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Author:  Michael J. Gaynor
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Date:  February 4, 2014
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Bill O'Reilly Exposes, Then Hearts Duplicitous President Obama

No wonder O'Reilly got the interview. Sean Hannity would not said, "I think your heart is in the right place" and dropped the subject of the President's desire to "fundamental transform" the United States to get the President's thoughts on the Super Bowl on the record.

On Super Bowl Sunday Bill O'Reilly interviewed President Obama.

O'Reilly respects the Presidency, as he should, but he's not obsequious and interrupts the President when the President is avoiding a direct answer to his question.

Good for him.

But O'Reilly seems to have a huge blind spot when it comes to the President...or was he paying the price of getting the interview?

Near the close of the interview O'Reilly told the President, "I think your heart is in the right place."

REALLY???

Below is the transcript of the interview (www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/02/transcript-bill-oreilly-interviews-president-obama/).

Read it.

Particularly this part, where President Obama ran away from his 2008 presidential campaign declaration and O'Reilly noted it:

O'REILLY: "Mr. President, why do you feel it's necessary to fundamentally transform the nation that has afforded you so much opportunity and success?"

OBAMA: I don't think we have to fundamentally transform the nation...

O'REILLY: But those are your words.

A repentant liar's heart can be "in the right place," but President Obama was unrepentant and O'Reilly should not have declared that he thinks that President Obama's "heart is in the right place."

That mind-boggling declaration was a disgrace.

In 2008 presidential candidate declared, "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United State of America" (www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrefKCaV8m4).

Read on and decide for yourself whether a President who has done, and not done, what President Obama, did, and did not, do has a "heart...in the right place."

No wonder O'Reilly got the interview. Sean Hannity would not said, "I think your heart is in the right place" and dropped the subject of the President's desire to "fundamental transform" the United States to get the President's thoughts on the Super Bowl on the record.

BILL O'REILLY, HOST: Mr. President, thank you for doing this.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Great to be with you.

O'REILLY: Really appreciate it.

I want to get some things on the record.

So let's begin with health care.

OBAMA: Yes?

O'REILLY: October 1st it rolls out.

OBAMA: Right.

O'REILLY: Immediately, there are problems with the computers.

OBAMA: Right.

O'REILLY: When did you know there were going to be problems with those computers?

OBAMA: Well, I think we all anticipated there would be glitches, because any time you've got technology, a new program rolling out, there are going to be some glitches. I don't think I anticipated or anybody anticipated the degree of the problems with the Web site. And...

O'REILLY: So you just didn't know when it rolled out that this was going to be...

OBAMA: Well, I don't think...

O'REILLY: -- a problem?

OBAMA: -- as I said, I don't think anybody anticipated the degree of problems that you had on HealthCare.gov. The good news is that right away, we decided how are we going to fix it, it got fixed within a month and a half, it was up and running and now it's working the way it's supposed to and we've signed up three million people.

O'REILLY: I don't know about that, because last week, there was an Associated Press call of people who actually went to the Web site and only 8 percent of them feel that it's working well, working well.

Why didn't you fire Sebelius, the secretary in charge of this...

OBAMA: (INAUDIBLE).

O'REILLY: -- because I mean she had to know, after all those years and all that money, that it wasn't going to work?

OBAMA: You know, my main priority right now is making sure that it delivers for the American people. And what we...

O'REILLY: You're not going to answer that?

OBAMA: -- what -- what we've ended up doing is we've got three million people signed up so far. We're about a month behind of where we anticipated we wanted to be. We've got over six million people who have signed up for Medicaid.

O'REILLY: Yes.

OBAMA: We've got three million young people under the age of 26 who have signed up on their parents' plan. And so what we're constantly figuring out is how do we continue to improve it, how do we make sure that the folks who don't have health insurance can get health insurance...

O'REILLY: OK...

OBAMA: -- and those who are underinsured are able to get better health insurance.

O'REILLY: I'm sure -- I'm sure that the intent is noble, but I'm a taxpayer.

OBAMA: Yes.

O'REILLY: And I'm paying Kathleen Sebelius' salary and she screwed up.

OBAMA: Yes.

O'REILLY: And you're not holding her accountable.

OBAMA: Yes, well, I -- I promise you that we hold everybody up and down the line accountable. But when we're...

O'REILLY: But she's still there.

OBAMA: -- when we're in midstream, Bill, we want to make sure that our main focus is how do we make this thing work so that people are able to sign up?

And that's what we've done.

O'REILLY: All right.

Was it the biggest mistake of your presidency to tell the nation over and over, if you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance?

OBAMA: Oh, Bill, you've got a long list of my mistakes of my presidency...

O'REILLY: But, no, really, for you...

OBAMA: -- as I've (INAUDIBLE)...

O'REILLY: -- wasn't that the biggest one?

OBAMA: But this is -- this is one that I regret and I've said I regretted, in part because we put in a grandfather clause in the original law saying that, in fact, you were supposed to be able to keep it. It obviously didn't cover everybody that we needed to and that's why we changed it, so that we further grandfathered in folks and many people who thought originally, when they got that cancellation notice, they couldn't keep it or not (INAUDIBLE)...

O'REILLY: It's in the past. But isn't that the...

OBAMA: So...

O'REILLY: -- biggest mistake?

OBAMA: Well, I, you know, Bill, as I said...

O'REILLY: You gave your enemies...

OBAMA: You...

O'REILLY: -- a lot of fodder for it.

OBAMA: -- you were very generous in saying I look pretty good considering I've been in the presidency for five years. And I think part of the reason is, I try to focus not on the fumbles, but on the next plan.

O'REILLY: All right.

Libya, House Armed Services testimony, General Carter Ham, you know, the general?

OBAMA: Yes. Right.

