The first of a multiple part interview between Bill “Shut Up” O’Reilly and Barack Obama took place Thursday night on Fox News. The topic of the conversation was national security and “fighting terrorism” in the Middle East. Now, any talk about the situation in the Middle East that comes from a Democrat or a Republican is probably going to include pretty terrible and problematic rhetoric (we all know that nothing good is going to come out of O’Reilly’s mouth, but damn am I sick of hearing Obama and the Dems talk about Iraqis needing to “take responsibility.” Like they actually want the estimated 95,000 reported civilian deaths since the 2003 invasion?). However, the thing to remember about any interview with O’Reilly (or on Fox News) is that it’s not about substance or the issues. It’s always about who can best control the conversation. With that being said, I thought that Obama did a pretty good job of fending off O’Reilly’s bullying.
In terms of the Republican National Convention, Rudy Giuliani and VP nominee Sarah Palin both get a big yellow middle finger from me for insulting community organizers everywhere with their condescending comments like, “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer – except that you have actual responsibilities”. For what it’s worth, the RNC gets a big “Fuck You” from the Box.
How bad are Republican speeches? Palin pretty much just spewed out lies and McCain didn’t outline one policy proposal or say anything substantive at all. Very unimpressive.