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The Other Event Last Night: Bill O'Reilly Versus Barack Obama



NPR:
President Obama's White House interview with Bill O'Reilly was a Super Bowl Sunday match-up that, in its way, was as entertaining as the National Football League championship game.
There was one HUGE difference though: the home-team visiting team got CLOBBERED in the football game first-half of the game, whereas the the President held his own with Lots-Of-Interruptions-Guy.

I really like what Nick at The Pragmatic Center had to say:
O’Reilly did exactly what he was hoping not to do. Before the interview O’Reilly wrote that he would not interrupt the president. In their previous interview during the 2008 presidential election, O’Reilly had interrupted Obama multiple times. But now O’Reilly admitted he could not do that because Obama is now the president and there is protocol to presidential interviews. It is not polite to interrupt the President of the United States. Even if you don’t respect the man, you should respect the office. O’Reilly showed little respect and interrupted the president almost every time he spoke.

In the end I think the interview will hurt O’Reilly and help Obama. Obama came across as friendly even to a fierce critic. O’Reilly on the other hand seemed arrogant, rude, and disrespectful.
Except for the genuine thanks that O'Reilly offered President Obama in the opening seconds of the interview, Nick is right. Bill O'Reilly was, well, Bill O'Reilly. But, the President came across as someone who is more-than-willing to sit down with his critics to have an open exchange of ideas.

If only O'Reilly had let the President finish a thought...