Audio issues interrupt NBC's Obama interview

President talks about stimulus package, Super Bowl

NEW YORK -- NBC's exclusive interview with President Barack Obama on Super Bowl Sunday was interrupted by technical difficulties.

The president, in shirtsleeves, spoke for about 20 minutes to "Today" co-host Matt Lauer from the White House. But there was occasional dropping of audio in the interview after 5 p.m. EST.

Super Bowl host Bob Costas apologized following the interview for technical difficulties from Washington.

"We kept with it because we knew you wanted to hear from the president," Costas said.

Obama spoke about the stimulus package, his favored team in the Super Bowl (the Steelers), the Blackberry he uses and how he felt being cut off the cover of US Weekly.

"It's a little hurtful," Obama said.

"For Jessica Simpson," Lauer said.

"Yes, who has a weight battle apparently," Obama said.