Fox News host Bill O'Reilly wants first lady Michelle Obama on his show
to denounce teen pregnancy.
O'Reilly attended President Barack Obama's announcement Thursday of his My Brother's Keeper initiative
at the White House, and he had senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett on his show later to talk about it.
O'Reilly told Jarrett he believes the public-private initiative aimed at minority teen boys will work, but he had some suggestions for her take back to her boss to make it work faster.
O'Reilly said he fears the White House doesn't understand the urgency of the problem, and told Jarrett, "you’re going to have to get people like Jay-Z, Kanye West, all of these gangsta rappers, to knock it off.
"You gotta get where they live," O'Reilly said. "They idolize these guys with the hats on backwards and the terrible rap lyrics," he said.
Jarrett said she agreed positive role models are needed, but that the teens shouldn't be underestimated.
But O'Reilly kept pressing.
"Make it uncomfortable to have a baby out of wedlock," he said. "Make it uncomfortable to sell drugs. You've got to reverse the peer pressure."
O'Reilly asked Jarrett to talk to Michelle Obama about coming on his show.
"I want Michelle Obama to look into that camera and say, 'You teenage girls, you stop having sex. You stop getting pregnant. This is wrong.' I want her to do that right here. Do you think she will?"
Jarrett said it is more important for the first lady to spend time one-on-one with young girls in schools and in her mentorship program. Both she and the president talk about importance of marriage all the time, Jarrett added.
"You're not getting gritty enough," O'Reilly said, reiterating his suggestion for athletes and singers to join the program.
When Jarrett said they would look at getting singers to talk to young people if they could, O'Reilly suggested, "Tell them they'll do it or you'll audit them."
O'Reilly, a former school teacher, has long been a fervent advocate of reducing the skyrocketing unemployment and out-of-wedlock birth rates among minority youth, and was singled out by the president at Thursday's event along with his ideological foe, the Rev. Al Sharpton, who also attended.
Former NBA star Magic Johnson also attended, and told CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,"
he has high hopes for the program's success.
"We’ve always had somebody [who wanted] to be involved, but it always stumbled, it always came up short,” Johnson said. "But I don’t think this plan will come up short, and when the president of the United States is behind it, and he’s actually the guy who is calling the shots . . . It’s going to be awesome."
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