Watch Bill O’Reilly Live Out His Fever Dreams By Yelling "Benghazi IRS" At Barack Obama
Before the Super Bowl on Sunday, Fox News infotainer Bill O’Reilly treated America to a medley of Bullshit Mountain’s Greatest Hits, with backing vocals from Barack Obama. An extended remix of the jam will air Monday night on the O’Reilly Factor. O’Reilly pretty much just flings Fox News talking points: Why wasn’t Kathleen Sebelius fired over the Obamacare rollout? Did your military/diplomatic aides say “terrorists” quickly enough on the night of the Benghazi attack? Why did you personally tell the IRS to murder the Tea Party?
Obama, to his credit, answers patiently, not standing for Billo’s interruptions — “Bill, and I’m trying to explain it to you if you want to listen.” O’Reilly plays the Everyman Taxpayer card — “I’m paying Kathleen Sebelius’s salary and she screwed up. And you’re not holding her accountable” — and while it’s a shame Obama didn’t explain that Bill O’Reilly doesn’t get to make White House personnel decisions, he does at least point out that the goal was to fix the website, which is of course fixed now. (The lovely thing about working at Fox, of course, is that if Sebelius had been fired, O’Reilly could ask why Obama tried to shift attention away from the website problems by firing her.)
On Benghazi, Obama managed to get in his best point of the interview when O’Reilly says, “your detractors believe that you did not tell the world it was a terror attack because your campaign didn’t want that out … That’s what they believe.” And Obama replies, “and they believe it because folks like you are telling them that.” Score a point for the President there, and for simply laughing in disbelief when O’Reilly says, “No, I’m not telling them that.” Of course not, Billo. you’re just asking questions.
Obama returned to the theme of Fox News’s disconnect from reality on the IRS question — O’Reilly insists “we still don’t know what happened there,” and the President finally just says, no, you’re actually kind of lying there, Bucky:
Bill, we do — that’s not what happened. They — folks have, again, had multiple hearings on this. I mean these kinds of things keep on surfacing, in part because you and your TV station will promote them.
O’Reilly even reads a letter from a viewer, asking about Obama’s alleged desire to “fundamentally transform America” — which was, of course, a mere bit of throwaway campaign boilerplate, not a vow to institute a thousand-year socialist Islamic Reich. Congratulations to Barry Bamz for managing not to actually roll his eyes at that one.
The most shocking part of the interview, of course, is Obama’s prediction that the Super Bowl would be a close game. When did the President’s advisors begin using the term “blowout,” and why did Obama continue to insist that he thought the Broncos and Seahawks were evenly matched? Will Americans ever know the truth?