Obama And O’Reilly Square Off Prior To Super Bowl

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Obama and O'Reilly square off prior to Super BowlPresident Barack Obama addressed several hot-button issues, including the protests in Egypt and his unpopular healthcare law, during an interview with FOX News host Bill O'Reilly on Feb. 6.

In a much-hyped live telecast from the White House that aired during FOX's Super Bowl XLV coverage, Obama said that the United States will not force Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak — a longtime American ally — out of office, but he expects an "orderly but meaningful transition to a new government."

Regarding his healthcare legislation, which was ruled unConstitutional by a Federal judge in Florida last week, Obama said that he is not interested in re-fighting battles from the first two years of his presidency. He also rejected notions that the healthcare law is on the far left of the political spectrum or socialist, which many critics have claimed.

"If you get sick, you have a responsibility to make sure you get coverage. There's nothing socialist about that," he said. "That's saying to Americans we're going to, each of us, be responsible for our own healthcare."

Obama also dismissed accusations that he has shifted to the political center in an attempt to appeal to more Americans heading into the 2012 presidential elections. When asked by O’Reilly if he minded being "hated' by some Americans, the President said that people "who hate you don't know you."

When asked to pick a winner for the Super Bowl, Obama, would not name the Pittsburgh Steelers or Green Bay Packers. Some pundits have speculated that he did not want to choose a team in fear of alienating their large fan bases and losing their political support for his re-election campaign. 

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