Even Bill O'Reilly criticized Michele Bachmann for outrageous CPAC remarks [VIDEO]
Now that Bill O'Reilly has weighed in, we can officially say Bachmann's CPAC speech has been universally decried.
Michele Bachmann's no-good-very-bad week didn't improve any last night when she became the target of friendly fire from Fox News pundit Bill O'Reilly.
During a segment on his show last night, O'Reilly characterized Bachmann's much-maligned CPAC blast of President Obama as the type of "nonsense" that is "obscuring serious problems in this country."
Here's a transcript of O'Reilly's remarks, followed by the raw video:
This would be much ado about nothing if not for the fact that trivial attacks on President Obama [are] obscuring serious problems in this country. Does the President live well in the White House? Yes he does. Is there money wasted there? You bet there is. But every other President in history has lived in comfort, and it looks like President Bush the younger had a bigger White House budget than Barack Obama does.
This is a trivial pursuit, and Michele Bachmann made a mistake pursuing it. With the nation now owing close to 17 trillion dollars, I wish the President was more like Pope Francis, who as a Cardinal in Argentina rejected all the lavish perks. But Mr. Obama is entitled to protection, convenience, and comfort as he runs the nation. Congresswoman Bachmann and all opponents of Mr. Obama should zero in on what's really important -- the President's failure to deal with out-of-control spending and his core beief that America is not a fair country. That's what important, not who's walking the presidential dog. By the way, that's the gardener who walks the dog and he's always walked the dogs! And how many movies the Obamas watched. Jimmy Carter watched 300 movies -- it might of been more, that was so out of control back then.
Now, it's long past time for partisans on both the right and the left to cut the nonsense and look at things clearly. We've got huge problems in America, and the President is directly responsible for some of those problems. He's not willing to compromise, he doesn't see the big economic picture, and he's way too far left for a Commander in Chief. That's what we should be focusing on.
It's not a good day when you're a Republican and Fox News is taking shots at you. But given how Bachmann's week has gone thus far, we wouldn't be surprised if even Andy Parrish ends up taking some digs at his former boss before the weekend arrives.
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