*President Barack Obama made his scheduled appearance on Fox News Wednesday to argue the case for health care reform in enemy territory. However, the headlines from the interview with Bret Baier have to do with the president’s opinion of Tiger Woods.
Obama was told that viewers were emailing to ask his view about Woods ending his five month sex scandal-induced golf hiatus at next month’s Masters in Augusta.
“You know, I think that Tiger has acknowledged that he betrayed his family and that’s a personal issue that he has got to work out,” Obama said. “I hope they have worked it out, I’m sure he is going to still be a terrific golfer.”
As for health care reform legislation, Obama said he is “confident” it will pass because “it’s the right thing to do.”
“Look, on a whole host of these measures, whether it’s health care, whether it was fixing the financial system, whether it’s making sure that we passed the Recovery Act, I knew these things might not be popular, but I was absolutely positive that they were the right thing to do and that, over time, we would be vindicated in having made those tough decisions,” said the president.
“I think health care is exactly the same thing. I’ve got a whole bunch of portraits of presidents around here, starting with Teddy Roosevelt, who tried to do this and didn’t get it done. The reason that it needs to be done is not its affect on the presidency. It has to do with how it’s going to affect ordinary people who right now are desperately in need of help.”
Baier repeatedly interrupted the president during the interview; at the end of their exchange, Baier apologized for the interjections, explaining that he wanted to “get more bang for buck.”
Watch the entire interview below: