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MR. O'REILLY: Thanks for staying with us. I'm Bill O'Reilly. In the Impact Segment tonight, our first conversation with Senator Barack Obama. It's been a long time coming, as you know, but this afternoon, I met with the senator in York, Pennsylvania. Now, we're going to play you the first part of the interview right now, and the rest of it which is fairly extensive and provocative will be seen next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


Roll the tape.

(Begin videotaped interview.)

Well, first of all, thanks for being a man of your word.

SEN. OBAMA: You bet.

MR. O'REILLY: But I was worried there for a while.

SEN. OBAMA: (Laughs.)

MR. O'REILLY: It's been nine months since we last met in New Hampshire.

SEN. OBAMA: It took a little while. I've had a few things to do in between.

MR. O'REILLY: I understand.

SEN. OBAMA: Yeah. But I appreciate you having me on the show.

MR. O'REILLY: Okay. Let's start with national security. Do you believe we're in the middle of a war on terror?

SEN. OBAMA: Absolutely.

MR. O'REILLY: Who is the enemy?

SEN. OBAMA: Al Qaeda, the Taliban, a whole host of networks that are bent on attacking America, who have a distorted ideology, who have perverted the faith of Islam. So we have to go after them.

MR. O'REILLY: Is Iran part of that component?

SEN. OBAMA: Iran is a major threat. Now, I don't think that there is the same -- they are not part of the same network. You know, you got Shi'a and you got Sunni. We gotta have the ability to distinguish between these groups because, for example, the war in Iraq is a good example where I believe the administration lumped together Saddam Hussein, a terrible guy, with al Qaeda which had nothing to do with Saddam Hussein.

MR. O'REILLY: All right. We'll get to that in a minute.

SEN. OBAMA: And as a consequence, we ended up, I think, misdirecting our resources. So they're all part of various terrorist networks that we have to shut down and we have to destroy. But they may not all be part and parcel of the same ideology.

MR. O'REILLY: But I still don't understand -- and I'm asking this as an American as well as a journalist -- how threatening you feel Iran is. See, look, if Iran gets a nuclear weapon, okay, to me, they're going to give it to Hezbollah if they can develop the technology. Why not? And so we don't have anything to do with it. So therefore, the next president of the United States is going to have to make a decision about Iran, whether to stop them militarily. Because I don't believe -- if diplomacy works, fine. But you've got to have a plan b. And a lot of people are saying, look, Barack Obama's not going to attack Iran.

SEN. OBAMA: Here's where you and I agree. It is unacceptable for Iran to possess a nuclear weapon. It would be a game changer, and I've said that repeatedly. I've also said I would never take a military option off the table.

MR. O'REILLY: But would you prepare for one?

SEN. OBAMA: Well, listen --

MR. O'REILLY: Answer the question, Senator. Anybody can say options. Would you prepare for it?

SEN. OBAMA: Look, it is not appropriate for somebody, who is one of two people who could be the president of the United States, to start tipping their hand in terms of what their plans might be with respect to Iran. It's sufficient to say I would not take the military option off the table and that I will never hesitate to use our military force in order to protect the homeland and United States interests.

But where I disagree with you is the notion that we've exhausted every other resource. Because the fact of the matter is is that for six, seven years during this administration, we weren't working as closely as we needed to with the Europeans to create --

MR. O'REILLY: Diplomacy might work. You might be able to strangle them economically.

SEN. OBAMA: Sanctions, maybe.

MR. O'REILLY: Maybe. But that's just all hypothetical.

SEN. OBAMA: Well, everything is hypothetical. But the question is, are we trying to do what we need to do to ratchet up the pressure on them to change their --

MR. O'REILLY: Okay. We'll assume that you're going to ratchet everything you can ratchet.

SEN. OBAMA: Right.

MR. O'REILLY: But I'm going to assume that Iran's going to say, "blank" you, we're going to do what we want. And I want a president, whether it's you or McCain, who says, you ain't doing that.

All right, let's go to Iraq. I think history will show it's the wrong battlefield, okay. And I think that you were perspicacious in your original assessment of the battlefield.

SEN. OBAMA: I appreciate that.

MR. O'REILLY: I think you were desperately wrong on the surge. And I think you should admit it to the nation that now we have defeated the terrorists in Iraq. And the al Qaeda came there after we invaded, as you know. Okay, we've defeated them. If we didn't, they would have used it as a staging ground.

We've also inhibited Iran from controlling the southern part of Iraq by the surge which you did not support. So why won't you say, I was right in the beginning, I was wrong about that?

SEN. OBAMA: You know, if you've listened to what I've said, and I'll repeat it right here on this show, I think that there's no doubt that the violence in down. I believe that that is a testimony to the troops that were sent and General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker. I think that the surge has succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated, by the way, including President Bush and the other supporters.

It has gone very well, partly because of the Anbar situation and the Sunni --

MR. O'REILLY: The awakening, right.

SEN. OBAMA: -- awakening, partly because the Shi'a --

MR. O'REILLY: But if it were up to you, there wouldn't have been a surge.

SEN. OBAMA: Well, look --

MR. O'REILLY: No, no, no, no.

SEN. OBAMA: No, no, no, no, no, no, no.

MR. O'REILLY: If it were up to you, there wouldn't have been a surge.

SEN. OBAMA: No, no, no, no. Hold on.

MR. O'REILLY: You and Joe Biden -- no surge.

SEN. OBAMA: No. Hold on a second, Bill. If you look at the debate that was taking place, we had gone through five years of mismanagement of this war that I thought was disastrous. And the president wanted to double-down and continue on open-ended policy that did not create the kinds of pressure in the Iraqis to take responsibility and reconcile --

MR. O'REILLY: It worked. Come on.

SEN. OBAMA: Bill, what I've said is -- I've already said it succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.

MR. O'REILLY: Right! So why can't you just say, I was right in the beginning, and I was wrong about the surge?

