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President Barack Obama will make a rare Sunday talk show appearance this weekend, appearing on NBC News’ Meet The Press with David Gregory. The interview will come at an important time for the country, which could go into recession again if no deal is made before the end of the year and the country goes over the ‘fiscal cliff.’
NBC made the announcement late Friday, noting that Gregory will ask the president about the fiscal cliff and potential challenges during his second term.
It will be Obama’s 11th appearance on the show and first since Sept. 20, 2009, when the president was fighting to get his health care reform passed.
As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the president has not done any interviews since he won re-election in November, aside from a sit-down with ABC’s Barbara Walters.
The president and Congress now have just three days to make a budget deal, but he is still confident that a deal can get done, he said during his weekly radio address, reports ABC News. If a deal is not made, automatic tax hikes and spending cuts will kick in. Letting that happen “would be the wrong thing to do for our economy,” Obama said.
“Congress can prevent it from happening if they act now,” Obama explained. “Leaders in Congress are working on a way to prevent this tax hike on the middle class, and I believe we may be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time.”
Obama met with Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R- Ky.) and House leaders Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday and told the press that they were cautiously optimistic that a deal could get done.