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Laura Ingraham's "insights" Into Obama's Press Conference

Reported by Ellen - May 2, 2009 -

Guest blogged by Julie

Thursday night (4/30/09), The O'Reilly Factor hosted Laura Ingraham to talk about President Obama's press conference. Predictably, Ingraham had nothing positive – or, for that matter, intelligent – to say. With video.

O'Reilly asked her, “Did Mr. Obama say anything good last night?”

Ingraham responded, “Well, first of all I love his tie . . . .”


Ingraham then proceeded to misquote President Obama regarding the Freedom of Choice Act, saying in her can-you-believe-this-bs sneer, “When he went on to talk about, well, this is about women, women are the best to make that choice, I thought, well, what he's really saying is that it's both immoral and unethical to stand in the way ever of someone procuring an abortion.” Obviously you need a little help here, Laur, with your memory. Here's what President Obama said: “I think abortion is a moral issue and an ethical issue The reason I’m pro-choice is because I don’t think women take that position casually. I think that they struggle with these decisions each and every day, and I think they are in a better position to make these decisions ultimately than members of Congress or a President of the United States — in consultation with their families, with their doctors, with their clergy. So that’s been my consistent position.”

O'Reilly gloated that “last night's press conference was watched by 29 million Americans – that's down from 49 – 49 – which watched the press conference in February.”

“Maxed out,” interrupted Ingraham.

O'Reilly said that the President is “just not lighting it up there, Laura, he's just not lightin' it up.”

Ingraham got a chuckle out of the fact that “the Fox Network actually ran the show . . . 'Lie to Me' and I kept saying, well, what's the difference?”

Ingraham said that she thinks that “Barack Obama, given the warm reception he received last night . . . the mouths that were agape in the press room . . . Barack Obama should have just reached out his hand to that New York Times reporter and said, 'let's dance, my friend, let's dance' . . . cue the South Pacific music, some enchanted evening, it was preposterous.”

Ingraham's beginning to sound like the wallflower who didn't get asked to dance, even once.