Fox News, Fox Sports and the Trump Transition Unit announced today that on Super Bowl Sunday, 4 pm Eastern Time, I, your humble correspondent, will interview the president.
You may remember, I did this back in 2014 with Barack Obama, and it was controversial because I pushed the president on a number of issues, including the terror attack at Benghazi.
Feb. 2, 2014
O’REILLY: “Your detractors believe that you did not tell the world it was a terror attack because your campaign didn't want that out.”
OBAMA: “Bill, think about ...”
O'REILLY: “That's what they believe.”
OBAMA: “-- and they believe it because folks like you are telling them that.”
O'REILLY: “No, I'm not telling them that.”
O'REILLY: “I'm asking you whether you were told ...”
OBAMA: “But -- and what I'm saying is ...”
O'REILLY: “-- it was a terror attack and you ...”
OBAMA: “-- and what I'm saying is that is inaccurate.”
O'REILLY: “All right.”
OBAMA: “We -- we revealed to the American people exactly what we understood at the time.”
This time around, I expect to ask President Trump a number of policy questions but also about how he is processing his amazing achievement.
A man with no political experience winning the most powerful office in the world.
So it should be a very interesting conversation, and I really appreciate FNC's confidence in me.
With just three days to go before Donald Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States, there is still controversy over his very being.
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll says Mr. Trump's favorable rating will begin at 40% - unfavorable 54%.
That is the lowest favorable number for an incoming president in modern times.
Trump Tweeted, quote "the same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls. They are rigged just like before."
Be that as it may, it doesn't matter.
When you strip it all down, there are only two things that will define Donald Trump.
First, improving the economy by cutting taxes and creating job opportunities.
Second, marginalizing threats to our safety - whether it's ISIS, immigration, anarchy or an out of control murder rate in Chicago.
Americans want to feel secure and want to believe they have a fair shot in the marketplace.
Donald Trump's entire first term rides on economic improvement and fulfilling campaign promises to stop out-of-control situations.
If he does that, no polling will matter. No protests will matter. No pundits will matter.
It's all about the economy and security.
Summing up, President-elect Trump has a tremendous opportunity to build a legacy based on achievement.
The Trump haters, the crazed ideologues and the anti-American zealots will all fall by the wayside if Donald Trump can succeed in building prosperity.
Simple as that.
And that's "The Memo".