SEN. OBAMA: Because there is an underlying problem with what we've done. We have reduced the violence --

MR. O'REILLY: Yeah?

SEN. OBAMA: -- but the Iraqis still haven't taken a responsibility. And we still don't have the kind of political reconciliation. We are still spending, Bill, 10 (billion dollars) to $12 billion a month.

MR. O'REILLY: And I hope if you're president, you can get them to kick in and pay us back.

SEN. OBAMA: They've got $79 billion in (New York ?)!

MR. O'REILLY: And I'll go with you!

SEN. OBAMA: Let's go!

MR. O'REILLY: We'll get some of that money back.

SEN. OBAMA: (Laughs.)

MR. O'REILLY: All right. Let's go to Afghanistan. Look, there's no winning the Taliban war unless Pakistan cracks down on the guys that are in Pakistan.

SEN. OBAMA: You and I agree completely.

MR. O'REILLY: Okay, yeah, we all know that.

SEN. OBAMA: Right.

MR. O'REILLY: You gave a speech in Denver -- good speech, by the way --

SEN. OBAMA: Thank you.

MR. O'REILLY: -- but you bloviated about McCain not following him to the cave. You're not going to invade Pakistan, Senator, if you're president. You're not going to send ground troops in there. You know it.

SEN. OBAMA: Here's the problem. John McCain loves to say, I would follow him to the gates of hell.

MR. O'REILLY: Well, he's not going to invade, either.

SEN. OBAMA: The point is, what we could have done is --

MR. O'REILLY: Not "could." Let's stay now.

SEN. OBAMA: What we can do --

MR. O'REILLY: Yeah.

SEN. OBAMA: -- is stay focused on Afghanistan and put more pressure on the Pakistanis.

MR. O'REILLY: Like what?

SEN. OBAMA: Well, for example, we are providing them military aid without having enough strings attached. So they're using the military aid that we use --

MR. O'REILLY: For nothing!

SEN. OBAMA: -- to Pakistan, they're preparing for war against India.

MR. O'REILLY: So you're going to pull out and let the Islamic fundamentalists take them over?

SEN. OBAMA: No, no, no, no. What we say is, look, we're going to provide them with additional military support targeted at terrorists, and we're going to help build their democracy and provide the kinds of funding --

MR. O'REILLY: The things that we're doing now. Negroponte is over there, and he's doing that now.

SEN. OBAMA: That's not what we've been doing. We've wasted $10 billion with Musharraf without holding him accountable for knocking out those safe havens.

MR. O'REILLY: All right. So you are going to, again, more diplomacy -- and we need it, absolutely -- try to convince the Pakistani government to take a more aggressive approach and saying, if you don't, we're going to pull the funding.

SEN. OBAMA: And what I will do is, if we have bin Laden in our sites --

MR. O'REILLY: Yeah.

SEN. OBAMA: -- we target him, and we knock him out.

MR. O'REILLY: But everybody will do that. That will be the biggest win Bush could have if he could do that.

SEN. OBAMA: Of course.

MR. O'REILLY: But you can't send ground troops in because if all hell breaks loose.

SEN. OBAMA: We can't have -- nobody talked about a full-blown invasion of Pakistan. The simple point that I made was we've got to put more pressure on Pakistan to do what they need to do.

(Pause videotaped interview.)

MR. O'REILLY: All right. Again, the rest of the interview will be seen on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, and it is lively.

END.

87 Comments

What a bunch of hugs and kisses.

This is the reason Obama needs to be the next president of the United States. He understands how to lead and take care of America needs then other people needs. The Only way we as a nation can stay strong is to take care of our on instead of taking care of every body else.

I believe that Obama provided the answers that were sure to appeal to his contingency, without offending his detractors. I agree that we should either take the money from Iraq for the cost of the war or take credit for reduced oil prices until it is paid for. My 20 year old would know to cut a deal like that....the only problem with him is he would be getting a piece. Secondly the rules of engagement have been totally flawed. If a foreign country comes and says help us, but it is going to be ok for your military assets to be killed and this place or that place is off limits, NO COMMANDER IN CHIEF, worth his salt would agree to those terms. I am apalled that anyone who has agreed to these types of terms from either party can face the nation or the military dependents that have given the ultimate sacrifice, because they could not return fire. War is war their are no rules except winning. Like they say in the street, "every good liberal is one mugging or rape away from being a gun toting conservative."

Obama, no matter how hard pressed refused to admit he was wrong which is pretty standard for politicians. I think he would have gained a measured amount of respect from the other side if he admitted he had made a mistake.

Great job Bill. He (Obama) tried to put the spin on and you stopped him.

Hope you nail him good on his tax policy which will absolutely kill the shaky economy and small businesses, raise unemployment, raise prices as the taxes get passed on to the folks, and send more jobs overseas.

And his energy policy which rules out drilling, nuclear,clean coal technology etc. He's on the wrong side of 70% of the folks.

Regretfully, my worst fears were realized Bill; Obama played you like a fiddle. I had expected much more from you in this interview.

Great going Bill. The real threat to America is this greenhorn, wet behind the ears, born in the USA, presidential wannabe. Oh duh and double duh. Buy the kid a happy meal and get him outta there please!!!

I think it a shame you didn't show Obama tonight. That's all we heard today. I figured something would happen like this. Ya' did the same thing to Larry King someone backed out on coming on his show or something like that. I'm proud of Obama for coming on your show. He is a fine man and I pray he will be a good leader.Do you have to go over the tape to cut out things that you're afraid we Americans want to hear. This old Katt went BLUE and got a Obama tattoo. OKLAHOMA is turning BLUE fast.Kathryn Page O.K.C. OK.

