President Barack Obama has promised his first interview to Diane Sawyer following his widely-panned performance at the first presidential debate.
With Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan having gotten their first post-debate interview out of the way with Fox News pundit Sean Hannity, a sit-down with President Obama was inveitable: It was only a matter of whom the POTUS would sit with. The nod has gone to ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer, who next week will interview the president for the first time since the debate. TV Newser reports that portions of the interview will air on World News beginning October 10.
According to Politico, President Obama’s first post-debate interview with Sawyer will be his first with a national, English-language news program since the attack in Libya that saw the tragic death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Despite a positive Friday jobs report, President Obama is yoked with a poor debate performance and growing controversy over his handling of foreign policy.
President Obama has given campaign interviews to The View, David Letterman, The Today Show, Telemundo, and Univision, as well as regional affiliates in battleground states.
President Obama’s interview with Diane Sawyer will be part of the popular “Portrait of a President” series, which ABC conducted in 2008 profiling then-Senator Barack Obama and his GOP opponent, John McCain.