769 days after Barack Obama promised to appear on Fox News Sunday sometime in March of 2006, he will make good on the promise this weekend. Thus, Chris Wallace and company can end the now-famous “Obama Watch” countdown clock marking the number of days since his promise for an interview.
A report on it from The Caucus:
Chris Wallace must have some important questions for Barack Obama. After all, the â€œFox News Sundayâ€ host has had 769 days to dream them up.
Five weeks after Mr. Wallace introduced â€œObama Watch,â€ a weekly countdown clock marking the number of days since he said Mr. Obama had committed to an interview, the Fox News Channel announced Thursday that the Democratic presidential candidate would appear on its Sunday morning public affairs show this weekend.
In an interview, Mr. Wallace said Mr. Obama had agreed to an interview in March 2006, but had not followed through.
â€œWe had been trying very quietly for the intervening two years to try to get him to come on,â€ he said. â€œEventually I came to the feeling that we were being played. They were saying â€˜we are going to do it,â€™ â€˜we absolutely intend to do it,â€™ and they werenâ€™t doing it.â€
So Fox found a visible way to push for an interview: an â€œObama Watchâ€ graphic, complete with the tick-tock sound and split-screen effect used on the Fox counterterrorism drama â€œ24.â€ It debuted on March 16 at â€œ730 days, 13 hours, 53 minutes, and 18 seconds.â€ Every week since, he has reminded the audience of the standing invitation to Mr. Obama.
So did it have an effect? Mr. Wallace said the conversations about an interview became more serious after the â€œObama Watchâ€ started, but he added:
â€œIn the end, they donâ€™t do it for us. They do it for themselves. I think his defeats in Ohio and Pennsylvania have convinced them that he needs to reach out to blue collar, moderate and conservative Democratic voters, and â€˜Fox News Sundayâ€™ is a good place to reach them.â€
Mr. Wallace will tape the interview with Mr. Obama in Indiana Saturday afternoon. He promised a â€œtough, probing but fair interview.â€
We’ll have the full video when it airs Sunday morning, should be fun to watch.