President Obama will give a Super Bowl Sunday interview to a host of NBC's Today Show, Savannah Guthrie. The news tucked away in a Los Angeles Times profile of the host.
On Sunday, she will have the plum assignment of interviewing President Obama live from the White House during NBC's pre-game coverage of the Super Bowl, likely putting her before more viewers than ever before. The previous two presidential Super Bowl interviews on NBC had been handled by her co-anchor, Matt Lauer.
"I hope to leave a favorable impression," she said, failing to keep a straight face as she did.
For Guthrie, 43, the new deal is recognition of having successfully navigating one of the most tumultuous transitions in the 63-year history of "Today."
She took over the co-anchor chair alongside Lauer in June 2012 after Ann Curry was yanked from the job after one year. Curry's tearful sign-off was so emotional, there was talk in the "Today" control room about cutting the audio feed from her microphone.