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President Obama predicts final score but doesn’t pick Super Bowl winner

Eric Edholm
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President Barack Obama laughs as Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra presents the president with a commemorative trophy during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, where the president honored the 2013 NBA Champion basketball team. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

There were two matchups of the No. 1 offense vs. the No. 1 defense on Sunday. Fox's Bill O'Reilly spoke with President Barack Obama on the network before the game, and naturally, it was a tough battle.

The combatants went head to head two hours before kickoff to discuss a few hard-hitting issues: First, O'Reilly hammered Obama about the health-care rollout ("problems" vs. "glitches"), and brought out the big guns within the first minute, pressing Obama on why he hasn’t fired Health and Human Services boss Kathleen Sebelius for her role in the early difficulties.

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Obama stayed calm and even managed to work in a football metaphor to describe the issues: "We wanted to focus not on the fumbles but on the next play."

Then, O'Reilly came back for more, including questions on the Benghazi attack and the IRS scandal with Douglas Shulman, former commissioner of the IRS. O'Reilly and Obama butted heads on the issues, continually stepping on each others' words.

Finally, something the football crowd could absorb: some Super Bowl talk. In the final 10 seconds, O'Reilly asked Obama for a prediction, and the president gave a score — just not a winner between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.

"I can’t make a prediction, I don’t know," Obama said. "These guys are too evenly matched. I think it’s going to be 24-21. I don’t know who is going to be 24, and who is going to be 21."

So there you have it. If you're a betting person, at least you can play the total if you trust the president's judgment.

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