Biden makes baffling decision to SKIP Super Bowl interview for second year in a row: President, 81, misses out on reaching millions of Americans in an election year as he continues to dodge TV interviews

President Joe Biden has decided to skip the traditional sit-down interview before Sunday’s Super Bowl.

The 81-year-old president, who faces a tough re-election battle, is declining an interview with CBS, the network that is broadcasting this year’s big game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers.

Variety first reported about the White House’s decision, with communications director Ben LaBolt telling the outlet, “We hope viewers enjoy watching what they tuned in for — the game,” offering no further explanation.

This is the second year in a row that Biden will skip the interview.

Last year, the decision was attributed to conservative-leaning Fox News making the request, as Fox aired the game.

President Joe Biden will not sit down for an interview that airs before Sunday's Super Bowl, which used to be a presidential tradition.  He was photographed at a campaign rally on Sunday in Las Vegas, where the Super Bowl will be played a week later

President Joe Biden will not sit down for an interview that airs before Sunday’s Super Bowl, which used to be a presidential tradition. He was photographed at a campaign rally on Sunday in Las Vegas, where the Super Bowl will be played a week later

President Joe Biden participated in the interviews in 2021 and 2022.  In 2021, he sat down with CBS's Norah O'Donnell.  CBS is rebroadcasting the Super Bowl, yet the White House has turned down the sit-down

President Joe Biden participated in the interviews in 2021 and 2022. In 2021, he sat down with CBS’s Norah O’Donnell. CBS is rebroadcasting the Super Bowl, yet the White House has turned down the sit-down

During 2021 and 2022, Biden participated in the Q&As, first with CBS’s Norah O’Donnell and then with NBC’s Lester Holt.

Former President Donald Trump also skipped a pregame interview — though he spent his early months in office fighting the NFL over some players’ decisions to kneel during the playing of the national anthem and against racial inequality to protest.

Now a candidate for the White House, Trump indicated he would play ball and do the interview again.

‘Screw Joe Biden just announced that he won’t be doing the big Super Bowl interview. A good decision, he can’t string two sentences together,” Trump said on Truth Social Monday. ‘I’D BE HAPPY TO REPLACE HIM – would be “GRADE GOLD!”‘ said the former president and 2024 hopeful.

Generally, Biden has shied away from media exposure, preferring to answer questions from reporters in less formal settings — such as when he leaves the White House to board Marine One on the South Lawn.

He did not participate in a year-end press conference in 2023 — and rarely sits for television or print interviews.

Biden’s last two televised interviews were with First Lady Jill Biden and were with Al Roker during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and with Ryan Seacrest for his New Year’s Eve show.

Before that, his most recent substantial sit-down was a 60 Minutes interview with Scott Pelley, which aired in mid-October.

Former President Donald Trump responded to President Joe Biden's decision to skip the Super Bowl interview by saying it was a

Former President Donald Trump responded to President Joe Biden’s decision to skip the Super Bowl interview by saying it was a “big decision” because “he can’t put two sentences together,” and volunteered to replace Biden’s to take place

During his first three years in office, Biden participated in 86 interviews, according to figures compiled by Martha Kumar, an emeritus professor of political science at Towson University who studies White House communications.

That’s compared to 300 interviews that Trump participated in and 422 that President Barack Obama conducted during their first three years in the White House.

With polls sluggish and the Republican primary winding down, with former President Donald Trump the likely GOP nominee, some Democrats worry that Biden playing it safe won’t be enough.

“He’s probably trying to avoid tough questions about Gaza and the border, but I think he’s making a mistake,” one Democratic strategist told DailyMail.com, who declined to be named.

“This should be an opportunity for him to slam House Republicans for blocking aid to Israel and striking a bipartisan immigration deal,” the source added. “He needs to play offense because he won’t be able to campaign from the basement again.”

Other Democrats didn’t see it as a missed opportunity.

‘There are three types of people who watch the Super Bowl. Those who care about the actual game, those who care about the commercials and those who care about the halftime show. I have yet to meet the audience that cares about the presidential interview,’ pointed out Democratic strategist Rodell Mollineau, a partner at Rokk Solutions.

President Joe Biden (right) sat down with NBC's Lester Holt (left) for an interview in February 2022, some of which aired before that year's Super Bowl.  Biden's cut from the Super Bowl interview last year was attributed to Fox News making the question

President Joe Biden (right) sat down with NBC’s Lester Holt (left) for an interview in February 2022, some of which aired before that year’s Super Bowl. Biden’s cut from the Super Bowl interview last year was attributed to Fox News making the question

However, Biden may be missing out on an even bigger voting block this year by skipping the interview.

While interest in the Super Bowl is always high, this year’s game will also attract legions of ‘Swifties’ as Taylor Swift’s boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, will be on the field, and she is expected to attend.

Swift jumped into politics in 2018 and became Republican Sen. Endorsed Marsha Blackburn’s Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen in Tennessee.

She publicly endorsed Biden in 2020.

Trump allies are already worried about her endorsement of Biden in 2024 now that Swift has reached mega-stardom.

Rolling Stone reported last week that MAGA world is preparing a ‘holy war’ against the pop star.

Fox News host Jesse Watters said last month that Swift was a “front for a covert political agenda.”

He said on his primetime show that ‘about four years ago, the Pentagon’s physiological operations unit floated and turned Taylor Swift into an asset.’

Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh responded to the wild claim by saying in a statement, ‘as for this conspiracy theory, we’re going to shake it off.’

Former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy — who dropped out of the race and endorsed Trump — said on X in late January that the Super Bowl would be rigged in the Chiefs’ favor to help Biden’s re-election bid.

‘I wonder who will win the Super Bowl next month. And I wonder if there’s a big presidential endorsement of an artificially culturally supported couple coming this fall,’ Ramaswamy mused. “Just some wild speculation here, let’s see how it ages over the next 8 months.”