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Bill O’Reilly on Obama: ‘Give the Guy a Break’

PJM on the red carpet: Rob Lowe on today's Dems and JFK's legacy; Thune on whether he wants to lead the GOP.

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October 31, 2013 - 12:15 am
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WASHINGTON — Fox News host Bill O’Reilly told PJ Media that the American public should give President Obama a break, adding that “nitpicking the president” does not do the country any good.

“President Obama’s got three years left in office. I think he’s going to try to make Obamacare work, that’s his legacy. I think he’ll devote most of his time to that but you’ve got to give the guy a break. He’s under tremendous pressure every day with some new crazy thing in this world,” O’Reilly said at the world premiere of Killing Kennedy in Washington on Monday night.

“I don’t think people nitpicking the president do the country any good. I mean, I disagree with him on some big issues, but let’s see if he can pull the Obamacare thing out of the fire. That’s what’s most important right now,” O’Reilly added, referring to the widespread technical issues with the Obamacare website.

Killing Kennedy, a television movie based on O’Reilly’s best-selling book of the same name, airs on National Geographic on Nov. 10.

PJ Media asked O’Reilly if there’s an aspect of Kennedy’s leadership that he thinks President Obama should borrow from in the remainder of his second term.

“That’s a good question. I think President Obama could learn from JFK in the sense that when things go wrong, you’ve got to own it. You’ve got to step up and say, ‘Look, it’s going wrong, we’re going to fix it; this is why it happened and this is what we’re going to do,’” said O’Reilly at the Newseum on the red carpet. “So after the Bay of Pigs, JFK is getting hammered, he’s getting killed because he screwed up but he acknowledged it and he changed a lot of the advisers, he changed the way he did business and he paid more attention to it and his presidency was better for it.”

O’Reilly was also asked for his opinion of the millions of individuals who are losing their private healthcare coverage after the president said, “If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan.”

“I think you have to give it a little bit more time to see how bad that’s going to be and how much more we’re going to have to pay. So you ask me the same question next March, I think I’ll be able to give you a more intelligent, fair answer,” O’Reilly responded.

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O'Reilly doesn't think Obamacare and it's problems --security of data, canceled insurance policies, skyrocketing rates, the transformation of the relationship between citizen and government-- aren't "big issues?" Really? Oh, wait. I forgot: a top FOX attraction like Bill doesn't have to worry about how much his insurance will cost; he can afford it, so it's not a big issue. Newsflash, Bill: For the rest of us in the working world, it isn't a "big issue, either."

It's huge.
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I stopped watching O'Reilly a couple of years ago. I can't stand his smug, know-it-all condescending, attitude. Give Obama a break? How about, HELL NO, Bill?
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O'Reilly's ego and fair and balanced attirude always gets in the way of common sense.He also controls the button and always gets the last word.His talking over people is tiresome and boring.Mr O is not all bad.He does great things for many org's and people.Obama is a pathalogical liar and Mr O knows it.
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Undoubtedly there are people who care about Bill O'Reilly's opinions. It's just that I'm not one of them.
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It would be nice if when one "reports" a comment, that you could also list it as "reported as spam." I am interested in reading (sometimes) possibly offensive comment, but not interested in spam.
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Phony is the word. Both their last names begin with the letter "O" and they are both fill of "S".
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MR 'O suffers from multiple personality disorder. Only HE is qualified to criticize the POTUS... because he's looking out for the folks, don'cha know...

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O'Reilly is an arrogant fool. What Obama is has been clear even to fools for quite some time, if they will open their eyes and look.
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O'Reily and Hannity are the two biggest reasons I stopped watching FOX, with the constant guest appearances of Rove and Beckel coming in as reasons 3 and 4.
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Two points, Bill ...

... when someone lets themselves be marketed as a Messiah, they should not be surprised when others hold them accountable to that high standard.

... civility in response to intellectual dishonesty, is counterproductive in the defense of liberty. Our "nitpicking" is in accordance with this truth.
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O'Reilly represents the sham right, or perhaps the desperation of conservatives to claim one of their own in the media. Fox has been the target of conservative affection for the same reason, except that it has become fairly superficial and rarely sticks its neck out. They are also compulsively addicted to moderately attractive stick-like non-blonde women who wear red skirts and show too much leg. It's been clear for years that Fox too doesn't venture too far away from the consensus. It's a RINO network - raise a controversial issue and you'll be mocked off the radar. So, while someone like Gutfield is interesting and 'campy' in his sardonic, self-sardonic defense of True American Values, neither is there really free speech on Fox. O'Reilly has used Fairness as a brand, and gotten rich with it. 'The preservation of American democracy' becomes tag line for self-enrichment. Or, maybe everyone in the public space these days has to be distorted and unpleasant.
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Larry, as a Die-Hard Right Wing Conservative..., I believe you to be correctomundo, regarding OReilly ! He is like McCain and many others in WASHDC ! McCain is a DEMOCRAT wearing Republican Clothes. A Hero?
Most people when called a hero, will immediately tell you they were, 'just doing my job,' and are quick to tell you the REAL hero(s) are the ones who did not come back. About Fox and your remarks about their addiction to, "attractive, stick-like, non-blonde women, in red, who shot too much leg."

Here in my recliner, I am dumbfounded by the majority of the FoxFemales showing up as LONG HAIRED BLONDES.., trying to beat the only two Red Heads.., who have managed to get their hair down to their nipples ! The brunette on the FIVE, with the longest hair.., she already has the rhythm, just needs a Pole to dance around. BTW, just 'how much leg, is TOO much leg' ? Before reading your shotgun comment(s) regarding Fox, I considered
Israelis to have one of the most beautiful coastal escapes on the globe, after I saw you ladies on Israel's Nude Beach ! Let's give the main moderator on the FIVE credit.. he does not tend to interrupt, except to take exception with obvious kool-aid drinkers like that Socialist A. Combs and Racist like Communist, R. Williams. I can stomach Williams, but I change channels no matter what channel I'm watching when they put A. Combs in my face. Gutfeld is a satirist, who would make an excellent Stand-Up Comic, with the ability to take ANY sad/serious American happening, into something funny, even OReilly's Program, ok? One other thought.., "How are you home folks fixed for guns?" lolol Talk about SWALLOWING Political b/s, hook, line and sinker, you Aussies.., really don't take long to look at a horseshoe.., dropped that issue like a hot horseshoe.., when you DRANK the kool-aid and V O T E D to GIVE UP all of your weapons, except THOSE already owned and you turned in all pistols.., every calibre weapon, except .22 cals and .410 shotguns and GAVE your Government the Right to, 'permit or deny,' who should possess either type weapon and then GAVE your Local Constables UNANNOUNCED Right, to ENTER your abodes, inspect that your assigned weapon, HAS a trigger lock in place and the gun is locked in a safe, plus IF you decide you want to use 'your' gun, (I use the term 'your,' lightly), you must have submitted a MAP detailing the exact location where you intend to go 'target shoot,' and IF you are caught with that weapon in your vehicle.., you must be able to prove you were either enroute to or coming from, THAT location. To possess 'your,' weapon otherwise.., you automatically suffer seizure of said weapon and revocation of your permit. WHATTA way to go, Mates ! Please KNOW, that 'plan' will NOT work here in America Most respectfully, Jose'
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