Bill O’Reilly Say What?

Posted on Mon 08/10/2009 by


Bill O’Reilly, of the “O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News, recently had an editorial piece published in Parade Magazine entitled “What President Obama Can Teach Our Children.” He makes five points regarding lessons our children can learn from the current Usurper-in-Chief:

  1. Forgiveness
  2. Respect
  3. Persistence
  4. Hard Work
  5. In America, Anything is Possible

For Forgiveness, O’Reilly states “President Obama was just 2 when his father abandoned him and his mother in Hawaii.” Well, not so much. According to WorldNetDaily, Barack Obama Sr lived in an apartment right off campus of the University of Hawaii in Manoa, not at the address listed in the newspaper birth announcements. In addition, college transcripts for Stanley Ann Dunham Obama (Barry’s mother) show she was enrolled in two extension courses at University of Seattle only 15 days after the birth of Barack Hussein Obama II. It is not yet known whether Ann moved to Seattle immediately, but she was definitely there by the time little Barry was 8 months old, in February-March of 1962. It seems from the evidence that is starting to come out that it was mother Ann who was the free spirit who abandoned father Obama, rather than the other way around. Since we know that Ann sent her son to live with her parents in Hawaii when he was only 10, it seems there is a pattern of abandonment – not from Obama Sr, but from Ann herself.

Under Respect, O’Reilly brings up Obama’s respect for his parents, even though they were self-absorbed rather than concerned with their son’s upbringing. He says “[Obama] finds a way not to demean them.” Lying about who left who could be considered demeaning, but the bigger issue here is how Barry threw his [white] grandmother under the bus during the election. Where’s her non–demeaning respect when she’s the one who raised him? O’Reilly quotes Patricia Saunders, a psychologist, who insists that Obama “dealt with his family situation by understanding it.” Really? A ten-year-old understood that his mother ran off to another continent with a man who was not his father, and he understood that his dad was God-knows-where doing God-knows-what with God-knows-who rather than being with his son? Show me a ten-year-old who understands these things and I’ll show you a psychologist who should be working at McDonald’s.

The lesson in persistence is the one that scares me the most. Sure, persistence pays off, but do we really want it to pay off when it means our country goes from being a free representative republic to a socialist Marxist’s utopia? Sometimes it’s not “persistence,” but stubbornness, an inability to let go of something, even if it’s bad for you and you bad for it.

As for Hard Work, Bill suggests that work will ultimately design our children’s futures. I beg to differ. Our children’s work will certainly be a part of our kids’ lives, but their futures are designed more on each child’s ability and willingness to try something new, know when to move on to something more productive, and hold respectable virtues. These are values taught at home and not in public schools or at work.

We all know that In America, Anything is Possible. O’Reilly suggests that while some people shy way when confronted with a challenge, Obama somehow is a superman for overcoming his bad childhood. Take for example Dave Thomas, of Wendy’s fast food fame. Dave was adopted at 6 weeks old, then his adoptive mother died when he was 5. The rest of his childhood was spent moving from state to state with his father looking for work and spending summers with – yep – his grandmother. Thomas started working when he was only 12 and finally received his GED 45 years after dropping out of high school. He became a millionaire at age 35 by fixing the financial problems of several KFC restaurants, selling them back to the corporation once they were functioning profitably again. In 1992, at age 60, he founded the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, which helped lead the way for the Clinton Adoption and Safe Families Act later in the decade. Dave Thomas left this world in 2002, leaving behind him a great story of rags-to-riches, compassion, charity, and innovation. He is a true hero, a testament to the American dream, and someone who is not honored as much as he should be. Obama’s hand-holding throughout his young life by everyone from his grandparents, Frank Marshall Davis, and any number of red comrades he did drugs with is hardly the make-you-cry proud story O’Reilly wants us to think it is.

Read Bill’s op-ed for yourself.