O'Reilly After Super Bowl Interview: Obama 'Thin-Skinned'

Monday, 07 Feb 2011 02:28 PM

By David A. Patten

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly says that, despite President Barack Obama’s denials, he believes the 44th president is “thin-skinned,” and clearly is affected by the criticism that he often receives.

During an interview with O’Reilly before the Super Bowl on Sunday, Obama said the people who don’t like him simply don’t know him.

Obama, O'Reilly, Fox, Super Bowl
President Obama
When O’Reilly asked whether the criticism annoys him, Obama replied, “I think that by the time you get here, you have to have had a pretty thick skin. If you didn't, then you probably wouldn't have gotten here.”

But O’Reilly did some Monday-morning quarterbacking about the interview with Fox News host Martha MacCallum. And he made it clear that he does not buy Obama’s apparent indifference, saying he still believes “the president is thin-skinned.”

O’Reilly compared Obama, who in late 2009 tried to urge other media to ignore Fox News reports, with his predecessor, former President George W. Bush.

Bush "really and sincerely didn’t care what anybody thought about him,” the cable news giant said. “I think President Obama does.”

O’Reilly told MacCallum he’s gradually gaining a better understanding of a president whose true nature remains something of a mystery.

“I’m getting a little bit more of a handle on him,” O’Reilly said. “What I picked up yesterday is that he sincerely is a true believer.

“He believes that when he stepped into the presidency, the country was on the brink of depression, and had he not spent all of this money and instituted these big-government policies . . . we’d all be in a bread line today. He absolutely, 100 percent believes that,” O’Reilly said.

O’Reilly added that he sees Obama as “a very liberal man.” But he believes Obama, whom he describes as ‘supremely self-confident,’ views himself as a pragmatist.

“He doesn’t see himself as a far-left guy,” he said on Monday morning.

“He sees himself as a pragmatic politician. Now, I see him as a very liberal man. But he has a vision of himself that you’re not going to blow him out of that vision. You’re just not going to do it.”

O’Reilly also discussed Obama’s statement that the hardest part of the presidency is being continually “in the bubble,” and largely unable to engage in spontaneous conversations with people.

“I guess some people could say he is a self-centered guy,” O’Reilly said. “I don’t think that I’d dispute that. But I didn’t think that his answer was callous -- I don’t think that would be fair.”

O’Reilly has 10 more minutes of the Obama interview that did not air on Super Bowl Sunday.

He said the additional time remarks by Obama will air on "The O’Reilly Factor" on Monday evening, and will focus on spending and the federal debt.





© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Mali's Islamists Withdraw Cease-Fire Pledge

Friday, 04 Jan 2013 13:06 PM

Tens of thousands of Fatah supporters rallied in the Hamas stronghold of Gaza on Friday for the first time since they we . . .

Fmr. CIA Director Hayden: Iran Nuclear Crisis Gets 'Scarier'

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 18:11 PM

 . . .

Join Fmr. CIA Director for Special Iran Briefing, Assess the Danger

Friday, 13 Jul 2012 12:27 PM

 . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved