Stephanopoulos, a former Democratic operative turned journalist, has scored an "exclusive" interview with Barack Obama. According to TV Newser, the taped conversation will appear on Tuesday's World News, Wednesday's Good Morning America and Nightline. If it's anything like Stephanopoulos's past interviews, it will contain a number of softball questions. [See a video montage below. MP3 audio here.]
On September 09, 2010, Stephanopoulos worried about how the job was impacting the President's family life: "You know, when you're going through these hard times, how much of it bleeds through to them? And how do you protect them from it?" He also highlighted a pastor in Florida who threatened to burn copies of the Koran. The anchor sympathized, "You're President of the United States. You have to deal with the fallout. And here's a pastor who's got 30 followers in his church. Does it make you feel helpless or angry?" In total, Stephanopoulos devoted 16 minutes to Obama.
On April 15, 2011, the GMA host offered the Democratic President an easy opportunity to complain about birthers: "I mean all of us have been struck by Donald Trump rising to the top of the Republican field by feeding fantasies about your background. What do you make of that?"
On October 3, 2011, Stephanopoulos gushed over Obama with this Entertainment Tonight-esque question: "Everyone wants to know, which websites do you surf?"
At that time, Obama's stance on gay marriage was still "evolving." Stephanopoulos gently probed the issue: "So you've said your position is evolving. You've said you've struggled with it. What more do you need to know?"
Will this latest interview offer many tough questions?