opinion web
Liberal Opinion Conservative Opinion
Bill O'Reilly
Bill O'Reilly
28 Dec 2013
Teenage Werewolves

Back in the 1950s, "Little Joe Cartwright" starred in a movie called "I Was a Teenage Werewolf.… Read More.

21 Dec 2013
The Christmas Spirit

Anyone offended by public displays of Christmas needs to see a psychiatrist. Are we clear on this? You are a … Read More.

14 Dec 2013
Merry Christmas, 1913

One hundred years ago in America, Christmas was a mighty different situation. Based on newspaper reports, MyHeritage.… Read More.

Heckling President Obama


With the 24/7 cable TV news cycle now beamed all over the world, President Barack Obama must be wondering whether he will ever have a moment of peace again. If it isn't the Tea Party people calling him a socialist, it's disenchanted Republicans saying his administration couldn't care less about being bipartisan. As the nation becomes more polarized ideologically, the president is given no quarter in the criticism department.

And now the far left is after him. Recently, the president's speech in Los Angeles was interrupted by protestors yelling about the "don't ask, don't tell" military policy. Signed by President Clinton, this directive orders military authorities not to inquire about homosexuality and tells gay military personnel not to talk about it.

Obama is on record as saying he wants to revoke the policy and allow gays to serve openly. But that does not seem to be enough for some dissenters. They want revocation right this minute and are confronting Obama. Last week, police had to clear Lafayette Park across the street from the White House because DADT protestors became so rowdy. That was extremely unusual, as the park is traditionally set aside for dissenters.

Also, peace activists Code Pink and Cindy Sheehan have now branded the president a "warmonger" for not pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan, which, of course, would immediately lead to thousands of deaths. It's interesting that the peaceniks apparently don't care whether many people die violent deaths as long as "peace" is embraced.

And they don't seem to be bothered by the fact that Afghan women would be brutalized if the Taliban returns. Give peace a chance? Sure, if you don't mind women not being able to leave the house.

Before television and radio, presidents largely had it made. Teddy Roosevelt often groused about unfair attacks in the print press, but old Teddy could shoot animals all day long and nobody said a word about it.

James Buchanan had no idea what he was doing, and his incompetence directly led to the Civil War. Yet, Buchanan could sleep well at night knowing that few knew he was a nitwit.

Even John F. Kennedy understood that he had the media under control and could do pretty much what he wanted in his off hours. The presidency is a stressful job; apparently Kennedy dealt with that stress in ways that would have made him an Internet sensation today.

The truth is that the modern American president is a pi¤ata. It's whack-a-mole time on Pennsylvania Avenue. Every second of every day, somebody is hammering the chief executive.

This kind of stuff takes a toll. Many brilliant Americans simply will not enter politics because they don't want their spirits crushed. I admire the resiliency of President Obama, just as I admired President Bush's pluck. These are tough guys, like 'em or not.

Veteran TV news anchor Bill O'Reilly is host of the Fox News show "The O'Reilly Factor" and author of the book "Who's Looking Out For You?" To find out more about Bill O'Reilly, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at This column originates on the Web site




0 Comments | Post Comment
Already have an account? Log in.
New Account  
Your Name:
Your E-mail:
Your Password:
Confirm Your Password:

Please allow a few minutes for your comment to be posted.

Enter the numbers to the right: comments policy
Bill O'Reilly
Dec. `13
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
About the author About the author
Write the author Write the author
Printer friendly format Printer friendly format
Email to friend Email to friend
View by Month
Deb Saunders
Debra J. SaundersUpdated 14 Feb 2016
Steve Chapman
Steve ChapmanUpdated 14 Feb 2016
Mark Shields
Mark ShieldsUpdated 13 Feb 2016

11 Oct 2008 Confronting Barney

2 May 2009 Obama Derangement

3 Aug 2013 Helping the Kids