Chuck Todd to interview Obama on 'Meet the Press' hosting debut

President Obama will be Chuck Todd’s first guest as the new moderator of "Meet the Press," NBC announced Thursday.

The interview will span “the threat of ISIS, U.S. relations with Russia and Ukraine, the Ebola outbreak, the upcoming midterm elections, and other news of the day,” according to NBC spokeswoman Erika Masonhall.

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The president will be the first interview for Todd, NBC’s former White House correspondent, who is taking over the show for David Gregory after the venerable Sunday show slumped in ratings. It will be Obama’s first appearance on “Meet the Press” since December 2012, when he discussed negotiations on the fiscal cliff and his second-term priorities.

Obama noted Todd’s new promotion during a news conference last week at the White House — the NBC reporter’s last appearance in the briefing room. 

“I’m going to start with somebody who I guess is now a big cheese — he’s moved on,” Obama said as he called on Todd. “But I understand this is going to be his last chance to ask me a question in the press room. So I want to congratulate Chuck Todd and give him first dibs.”

Todd, in what might have been a subtle nod to his plans for his first episode, responded with, “I’m glad you said 'in the press room.' ” 

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