Bill O’Reilly offered one of the most bizarre Talking Points commentaries ever last night. In it, he purported to look inside President Obama’s mind and after reporting on what was found, concluded that the president is “on a mission to destroy the hard right. …No question.” Oh yeah, and O’Reilly gratuitously likened the situation to Dallas, Texas right before President Kennedy was assassinated. Nice.
The president is a sensitive man and is furious with people attacking him personally. The Muslim stuff, the birth certificate, the socialist stuff. The president internalizes that and despises those who dispense it. Therefore, he’s on a mission to destroy the hard right.
I don’t know about you but I’d love to have a psychiatrist analyze what goes on in O’Reilly’s mind that he could say such a thing and think he sounded rational. Or even convincing. But I digress.
O'Reilly also noted the equally bad will from conservatives toward Obama before adding, “Those bad feelings are reminiscent of Dallas, Texas, in the run-up to President Kennedy’s assassination.”
Why O’Reilly brought that up may be even scarier than his thinking he’s a competent psychoanalyst. But, fortunately, he didn’t dwell on it. He continued:
So here’s what’s gonna happen. President Obama will use immigration reform to once again hammer the right wing. At the same time, the illegal immigration debate, which is upcoming, will also obscure the disastrous ObamaCare rollout.
After joining the Republican attacks on HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, O’Reilly likened ObamaCare to – what else? Benghazi:
…Your administration botched it. It’s Benghazi, Libya redux. You have not held anyone accountable and that infuriates not only conservatives but Americans who want efficient government.
This is Mr. Obama’s blind spot. He doesn’t want to seem to believe that his administration should embrace high standards of competence.
O’Reilly feigned even-handedness by saying that although the situation “is getting worse,” it’s “not worse than what President (George W.) Bush went through.” O’Reilly tried to draw a distinction between Bush and Obama by playing a clip of Bush saying he didn’t take criticism toward him personally and didn’t get angry over it.
That was all the proof O’Reilly needed. He concluded:
President Obama does take and he is after the right wing. No question in my mind.
As for Obama, I can only hope he’s finally bent on destruction of the hard right. Any sane person should be.
If only someone could take a video of the last 5 years of President Obama’s term with all the “Obama Derangement Syndrome” that’s developed (alongside the Teabag Party), and go back to early 2008 and show it to the DNC with the warning of “It doesn’t f***ing matter WHO wins the nomination this year; he—or she—is going to drive the far right of the Republican Party absolute nuts and they’re going to go after the nominee in a way that would make the way Gingrich and his extremists went after Bill Clinton look like a church social.” At least Hillary had a history and KNEW how these extremists operated (hell, SHE was the one who first described the “vast right-wing conspiracy” which oh-so-many members of the so-called liberal media pooh-poohed as little more than paranoia). Obama’s supporters thought they could handle anything thrown at them; it’s just too bad they never foresaw the sheer hatred that would come his way.
It is such a difficult thing to do without making the dog-whistle heard by more nutters – especially when we know rupert’s channel would sensationalize the criticism of the mouthpiece.
Now when is my psychology degree coming in the mail???
Hey Jan — just one question: how come you didn’t select South Oaks Psychiatric Hospital which, like O’Lielly, is located on Long Island in Amityville, NY?
Pres Obama, on the other hand, doesn’t have a television network of sycophant partisans cheering him on at every turn or a television network of sycophant partisans who namecall and viciously attack his critics.
And Ellen, I’m not sure if the first sentence of your “gist of O’Reilly’s assessment” was a verbatim comment from O’Reilly, but it would be an absolutely amazingly perfect assessment of O’Reilly himself: “[Bill O’Reilly] is a sensitive man and is furious with people attacking him personally.” It also shows O’Reilly’s inability to recognize his own flaws (or maybe his fantastic ability at projecting those flaws on others).
And speaking of Tiller, let’s not forget the BOR’s hatred of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius goes way back to the Dr. Tiller situation where BOR made insinuations that she looked the other way with regards to Tiller’s supposed “illegal” abortion work because Tiller donated money to her campaign. BOR no doubt relishes the idea of using his television platorm to criticize Sebelius/demand her resignation. And yet, here we get BOR ranting about how it’s Obama who supposedly wants to take down HIS enemies. Pot, kettle, black, BOR, you thin-skinned hypocrite.
And instead of feigning even-handedness when it comes to the bad behavior of the GOPers, how about offering up some actual ass-kickin’ critiques of them the same way you lambaste Dems, eh, BOR? There’s plenty of examples of how they are harming this country, playing politics, trying to destroy Obama, etc. yet you can’t be bothered to cover them with the same voracity that you level at the left. Biased much, BOR?
This would be like a bully whining that the one they are picking on hit them back. The Kennedy reference bothers me. What’s the purpose of that? It gives me the impression that Bill is hoping to plant the idea in someone’s head.
As far as the failure of the health care website, yes it’s an embarrassment, can’t deny it but it’ll will eventually fixed and up and running properly, however if your measuring failure Bill, nothing can compare to the disaster of Iraq, so please carefully choose your definition of the word failure.
O’Reilly’s been extremely critical of Pres. Obama since his days as a Senator running for president. Bill pretends that his previous statements were taken out of context every time. That’s EVERY TIME!
His limited imagination doesn’t allow him to come up with better, more thoughtful excuses for his irrational thoughts regarding Pres. Obama.
Frankly, I’m disappointed that someone of his stature in the media business isn’t more creative when he “makes shit up” about our President. It’s usually just rehashing an old tired attack that was circulating in the reich-wing bubble.