Prior to kickoff yesterday, Bill O’Reilly sat down for a 10-minute interview with President Obama and what transpired was quite contentious. From defending the ill-fated Obamacare rollout to claiming there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS targeting of conservatives, President Obama was clearly bothered by O’Reilly’s questioning. While the left thinks O’Reilly was too hard and the right thinks O’Reilly was too soft, Glenn sympathized with the Fox News host.
“He's getting beat up on Twitter,” Pat said of O’Reilly. “He shouldn't be. It's so hard.”
Glenn explained that O’Reilly was conducting this interview on the President’s turf, with all of President Obama’s people standing right off camera analyzing the situation. The interview was just 10 minutes long, and O’Reilly had a lot of ground to cover.
“Just like the Seahawks came out and within the first five minutes spooked the Broncos… They were doing that to Bill O'Reilly the whole time. Guarantee you,” Glenn said. “They didn't say, ‘Mr. O'Reilly, can I get you something to drink?’ ‘How can we help you, Mr. O'Reilly?’ No, no, throw him off game any way you possibly can.”
“Now, Bill is a strong guy. That doesn't bother him at all. You can have all those guys standing around,” he continued. “Here's the thing. And you saw in it the Benghazi answer. As he's starting to answer Benghazi, Bill is interrupting because he only has 10 minutes… It's impossible. Impossible.”
This is a case of O’Reilly being set up to fail – there was no way for him to win this one.
“Bill has absolutely no chance, especially with a guy who has no problem looking the American people in the eye and lying to them,” Glenn said. “In a 10-minute interview in his house, you are not going to get the president on the ropes. You're just not going to. Look, the entire White House was built to be a stage for the president to intimidate global leaders. So there's no chance of Bill O'Reilly winning this. None. Bill O'Reilly did an amazing job on this. It's not what I wanted to happen.”