Bill Maher Thinks O’Reilly Was Unpatriotic in His Interview with President Obama
This may be late for the train, but I’m glad I am not the only one who thinks that way, despite my own reservations about President Obama’s policies. Super Bowl Sunday suddenly seems so far away, instead of being a week ago. But I thought that that jumped-up Irishman was more than just disgusting and loathsome.
The host of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” said O’Reilly‘s interview with President Barack Obama before the Superbowl was “astounding” and disrespectful, and forced Obama to swallow a great deal of “guff.”
The Fox host interrupted the president 42 times in the 15-minute interview, as O’Donnell recently revealed on his show.
“I just feel like the most difficult part of his job must be to squelch the rage that somewhere must be inside and say, I’m the president of the United States. You don’t talk to me like this. I’m not some left — I’m not Al Sharpton, you know. I won this job,” Maher said.
“And Bill O’Reilly, who claims he’s such a patriot, how unpatriotic to treat a president that way. How does that look to other countries when you’re interrupting and belittling.”
To be exact, what Mr. O’Reilly said, when he phoned in to the Fox News show “Happening Now” last Friday, was, “More people will see this interview than any other interview that’s ever been done in the history of mankind.”
The numbers look like they came up a bit short. Though the precise 15 minutes of the pregame show have not been broken out yet, the half-hour during which the interview took place, between 4:30 and 5 p.m., attracted 17.3 million viewers.
Mr. O’Reilly’s interview with Mr. Obama appears to have come in behind the interview that Matt Lauer conducted with the newly-inaugurated president in 2009, when NBC covered the Super Bowl.
The half-hour when that 15-minute interview appeared pulled in 21.9 million viewers. (To be fair to Mr. O’Reilly, the NBC interview appeared slightly closer to game time, by about 15 minutes, and more viewers come to the set as the kick-off approaches.)
Like I said, O’Reilly should simply throw in the towel. Or perhaps, Obama should simply not take an invitation from the idiot, and let it ride. It shouldn’t even take any skin off his nose.
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~ by blksista on February 13, 2011.
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