Typical Obama;

Canned answers that were written by the D.N.C. campaign staff.
I work for one of the big three auto makers and have watched the numbers of workers in my plant dwindle while the plant management spews the company line from Detroit. Barack Obama reminds me of one of those managers. He would'nt stray from the party line if his life depended on it no matter what the consequences would be for the country.
If the U.A.W. thinks I'll support this man for president then they'd better think again!

We all knew that Obama wouldn't go on O'reilly unless he could get away with not answering the questions, but more importantly Bill doesn't correct him where he's wrong: maybe out of misinformation himself. Let's remember that most of [B]Europe DIDN'T WANT to work with the USA [/B] not because the USA didn't try to get them onboard. IT's different!!

BILL O'REILLY IS ONE OF THE WORST INTERVIEWERS
IN HISTORY, HE DOESN'T ALLOW THE PERSON HE IS
INTERVIEWING TO FULLY ANSWER HIS QUESTIONS!
HE DOES IT ALL THE TIME, HE WANTS TO INTERJECT
HIS FEELINGS IN THE INTERVIEW, I DON'T CARE ABOUT
BILL O'REILLY'S FEELINGS, I WISH O'REILLY KNEW
HOW TO INTERVIEW!
I KNOW SEAN HANNITY IS CRYING LIKE A BABY, THERE
IS NO WAY SENATOR OBAMA WOULD SIT DOWN WITH THIS
GUY!

I think Obama is insane for talking to a guy like O'Reilly. But with that said, let me just say that Obama is doing a great job. Too bad it will be way, way over the heads of the average Fox viewer...

I suspect that no self respecting Republican would have been available to see your interview with Barack Obama due to the timeslot...however, Mr.'O', I'm sure there were alot of Dems available to hear not only Senator Obama speak, but more importantly to hear your words too. Thank you, I'll be glued to the rest of your interview. Please un-spin him.

Sincerely,
Annette Patterson of Florida

I suspect that no self respecting Republican would have been available to see your interview with Barack Obama due to the timeslot...however, Mr.'O', I'm sure there were alot of Dems available to hear not only Senator Obama speak, but more importantly to hear your words too. Thank you, I'll be glued to the rest of your interview. Please un-spin him.

Sincerely,
Annette Patterson of Florida

Hello Bill, Obama still refuses to answer your questions. Ask him the time,he will tell you how to build a watch ! Keep up your great work.
Thanks for what you do for us.
Charlie

Hello Bill, Obama still refuses to answer your questions. Ask him the time,he will tell you how to build a watch ! Keep up your great work.
Thanks for what you do for us.
Charlie

Bill, Like I wrote you a couple days ago... I will never watch your program again because you let "the One" manipulate into trying to steal time away from McCain's big night. Happy now?

Fanny
Cincinnati Ohio

The Senator's synopsis of the "enemy" as being those "...who have perverted the faith of Islam" is of concern. The true faith of Islam that follows the Koran will always be perverted - and political correctness will not protect America against a religion of hate. It is indeed a challenge to challenge any faith with respect to our freedom of religion. But something must be done, and Presidential hopeful Obama is not the one for America to place their hope in.

So are you guys bummed about McCain's speech? Pretty pathetic, even for him...

Bill Orielly is a lot more far and balanced than Kieth Olbermann as of late.

Olbermann interrupted the RNC time after time and said some pretty bias things.


MSNBC is actually turning into a worst spin machine.

For the first time in my life I have listened carefully to the issues and speeches of the candidates. My vote will not go to the candidate who has mastered the skill of reading the teleprompter. The vote of this american will go to the individual who has the track record of standing up for his country, and that, cannot be denied. John McCain is an american hero. Barak Obama is a good speaker.

It is just unfortunate that people like Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh, who are in the public eye via TV or radio, can be so rude to try to push what they believe onto others, and seem to be blinded by their religious and social conservatism and their preconceived notions of a "socialist" and "anti-patriotic" movement that would accompany any government not led by a Rebuplican. Look where eight years of a Republican (who McCain strongly resembles in his demeanor and policies) got this country, and people are looking for four more years of the same?

As for the poster who calls Islam a religion of hate; thank you for making my point regarding Republicans and their preconceived notions...

It is just unfortunate that people like Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh, who are in the public eye via TV or radio, can be so rude to try to push what they believe onto others, and seem to be blinded by their religious and social conservatism and their preconceived notions of a "socialist" and "anti-patriotic" movement that would accompany any government not led by a Rebuplican. Look where eight years of a Republican (who McCain strongly resembles in his demeanor and policies) got this country, and people are looking for four more years of the same?

As for the poster who calls Islam a religion of hate; thank you for making my point regarding Republicans and their preconceived notions...

O'Reilly is not a news journalist, he's a vaudeville performer. He could care less about his guests, he just wants to hear his own voice. I guess that's why he consistently interrupts his interviewees. It's terrific to be able to read the transcript so you aren't distracted by O'Reilly's theatrics.
I applaud Sen. Obama for not being intimidated by this Loser. OBAMA WILL WIN - and perhaps we can begin to have faith in our government again. It's been a long 8 years...

Senator Obama held his ground during this segment of the interview-so much so that Mr. O'Reilly could not insert his usual condescending political opinions. Several times he actually agreed with Senator Obama. And this sticks in your craws, my in-the-tank-for-whatever republican-is-running fellow Americans, doesn't it?

I suspect that no self respecting Republican would have been available to see your interview with Barack Obama due to the timeslot...however, Mr.'O', I'm sure there were alot of Dems available to hear not only Senator Obama speak, but more importantly to hear your words too. Thank you, I'll be glued to the rest of your interview. Please un-spin him.

Sincerely,
Annette Patterson of Florida

The bottom line:
Obama:
I'll fight Iran by diplomatic means. I would never take a military option off the table, but unfortunately haven’t any plains yet.

What a CHANGE!!!!

In Afghanistan “we're going to provide them with additional military support targeted at terrorists, and we're going to help build their democracy and provide the kinds of funding –“

The same things that we're doing now!
What a CHANGE!!!!

And by all means I'll never admit that I was wrong about the surge in Iraq.
That's also sound familiar doesn’t it? Not a CHANGE at all !!!!

The interview with Senator Obama was pointless not because the Senator didn't give us good points about the war but did you notice it was only about the war and surges that was never a succes for many years. The war is just a topic that arouses the media and certain americans to deflect our concentration off of the issues at HOME. Obama was great he just didn't have a decent interviewer to ask the right questions or getting the reply from Obama that we all want to know and hear.

Can Bill O'Reilly let someone finish a sentence?? Come on...Bill finally got the interview he wanted but all he does is interrupt Obama.

BTW...Obama is not refusing to answer any questions..the problems is that he's CONSTANTLY BEING INTERRUPTED BY BILL O'REILLY.

Both are excellent men.

It is a great relief to me that the election is between two such excellent choices.

That being said I would prefer to have a leader with vision, new ideas, passion and a plan over someone with tons of experience.

Obama has shown that he has the vision and the ability to lead. A great leader knows how to surround him or herself with great people who are subject matter experts. He/she depends on them to give them perspective into issues they may not have enough direct experience to otherwise make a decision on.

McCain will have the same group of people advising him on things that are his weaknesses as Obama will. The end result is who has the best ability to lead. Who is the combination of diplomat, scholar, politician, tactician and statesman that we need.

In his dealings with Mr. O'Reilly, who is almost absurd in his self serving attempts to push his own point of view, we see the poise, grace and humor we need in a leader. Especially when dealing with obnoxious little people like O'Reilly.

who's this Biden that some people keep mentioning?

I am scandalized that Senator Obama agrred to sit with this parochially-minded riffraff. No matter how you try to deal with a cat, it will always mew. Bill de Buffon still betrayed the devil in him and would not let anyone get the benefit of answers to his silly questions. I guess he needed to get up in ratings after being repeatedly trashed by his detractors at MSNBC. Now, when Senator Obama agrees to sit with the alien, Shawn Hannity, he would loose my vote. No one with any shred of decency should talk to that fart, Hannity! His ways are evil, and he is evil!!!. I may condone Bill because he appears to know when to stop, but not the fool, Hannity!

Bill you had nothing to do with McCain's announcement of Sarah Palin as his running mate which tampted down Obama's bump.But you could have kept Obama's interview until after the RNC convention.It was the biggest night of McCain's life. If Obama wouldn't give you the interview then so be it. Anything he would have said he's already said and will say from the stump. Your ratings would not have gone down. BUT instead you copped out .AND you gave him fluff to respond to and you got more of the fluff he's been dishing up for months and months on end.Obama is an ego maniacal legend in his own mind and like your buddy,Rivera you two fit that handle. I'll pass on the factor from now on.

Bill you had nothing to do with McCain's announcement of Sarah Palin as his running mate which tampted down Obama's bump.But you could have kept Obama's interview until after the RNC convention.It was the biggest night of McCain's life. If Obama wouldn't give you the interview then so be it. Anything he would have said he's already said and will say from the stump. Your ratings would not have gone down. BUT instead you copped out .AND you gave him fluff to respond to and you got more of the fluff he's been dishing up for months and months on end.Obama is an ego maniacal legend in his own mind and like your buddy,Rivera you two fit that handle. I'll pass on the factor from now on.

Why is the 'true faith of Islam' any more perverted than any other faith? Do not most Christian groups teach that theirs is the 'one true faith' and that all others are wrong?

As far as freedom of religion goes, there are many, many Christians in this country have bought into the myth that this is a "Christian nation". How do you reconcile the 1st amendment with the 1st commandment? Freedom of religion vs "Thou shalt have no other god before me?" Only the most insane person could accept both these ideas at the same time. Or is the religious right just one giant mass of cognitive dissonance?

I think the interview was excellent. It showed Obama for exactly how he will be as President, unable to make decisions and be firm on security. And FYI - in case some of you complainers don't know this, FOX is a CONSERVATIVE channel so if you didn't like the interview, go back to one of your other 100 liberal stations.

I think the interview was excellent. It showed Obama for exactly how he will be as President, unable to make decisions and be firm on security. And FYI - in case some of you complainers don't know this, FOX is a CONSERVATIVE channel so if you didn't like the interview, go back to one of your other 100 liberal stations.

I believe the interview went well. If your a democrat you saw what you wanted and if your a republican you also saw what you expected. I was surprised and disappointed to see O'Reilly voice his spin against the war. It seems to me that if it is a no spin zone his opinions should be left out. I disagree with O'Bama's approach and still haven't figured out who to vote for with Hillary out of the mix. Hopefully, the next round of interviews will be more informative. I felt this one was a bit bland. I am very concerned that Biden is on the ticket. He is as old school as they come and I always felt he was an arrogant and pompous individual. The fact that he goes home every night doesn’t impress me. I guess I would also if I owned a 10 million dollar mansion. By the way how does a guy get a 10 million dollar mansion of a senator’s paycheck. I doubt his paycheck even covers the taxes. This is a very strange election and I think it was a mistake to kick the Clinton’s out. With Sarah Palin on the ticket I think McCain might be the best choice but I’m still not sure. I guess the best thing of all is that we still have a couple of months to figure this out.

Who interviewed Who..... Fair and Balanced... No spin, Right

U dont expect someone who believes a war is wrong to support sending more troops (surge) to the war, or do u?

O'REILLY HAS BEEN PRETTY DOCILE SINCE THE SYLVIA'S
DEBACLE WHEN HE WENT TO DINNER WITH REV. SHARPTON
HE KNOWS HE PUT HIS FOOT IN HIS MOUTH, SO HE
DOESN'T FLY BY THE SEAT OF HIS PANTS LIKE HANNITY
HE ISN'T A GREAT INTERVIEWER BUT HIS EGO TELLS
HIM THAT HE IS, OBAMA HANDLED HIM VERY WELL!
AT LEAST OBAMA DIDN'T SEND HIS GUYS INTO THE GOP
CONVENTION LIKE MCCAIN SENT HIS CRONIES TO THE
DEMOCRATICE NATIONAL CONVENTION!
DID YOU NOTICE HOW RELAXED HANNITY AND JUAN
WILLIAMS WERE THIS WEEK COMPARED TO LAST WEEK,
THOSE GUYS WERE SCARED TO DEATH!

It seems from Obama's lack of an answer to the question on preparing to be ready in case we need to do something militarily against Iran speaks volumes. All he wants to do is "talk" to our enemies. Bill was right when he said they would tell us "blank you". These are irrational people who do not understand reason or logic. In an Ombana world we are toast.

We should not let other countries to take care our problems by; "provide them with additional military support targeted at terrorists, and we're going to help build their democracy and provide the kinds of funding" (Obama said it)
We are as American, go for war and defeat the terorists --Obama has no experinced about war. O'Reilly, I think you're just waste of your time by talking about war with Obama!

I missed the interview, I actually watched McCain, unfortunately I was dissappointed. He talked about being POW and nothing about what he would do for us. So I am leaning towards Obama/Biden.
But to Fox and Oreilly, why are you guys so one sided? Oreilly and FOX news want Obama to omit that he was wrong about the surge. Look, we have the most powerful military in the world, period. If we had the surge or not, there is no way, militarily, we could loose this war with Iraq or with any country, politically though, yes we could have. We tried aggression and fighting for the last 7 years and look at us here in America and across the world. Or economy is doing terrible and we are frowned upon in other countries. Why not try something different, a change?
I think we Americans are hypocrites, we dont really believe in Democracy unless we already have or can get who we want in power. We want the Shia and Sunni to get along and run Iraq together in harmony with equal representation from both sides,they Hate each other, yet we still have a problem with Obama being president and its NOT just or only his issues thats causing this apprehension.
McCain is starting to play on "change" now, but all I heard was that he was POW. He is a vet, as am I, he and I only know what one thing and that is our military is more powerful than yours so do what we say.
I will be watching the rest of the interview with Obama only. Oreilly, get Palin on your show, treat and ask her the same questioned, dont be soft on her because she is a women and easy to look at. I bet if she looked like Meg Whitman, but still talked and had her same ideas she wouldn't seem so great, yes we are still superficial and have the same prejudices, we just know how to hide them better. just my opinon. Still undecided!! But leaning!

Watching O'Reilly interview Obama is like listening to a desperate and stubborn child screaming for attention. His words are hollow and vile. He lacks intellectual and cultural curiosity and is essentially a mouth piece for the GOP. At least Obama had the maturity to be subjected to an interview on FOX, which cannot be said for McCain on Larry King. Fox continues to espouse the same fear mongering agenda of the religious right and still believes that Bush's endless war that has cost the United States billions a month, a success. Not only have we no international creditility or respect but we are now more vulnerable than ever. Wow, is he and the rest of the conservative base still that clueless?

"By the way how does a guy get a 10 million dollar mansion of a senator’s paycheck. I doubt his paycheck even covers the taxes."

Paladin, Obama paid about $1.6 million for his home, and the price reflected a fair market value. He also wrote two best-selling memoirs, the royalties of which enabled him and Michelle to pay off their student loans and buy a nice home. It's called "being paid for honest work."

I was so incensed at O'Reilly last night, I sent him an email. He refuses to allow his guests to answer his question without interrupting! The man doesn't interview. He interrogates! I was so irritated with the way he conducted himself with Senator Obama, I had to turn it off! Next time Obama agrees to be "interviewed" by O'Reilly, he should wait 9 years, not 9 months. Perhaps O'Reilly will acquire some manners in the interim.

bill o'reilly always sounds like such a douche when he interviews. let a man get a word in edgewise, will ya?

For someone who distrusts the generally bullying tone of Fox News and Bill O'Reilly in particular, I was surprised by this interview which I thought was respectful and informative. Obama held his own, Bill asked the questions he wanted to ask and overall, it was quite interesting, seeing that they agreed on various points.

Obama is no light-weight pushover....and in terms of having all the right answers, history shows that those who think they do, usually get it wrong once they put their play into action....Especially when it comes to wars.

From what I've read, it sounds like most of you are a bunch of whining, Republican babies. The O'Reilly-Obama interview was excellent for the simple fact that is showed, yet again, how well Obama is able to handle himself in the face of adversity. For those of us whose eyes and ears were open, we saw and heard Obama trying to respond to what he was asked, but cut him off O'Reilly tried to force him into agreeing with his emotional opinions, before he could. This is the kind of leader you should desire to run this country -- one who isn't able to be strong-armed and intimidated into agreeing with someone. Don't be angry because Obama was sagacious enough not to give you Republican whiners something else to criticize him on. TAKE YOUR BLINDERS OFF AND OPEN YOUR EARS -- McCain and Sarah seem to only be concerned about off-shore drilling and the war. Well, what about other issues that need to be addressed as well -- duh! WAKE-UP and join us in the 21st century!!!

Mr O'Reilly, I am one of the few mexican-american listeners of your program,(maybe there are more, just not noticeable in your comment section), who feels that a man with your enormous audience, should spend more time addressing immigration questions, especially in this opportunity to ask mr. Obama. Why do you shy away from such important issue which directly affects our economy. If you ever do, please ask the question as to what happens to the millions and millions of dollars that are and have been collected by our federal government from thirteen million or more,illegal immigrants who have these taxes taken out of their wages and are never claimed by them since their documents, if any, are false. Could this be one reason why our government keeps us in the dark about this issue? With all due respect,you seem to be more informed about mid. eastern countries than your own. Please clarify this.

Sure enough Obama made you look small after all the degrading things you said about him not coming to your show. Now that he has it seems that you are not prepared to hear what he has to say. why don't you let him answer the questions in his own way using his own words and not try to put your words in his mouth. I hate it when a jounalist would badger the interviewee in a manner that makes what he has to say incomprehensible. Please, OBAMA is the Presidential candidate and not you. WE want to hear what he will do in respect of all the issues you all say he has no experience to handle. LET THE MAN SPEAK O'Reilly

I'm glad Barack showed up to speak with Bill. Atleast he can go to the enemies house and talk to them, unlike John McCain who has been canceling interviews left and right and does not do anymore interviews. Why is that? Cause he has nothing to talk about other than being a POW.

O'Reilly, you need to read "War and Decision" by Doug Feith. If you did, you would not be so sure that the invasion of Iraq was unwarranted. The invasion was based on the need to prevent further attacks, not only by Al Qaeda that is Sunni, but by the approximately 30 other terrorist groups around the world consisting of both Shia and Sunni Muslims. The Shia Hezbollah, for example, already have murdered 241 US Marines who were sent to Beirut as peacekeepers in the conflict between the Muslims and Christians in Lebanon. There was plenty of evidence that Saddam Hussein had cooperated with terrorist groups even though he had not collaborated with Al Qaeda in the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

We are seeing the 3rd wave of Islamic Imperialism that commenced in 1974 with the murder of the US Ambassador and another US diplomat in Khartoum. Ayatollah Khomeini, who led the invasion of the US embassy grounds in Teheran (US soil) was a Shiite whose religion was not a religion of peace but devoted to the spread of Islam by the sword. The Palestinian who murdered Robert Kennedy, Sirhan Sirhan, in 1968 was neither a Sunni nor a Shiite Muslim but absorbed the same murderous doctrine.

The seeds of the third wave commenced with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt in 1928, dedicated to the practice of Islam as it was in the 7th Century. It didn't get very far until the 1960s when the seeds were fertilized and watered by Saudi petrodollars. The invasion of Iraq was intended to deter the global jihad network from another major attack which might result if Iraq weapons of mass destruction were handed to terrorists for delivery to the US. Even though we found no stockpiles of WMD in Iraq, we did find weapons programs ready to resume as soon the the rest of the world renounced the protections that had been built into the Armistice agreement bringing the first Gulf War to a close.

The invasion served us well because it focused terroist action on Iraq and away from the US mainland. To day, there has not been another major attack on our country.

O'Reilly, why don't you admit you were misled by the narrative of the reason for the invasion that was based on leaks from the State Department and the CIA who were intent on covering their a__es.

To "By Paladin"
I am an independent who supported Hillary. How could you support Sarah Palin? If you liked Hillary why wouldn't you like Biden--they play the same game? So I don't get it.
Wouldn't you rather have your daughters at Harvard Law school editing the Law review like Sen. Obama or at Yale like Hillary than pregnant? Some of my family is blue collar but to a person they would want their daughters to go to law school over having babies. The difference too is that if one does have babies (an individual choice)then let's have the healthcare to take care of them. Also special needs children like Gov. Palin's adorable Trig will (if like many Down's kids) may need medical help for cardiac/respiratory problems or language and communication treatment...I think the state of Alaska provides health care for its governor. How does it take care of those with developmental disabilities who are not covered by the state or private insurance? Medicaid...she needs to put the money where the mouth goes off. You see, it can't be just about bringing babies to term it's about long term care of the individual from conception. She's not your gal.

Dear Dan Finlan:

You can blame your GOP (Gross Oil Party) on your auto industry dwindling. If you watch the documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?" you will see how the oil companied combined with the current administration totally killed an innovative initiative out of California that would have revolutionize the way we travel. This innovation would have put Detroit back to it's glory years, put people back to work and they would have been pumping out cars. People like me who are deeply involved in the green movement will not allow things like this to continue to occur. We will vote in politicians (like Obama) who will listen that Americans need to cut the addiction to oil. It totally grossed me out watching the Repugnant Convention when these highly educated people who have been made delegates by voting process and peers, to shout "Drill, Baby, Drill!" What the H*** are they thinking???? What kind of morons are they knowing that this will be seen the world over???Why on earth do you people think giving MORE concessions to the oil industry there will be any other conclusions other than to continue to hold us in a vise grip?? It sickened me and you conservatives should be ashamed of your party and yourselves.

I also want to say that I heard twice once from that fabulous new Alaskan gal and once from McCain himself---"Clean Coal"----am I mistaken, or have they found a new source of energy? Coal....Clean? I really don't think so. I wonder if Ms Alaskan gal has been to a coal plant....it is not clean. It does not burn clean, byproducts are not clean. Just one more Repugnant spin...by the way, McCain thanks for giving Obama the keys to the White House. We appreciate it.

I can't believe people watch this as news. O'Reilly seems to think he's a foreign policy expert, not a journalist. He practically answers his own questions every time Obama hesitates. It was like watching an armchair quarterback sit down with Farve after a game and telling him how it should be done.

OBAMA DID A GREAT JOB. SHOWED HIS THOUHGTFULNESS ON ISSUES.

I think it was about time that we got down to the "nitty gritty'on Obama's view and his take on the war, what the U.S. is doing now that he disaproves of and what he is planning to do in the future to change the how we as a country are handling this war. This is a big issue finally being asked in specifics. I applaud Obama for going on O'Reilly and respect O'Reilly's interviewing and choice of questions.

So far I don't see any disapproval in any of our present handlings with the war from Obama! Where is his stance? really what is his change going to bring? I will be tuned in

Obama did an awesome job of true leadership ... His thoughts are clear and his vision is perfect. Iraq is the wrong war to begin with and O'reily should really ask McCain to find the Weapons of Mass Destruction. Then I will believe "victory" as McCain would define it.

This interview expresses the same problem with our foreign policy - there is vision of the Middle East and what we need to achieve there. O'Reilly treats Iran as a one issue country, the bomb, and hit criticizes both candidates for not having the guts to invade Northern Pakistan. He doesn't seen the obvious, that the country to best positioned to invade that region is Iran. We should be smart enough t use Iran, a country who wants a peaceful Pakistan as much as we do, to fight any such war. And this could happen if we are smart and tough enough to understand our real interests in the region.

I am also sick of the media using serious issues to score political points. O'Reilly had one purpose this Iraq discussion - he wanted Obama to admit that he was wrong about surge. He has one shot to talk to Obama about this and his effort is about political infighting inside the US. It did nothing to further our understanding of Iraq or what need to do to create a stable country and move on.

Since I was watching the Republican convention I missed seeing the Obama interview. I like Obama. There is one thing about the Republican convention that puzzled me. They blamed the lack of drilling on the Democrats in the senate. Did McCain just find that to be a timely issue? He had seven years with a Republican Congress with George Bush, and I never heard him bring up the issue for a vote at that time. I guess he is for drilling now that he tries for power, but he was against it before this campaign.

Obama is the master of lies, as he is not speaking what he truely believes. He is talking down to us, saying what he thinks we want to hear.

Obama will probably be elected. It is due more to the failures of Bush 43 than to his actual ability. The Dems could have ran practically anyone and had success. It is a testament to his lack of ability that he hasn't sewed this up already, as he failed to sew up the primary battle and finish strong as happens in most primary battles. Look at it objectively as some of the top Dems have. Obama needed to remove the question marks about himself and he has failed to do that. He should change his name to Barack Anti-Bush, for that is how he will be elected. As to O'reilly's show: Obama still cannot admit when he is wrong.

LMAO "good job Bill" oh that's was a lulu of of a laugh. Bill is out of the ball park stupid as well as dumb on all topics.

delighted that senator obama agrred to interview

i wonder when governor palin will agree to any interview ?

of course we realize thats not her decision to make.. nor senator mccains , "president" rove
will give the word ,, but not likely soon

I WONDER IF PALIN WILL EVER GO ON A TALK SHOW?
JUST ASKING?

John Gutierrez, I wish O'Reilly (or anybody) would ask Obama why he endorsed that racist Dorothey Tillman AFTER Tillman made that disgusting comment on the City Council, "The Voting Rights Act pertains ONLY to African-Americans, NOT those Mexicans"?

I'm undecided but I see now why Obama wants to step up our diplomacy - he can actually talk with aggressive individuals like O'Reilly without being manipulated, although I wish O'Reilly had not interrupted him so much. Glad to know we have a thoughtful, mature individual running for the white house. I'm leaning toward Obama after seeing this exchange. Thanks!

True Islam is NOT a "religion of hate" and anyone who thinks so needs to go read the Koran and speak to an American Muslim about his practice.

Jesus himself said "I have not come to bring peace but a sword", and "He who is not with us is against us" - so I guess if we condemn Islam we must condemn Christianity as well.

Am I the only Republican who isn't a bigot these days?

Bill O'Reilly is nothing but a bully all republicans are! And Sarah Palin is nothing but their prop !!!

Well said Connie...
The true and "Allah Fearing" Muslim is more disgusted with Terrorism then most of us Christians. The problem is THEY don't stand up and speak louder against Radical Islam. Much like the silent conservative majority in the United States, they have been way to silent up to now. The Tide is changing! Sorry MSNBC, Olbermann, New York Times...less and less people are paying attention to your charades. You can no longer manipulate the masses.
McCain/Palin '08

Ever notice that, when the discussions and replies in the posts get heated, the conservatives start listing thoughts and discussion points and the liberals start slinging names? Just an observation from a youngster...

That was the worst interview ever! Bill would ask a question and then interrupt when Barack didn't give him the answer he wanted.
I don't care who he was interviewing, he was a terrible interviewer. Obama was way too polite about it all.

Change. Four years of the same. blah blah blah..
What kind of change?
The only leg the Obama camp has to stand on is making McCain sound like Bush and at the same time making it sound like Bush did nothing right. Four more years!
I'm sorry... there is another leg Obama likes to stand on. Racism. When he says people won't vote for him because he doesn't look like the other guys or the presidents on the dollar bills. Racism. No one else is claiming they wouldn't vote for him because of his color. Only Obama is making a big deal out of it. RACISM!
Did Clinton hire black people in the white house? Who hired Colin Powell and Condaleeza Rice?
Oh wait... Bush is supposed to be racist, right? Didn't he fart and blow Katrina out to wipe out the black people?
And he started the oil war!!! War sucks. I was really hoping it would lower the gas prices when he stole all the oil. HAHAHAHA

With all due respect. I am a Canadian but effectively with the same vested interest in the success of the USA as any American. The dominating world power of the USA, whether it be military or economic, direct or indirect, is unparallelled in history and with such power comes an enormous responsibility. Mr. O'Reilly's repeated talk about bombing Iran may make for entertaining speculation for his wrestling fan viewers but is completely irresponsible banter for a potential President.

The O'Reilly show continues to be nothing more than a vaudeville act in a time of global crisis. Given the nature of the program, Obama was right to wait as long as he did to agree to the interview. He clearly stood out as a leader with an obvious understanding of the complexities involved in the subjects discussed as well as the obvious alternative interests of interviewer. Too bad Mr. O'Reilly did not spend the precious time exploring the issues from an point of view of someone who is actually interested in hearing the reponses.

I was disappointed in how unprofessional, un-interesting, and self-serving Bill's interview seemed. He came off as a crybaby who finally got his way, and so was trying to "stick it" to Obama. And lest you think me a leftist, I would sooner write in Micky Mouse than vote Obama. It's just that a good interviewer stumps people with carefully crafted questions and precision follow-ups to catch them off guard as they paint themselves into a corner with their own words. With all the low-hanging fruit around the Obama tree, resorting to being pushy was completely uncalled for and extremely difficult to watch. Bill, if you get a chance to study abroad, I suggest you take a remedial internship at the BBC to learn how to interview people.

Great job, Bill! I'm glad you didn't give him a chance to talk uninterrupted for more than 20 seconds, or he would have completely demolished your petty partisan rhetoric. "No Spin Zone"? Go back to your Bush administration talking points, you "pinhead".

I'm sure my comment won't be approved because of the content, but here goes anyway. This is in response to Tim Green. You say Obama will kill the shaky economy. Excuse me, but the economy is shaky because of the leadership of George W. Bush and McCain wants to follow in his footsteps. Jobs going overseas? It's McCain who wants to send more jobs overseas, not Obama. Taxes being raised? Obama wants to raise taxes on the wealthy, big corporations and oil companies - not the middle class. It's McCain who wants to keep the huge tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, big corporations and oil companies. You have been severely misled my friend. Do we really want more of the same? Can we really AFFORD more of the same?

I think we all know that Bill would not badger Senator McCain the same way he badgered Obama and would not let him speak. But then again, we all know that Fox News is owned and ran by the Republican Party also. Fair and balanced? Since when?

Though the interview was difficult to watch given Bill's bullying, I am amazed at how many people think a detailed/scrutinized plan is due from either candidate at this point. As with any executive level job, you don't get true "inside" info until you get the job, so a generalized plan is the only thing we can accept at best. As prideful as we American's are, it surprises me that so many people are willing to cast their vote based on assumptions without understanding the true issues at hand. The War and Foreign Policy are very important, but only a few of the many items we should be considering before casting our vote. If you are not making your decisions based on the issues and the candidates ability to modify, correct or enhance during their term....you are truly an American Fool. And to Mr. Heat Seeker - You are the only one making this about RACE.

I love how O'Reilly always makes a fool out of himself trying to get his point across, not once did Obama flinch......while Bill is screaming over him......what the hell, that's not being a gentleman, nor is it professional.......

In the Bill Oreilly interview of Barack Obama, regarding the discussion
about Obama's energy plan, in response to Bill asking
Barack, what if the development of alternate energy
sources don't deliver. Obama compared his approach
to John Kennedy's space program, and how if you go
for it , the answers will come. But, the distinction between
our space program and our energy challenge is ... If had taken
us longer than we thought to get to the moon ... or, if we hadn't
gotten to the moon ... no big deal. But, if we put all our hopes
into alternative energy, and it doesn't happen in time ... or, if
it doesn't work, our entire economy, as well as our national
security could end up in ruins. This is an important reason to
secure our energy needs with oil drilling and mining oil shale,
while we try to develop alternate energy. Obama seems to be
playing fast and loose with our country's future ... gambling
with our future, all based on hope and faith ... with consequences
which could be dire. Obama's plans, or lack thereof are
extremely irresponsible. Not suprising from a candidate who
does not have the experience or qualifications to lead, as
President of the United States of America.

It's time for Bill O'Reilly to interview Sarah Palin. I would love to see him try to interrupt her, while she extolls on her vast knowledge of foreign policy. This would be even better than SNL!

There seems to be so much hate in the words of Obama supporters. Obama save us from your followers...

To Phil Smith Jr. : I was beginning to believe I woke up with Rod Serling at my bed before coming to your first rational comment. Caps and all, you're the most together person participating in this. I simply cannot understand why anyone would believe--seriously--that Obama isn't trying as hard as he can to answer a question before this 'prevaricator' of basement broadcast jouranlism consistently interjects negative labels on the THEN Senator and NOW President--take that mister Podium thumper! whether or not he is allowed to explain the surge business or not. Obama deserved to win the election based on this ONE interview alone. For those who don't get it, btw, the news content in HUSTLER magazine is just as awesome as its 'models,' and there's is a one panel strip in it called "The Stupidest Thing Bill O'Reilly Said This Month" which is worth the price of the magazine no matter what your sexual orientation. EVERY source in HUSTLER is attributed correctly and easily checkable.

To Roxanne: Brava on the way you phrased what I've found very difficult to convey about people, mostly women, who formely backed Hillary Clinton but fell in love with the Moose Stew Mom--I'll bet it'd give Obama's chili a real kick to try making it with that--I also just could not believe my eyes when reading or seeing this very petty 'Desperate Housewives' episode that any woman is ok to vote into office. It must have frustrated and discouraged Mrs. Clinton that so many of her base could be so callous and, even worse, woefully lacking in any knowledge of the difference.

But she's gonna make one helluva Secretary of State. Anyone notice that even way before the election, there was nary a word from or about the formerly esteemed Condoleeza Rice?

Forgive me, whoever appproves the copy, I did intend to put my name on the previous comment addressed to Phil Smith Jr. and Roxanne. Thank you.

LinusINTL


I know that this is an old interview and very likely not being disucussed but here's my opinion. I think in recent months Barack Obama has showed himself to be a very forward thinking president. My largest concern in this interview was Barack's decision about conflicts with other nations. There are alot of pissed conservatives who say "The guys to soft, all he wants to do is talk". What the fuck is with this segment of the population? Have we really become this hyper militant nation, where we procede to send in troops and mow people down rather than have some kind of conversation with them to find a peaceful but mutually beneficial solution. Some Americans act like we're the only decent rational people in the world and these "middle easterners" are corrupted devils intent on destroying us. Do any of you ever think about the fact that we have a military industrial complex, and there are groups and corporations in this nation that have a stake in keeping us in this hyper-aggressive self-righteous frame of mind? I mean seriously we are in this totally aggressive frame of mind but does anyone bother to think that there are actual consequences for war, and that it's not about your pull your " hang your balls out" mentality? I mean really it's like " We don't like these people". Well what do we know about them? I don't know but they have a different culture than us." Oh yeah, definitely kill those motherfuckers".

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