Obama to Go on Fox News Wednesday

President to sit down for interview on health care

Last Updated: March 16, 2010 @ 6:52 PM

President Obama is making sure America knows he’s serious about health care reform: he’s sitting down with Fox News.

The president is scheduled to appear on the cable channel on Wednesday in an interview with Bret Baier. The interview is scheduled to air at 6 p.m. ET.

Baier “will talk to the president about the latest on Obama’s top domestic priority, health care legislation, and also other issues facing the administration,” according to the network.

"Obviously they have a pretty big audience share and I think it’s safe to say that — a lot of members that are undecided are going to be — they watch and their constituents watch this news,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

It’s another example of thawing in what was once an icy relationship between Obama and Fox News. In November, Obama appeared on Fox in an interview with Major Garrett.

At the time, that interview had been the first since a well-documented rift between the administration and News Corp. network seemed to spin out of control.

Last fall, Anita Dunn, then-White House communications director, went on CNN to bash the network, and later told the New York Times, “We’re going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent.”

The feud escalated to a boiling point, with the administration declaring that President Obama wouldn’t appear on the network for the remainder of 2009.

That stance eventually softened, and Dunn eventually stepped down.

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