Did anybody see this. Fox News demagogue and iconic hot head Bill O’Reilly tried to interview the President before the game yesterday. O’Reilly did not make himself look good in the exchange. He cut Obama off numerous times, wouldn’t let him finish answers and sometimes asked a question then answered it himself.
The questions about Egypt in the beginning of the interview weren’t terrible, though he did try to get Obama to say he supported the Muslim Brotherhood and darkly commented that “Mubarak knows a lot of bad things about the US,” trying to adumbrate, I guess, that Mubarak is going to go to wikileaks and bring the US to its knees if he walks.
He also asked if Obama knew exactly when Mubarak would leave, as if that’s up to the US to decide. O’Reilly kept up with the Fox News policy of not really taking a strong position on Mubarak leaving one way or the other in order to preserve a strategy of making Obama wrong no matter what happens.
Obama handled those questions fairly well, saying basically that he thought Mubarak was done, and that he wanted to see a representative democracy in Egypt, while deftly deflecting the “Muslim Brotherhood” questions, pointing out that they are a minority in Egypt.
Things went downhill after that, with O’Reilly trying to go after Obama on the Health Care Law, with frequent interruptions from O’Reilly.
Then O’Reilly just started getting stupid, saying that “lots of people think you [Obama] are a leftist and a redistributionist who wants to take away our freedoms.”
Obama literally laughed in O’Reilly’s face at that one, which I think discomfitted him a little bit.
O’Reilly then asked him, “does it disturb you that so many people hate you?” (a question which could easily be turned around on "O’Reilly), a stupid, meaningless question that Obama handled well nonetheless, pointing out the obvious, that those who hate him don’t actually know him, but only hate a “funhouse mirror” representation of him.
They then turned to the Superbowl, and O’Reilly expressed surprise that Obama knew anything about football (I guess O’Reilly assumes that Kenyans only know soccer).
O’Reilly came off as kind of an idiot, and one who was disrespectful to the Office as well (he never interrupted GWB like that), Obama came off a cool and collected, and did not get ruffled at O’Reilly’s stupid questions. The interview didn’t do any damage to Obama, if that’s what the Fox News audience was hoping for, and if anything it might have slightly marginalized O’Reilly even more as any kind of serious political pundit or interviewer in the wake of an already embarrassing week after declaring that the ocean tides move by magic.
I can’t help but think, though, that if someone asked Sarah Palin, “does it disturb you that so many people hate you,” Fox News and talk radio would go into full bore “poor Sarah” mode, and Palin would facebook all about how she was just like the Jews in Nazi Germany going off to Pearl Harbor on the Underground Railroad.
Other thoughts, opinions, comments, jokes?