On his FNC program The O’Reilly Factor tonight, Bill O’Reilly used the Gulf oil spill as evidence that President Obama has become more polarizing than George W. Bush, “The fuse has been lit. President Obama has become even more polarizing than George W. Bush was.”
Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:
O’Reilly said, “The United States is the most powerful country the world has ever seen, and now it is an angry nation. The fuse has been lit. President Obama has become even more polarizing than George W. Bush was, and almost every elected politician is in danger of losing his or her job. Simply put, Americans are fed up. They believe they can no longer control their own lives.”
That is a nice little bit of Fox News fantasy O’Reilly put out there. It’s too bad that it isn’t true. If Americans are so fed up and there is such a rising tide coming in the November elections, then why are these establishment politicians from both parties doing so well in the primaries? There is no doubt that Americans are frustrated and angry about the economy and the oil spill, but if Obama is so polarizing, why aren’t Republicans more popular? Why have Democrats now taken a small lead on the generic congressional ballot, and why do the Republicans in Congress have an 11% approval rating? If Bill-O is speaking the truth, then something doesn’t add up.
It would be impossible for Obama to be as polarizing as Bush, because the Florida 2000 fiasco polarized the country before Bush ever took office. Under his ideologically driven administration, the polarization continued to grow. Whereas, the Right has been on a mission to obstruct, minimize, and make Obama seem as polarizing since the day he won the election. It is their strategy to defeat him. The Republican strategy is to make Obama look as bad as Bush, this is where Bill-O’s comments fit in.
People like O’Reilly are hoping that the American people don’t notice that it is the Republican Party and their media arm, Fox News who are trying to divide and polarize the nation. Obama tried his best to be bi-partisan when he first arrived in Washington, and got spit in the eye for his efforts. People like O’Reilly continue to blame Obama for the polarization, while they continue to work to divide the country every single day. Bill O’Reilly can try to sell his half baked con job, and even if the viewers of Fox News aren’t smart enough to see through it, lucky for us, the rest of the country is.