Strangely enough, what may have been a precursor to what would happen on the field of play was the pregame press interview of President Barak Obama by TV personality Bill O’Reilly.
If we can imagine O’Reilly, an aging but skillful interviewer, in an orange Bronco jersey similar to an aging but still skillful Peyton Manning, and the president, in a white Seahawks jersey similar to the youthful and elusive Russell Wilson, we might have had an early indication of what was to come.
O’Reilly, one of the most intense interrogators on the tube, was primed to ask very pointed questions. Obama, on the other hand, was equally well-prepared to give lengthy and obscure answers. At the end of the interview, it was apparent that Obama was triumphant as many of his lengthy responses drifted off into the ether.
Of the many scandals that have plagued the president’s five years in office, he attempted to attribute their longevity to O’Reilly and his Fox News parent Network. In his mind, Obama seems to think these scandals are still “phony.” The fact that four Americans were killed at Benghazi seems to be justified by the fact that this is a dangerous world. When pressed on the phony “video story” that was promulgated by UN Secretary Susan Rice on the Sunday TV shows in the week following, Obama said that they were relying on the best intelligence available. In actuality, he had been advised that when the attack was ongoing, it was a terrorist event. The president deftly sidestepped that by saying that the attack did not seem to be a well-organized military action.
No matter how hard O’Reilly pressed the commander-in-chief about his original statement of “transforming America.” Obama deftly turned it aside when he said that many of his new entitlement programs were simply the same as the GI Bill following WWII. In truth, the GI Bill was only available to a small percentage of the U.S. population. That percentage was made up of men and women who labored for miniscule pay and often risked their lives in the defense of freedom, unlike the millions of Americans who are currently on welfare, food stamps and unemployment Insurance.
Also, the GIers not only earned their school benefits, they had to repay their government-backed mortgage loans. When it comes to monetary compensation, I remember that I started my Army service for the princely sum of $21 a month. That amount was far below my monthly return as a high school paperboy.
Back to the game itself. The die seemed to be cast with the first snap of the football sailing over Manning’s head into the Bronco end-zone, which gave the Seahawks a lead they never surrendered.
It was a far cry from the exciting first Super Bowl in LA between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs, which a goodly number of us northern Nevadans attended. The interesting fact of that long-ago game was that it was so poorly witnessed that we fans were urged to move toward the center of the stands in the stadium for a “jam packed” TV shot.
Harry Spencer is a long-time northern Nevada resident