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O’Reilly Demolishes Palin By Asking For Her Solution To The BP Oil Disaster

Reported by Ellen - June 16, 2010 -

Sarah Palin may have thought she was going to dazzle Fox News viewers with her grasp of energy policy – which she had undoubtedly just boned up on thanks to her team of tutors – and she obviously hoped to use that “know how” to undermine President Obama in the wake of his prime time address on the BP oil spill last night (6/15/10). Fox News was, apparently, banking on Palin, too. They booked her as the first guest on The O’Reilly Factor immediately following Obama. There was just one itsy bitsy problem: O’Reilly repeatedly challenged her assertions and then demolished her credibility altogether by asking what she would do to stop the leak. Not only couldn’t Palin answer the question, she also made the ridiculous statement that Norwegians are experts at dikes.

With her lip curled in her perpetual petulance, Palin announced that Obama has allowed BP “to define the facts of this spill. You can never be allowed to do that as a CEO and be on a level playing field, being equals there at the table when you allow one side of the table, in this case, BP… to define the facts.”

Whatever that means. I wonder if she learned that before or after she quit her job as “CEO” of Alaska halfway through her first term.

It was clear that, for whatever reason, O’Reilly was not about to just hand over his show and turn it into a showcase for Palin. He evidently wanted her to earn her place there. First, he challenged her by saying, “49% of Americans still want BP to run the show and only 45% want the government to run the show.”

If you stop the video at about the 2:36 point, you can see the look of dismay on Palin’s face, followed by nervousness, moments after he said that, as she must have realized this was not going to be the kind of cakewalk she has probably come to expect on Fox News.

O’Reilly went on to ask, “What is your solution, here, Governor? What would you do tonight – tell the nation tonight, what you would have said, the main point in that speech. Go.”

Palin obviously had no idea. “Stopping the gusher,” she said. “That’s the number one priority of the nation.”

“But nobody knows how to do it,” O’Reilly countered.

“Well, we haven’t had the assurance by the president that that has been his top priority.” Her voice rose with more condescension, as she continued to evade the question and, instead, went on to accuse the president of making “cap and tax” his greater priority and “using this crisis… to increase the cost of energy.”

“Are you telling me that you don’t think the president’s top priority is stopping that leak? Is that what you’re telling me?” O’Reilly asked, not bothering to hide his incredulity.

If you stop the video at the 3:43 mark, Palin has a decidedly annoyed look on her face. Palin continued in the same vein, saying, “That is not what I am hearing and what the American public is hearing from the top official in our government.” But that can only be the case if Palin has not been listening. Media Matters noted that Obama called the oil spill disaster his “top priority” on May 27. Right in his speech a few minutes before Palin appeared on O’Reilly, Obama said, “Make no mistake: We will fight this spill with everything we’ve got for as long as it takes. We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused. And we will do whatever’s necessary to help the Gulf Coast and its people recover from this tragedy.” But I guess she had to come up with something to answer O’Reilly’s question.

O’Reilly said that the reason he wanted Palin on his show was because “there is not a governor in the United States who has more experience than you do dealing with the oil companies… BP says, ‘We don’t know how to stop the leak.’ …Obama obviously doesn’t know how to stop the leak. Do you know how to stop it?”

No, Palin didn’t. But rather than own up to it, she launched into another attack on Obama, this time for not accepting “the assistance for foreign countries” (which has been accepted) and “entrepreneurial Americans.” Apparently, like others on Fox, “CEO” Palin thinks the federal government ought to just hand over money and the disaster to any foreign or domestic Tom, Dick or Harry with an idea and a product.

As O’Reilly continued to press her to name whom Obama should turn to, she said, “The Dutch, they are known and the Norwegians. They are known for dikes and for cleaning up water.”

Poor Palin. All that money and backing and she still keeps making a fool of herself.

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