In a testy war of words preceding the Super Bowl, President Obama spoke live with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly on a number of different hot button topics, most notably, the botched health care website, the IRS scandal and Benghazi.
O’Reilly began the interview by peppering Obama with questions about the controversial Affordable Care Act and the outages that plagued Healthcare.gov.
“We all anticipated there would be glitches,” Obama responded sharply. “But I don’t think I anticipated or anybody anticipated the degree of the problems of the website.”
“Why didn’t you fire Sebelius, the secretary in charge of this?” O’Reilly pressed. “Because I mean, she had to know after all those years, and all that money that it wasn’t going to work.”
“You know, my main priority right now is making sure that it delivers for the American people,” Obama said.
Later in the interview, O’Reilly pivoted to asking the president about the Benghazi terrorist attack scandal.
“Your detractors believe that you did not tell the world it was a terror attack because your campaign didn’t want that out,” O’Reilly zinged. “That’s what they believe.”
“And they believe it because folks like you tell them that,” Obama countered.
Watch the tense interview below: