Obama enters the Lion’s Den, comes out a winner

People wonder why President Obama sat down with ultra-conservative talk show host Bill O’Reilly during the pre-game Super Bowl show on Fox. I believe he did it because he believes he is the president for all the people.

Now, I know many of you will criticise me yet again for being naive. And, I am for sure. I’m also aware that his advisers may have cautioned him against it but he was committed in doing so. Yes, the Super Bowl does have the largest television audience, and, yes, he is beginning to run again for president and finally, yes, if he did well, it is a shot across the bow to all conservatives: He is the President and he intends to renew his contract with the American people in 2012.

He did better than well. Mr. O’Reilly appeared ill at ease and in over his head. He tried to control the conversation with quick questions and no time for answers. The President was calm and articulate. He as at his best. Mr. O’Reilly was not.

O’Reilly’s claim to fame is to bully his guests into some form of admission that his thinking is really the most effective. It did not work with the President. He stammered and ended up agreeing with Obama more than he appeared comfortable doing.

The other day, I was chatting with a friend about President Obama and he said: “I’m grateful that for once we have a president I know is smarter than me. That has not happened in a long time.”

Truer words were never spoken. Thank God for the President of the United States.


About stevewhitmore

Former award-winning newspaperman and broadcast journalist, both radio and TV, spanning three decades. Army-trained paralegal, court bailiff and prosecutor's lead investigator for the 8th Infantry Division's Judge Advocate General's Corp., Mainz, Germany. 1973-1975.
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