O'REILLY: Security in Africa.

OBAMA: Yes.

O'REILLY: He testified that on the day that the ambassador was murdered and the three other Americans, all right, he told Secretary Panetta it was a terrorist attack. Shortly after Ham, General Ham, said that, Secretary Panetta came in to you.

OBAMA: Yes.

O'REILLY: Did he tell you, Secretary Panetta, it was a terrorist attack?

OBAMA: You know what he told me was that there was an attack on our compound...

O'REILLY: He didn't tell you...

OBAMA: -- (INAUDIBLE)...

O'REILLY: -- he didn't use the word "terror?"

OBAMA: You know, in -- in the heat of the moment, Bill, what folks are focused on is what's happening on the ground, do we have eyes on it, how can we make sure our folks are secure...

O'REILLY: Because I just want to get this on the record...

OBAMA: So, I...

O'REILLY: -- did he tell you it was a terror attack?

OBAMA: Bill -- and what I'm -- I'm answering your question. What he said to me was, we've got an attack on our compound. We don't know yet...

O'REILLY: No terror attack?

OBAMA: -- we don't know yet who's doing it. Understand, by definition, Bill, when somebody is attacking our compound...

O'REILLY: Yes?

OBAMA: -- that's an act of terror, which is how I characterized it the day after it happened. So the -- so the question ends up being who, in fact, was attacking us?

O'REILLY: But it's more than that...

OBAMA: And that...

O'REILLY: -- though...

OBAMA: -- well, we...

O'REILLY: -- because of Susan Rice.

OBAMA: No, it...

O'REILLY: It's more than that because if Susan Rice goes out and tells the world that it was a spontaneous demonstration...

OBAMA: Bill...OBAMA: Bill...

O'REILLY: -- your commanders and the secretary of Defense know it's a terror attack...

OBAMA: Now, Bill...

O'REILLY: Just...

OBAMA: -- Bill...

O'REILLY: -- as an American...

OBAMA: -- Bill -- Bill...

O'REILLY: -- I'm just confused.

OBAMA: And I'm -- and I'm trying to explain it to, if you want to listen. The fact of the matter is is that people understood, at the time, something very dangerous was happening, that we were focused on making sure that we did everything we can -- could -- to protect them. In the aftermath, what became clear was that the security was lax, that not all the precautions and -- that needed to be taken were taken and both myself and Secretary Clinton and others indicated as much.

But at the moment, when these things happen, Bill, on the other side of the world, people...

O'REILLY: It's the fog of war...

OBAMA: -- people -- that's -- people don't know at the very moment exactly why something like this happens. And when you look at the videotape of this whole thing unfolding, this is not some systematic, well organized process. You see...

O'REILLY: Well, it was heavy weapons used...

OBAMA: -- you...

O'REILLY: -- and that...

OBAMA: -- what you...

O'REILLY: -- that's the thing...

OBAMA: -- what you see -- Bill...

O'REILLY: -- heavy weapons coming in.

OBAMA: -- Bill, listen, I -- I -- I've gone through this and we have had multiple hearings on it. What happens is you have an attack like this taking place and you have a mix of folks who are just troublemakers. You have folks who have an ideological agenda.

O'REILLY: All right.

OBAMA: You have some who are affiliated with terrorist organizations. You have some that are not. But the main thing that all of us have to take away from this is our diplomats are serving in some very dangerous places.

O'REILLY: But there's more...

OBAMA: And we've got...

O'REILLY: -- there's more than that...

OBAMA: -- and we've got -- and we've got to make sure that not only have we implemented all the reforms that were recommended...

O'REILLY: OK.

OBAMA: -- by the independent agency...

O'REILLY: I...

OBAMA: -- but we also have to make sure that we understand our folks out there are in a hazardous, dangerous situation...

O'REILLY: I think everybody understands that...

OBAMA: -- and we...

O'REILLY: -- Mr. President.

OBAMA: No, but -- but, actually, not everybody does, because what ends up happening...

O'REILLY: I think they do.

OBAMA: -- what ends up happening is we end up creating a political agenda...

O'REILLY: Absolutely...

OBAMA: -- over something...

O'REILLY: -- and that's...

OBAMA: -- (INAUDIBLE)...

O'REILLY: -- that was my next question.

OBAMA: -- which Democrats and Republicans should be unified in trying to figure out how are we going to protect people (INAUDIBLE)?

O'REILLY: I've got to get to the IRS...

OBAMA: OK.

O'REILLY: -- but I just want to say that they're -- your detractors believe that you did not tell the world it was a terror attack because your campaign didn't want that out.

OBAMA: Bill, think about...

O'REILLY: That's what they believe.

OBAMA: -- and they believe it because folks like you are telling them that.

O'REILLY: No, I'm not telling them that.

(LAUGHTER)

O'REILLY: I'm asking you whether you were told...

OBAMA: But -- and what I'm saying is...

O'REILLY: -- it was a terror attack and you...

OBAMA: -- and what I'm saying is that is inaccurate.

O'REILLY: All right.

OBAMA: We -- we revealed to the American people exactly what we understood at the time. The notion that we would hide the ball for political purposes when, a week later, we all said, in fact, there was a terrorist attack taking place the day after, I said it was an act of terror, that wouldn't be a very good cover-up...

O'REILLY: All right.

OBAMA: -- if that's what we were interested in.

O'REILLY: I've got to get to the IRS...

OBAMA: Yes.

O'REILLY: -- because I don't know what happened there and I'm hoping maybe you can tell us. Douglas Shulman, former IRS chief, he was cleared into the White House 157 times, more than any of your cabinet members, more than any other IRS guy in the history, by far.

OK, why was Douglas Shulman here 157 times?

Why?

OBAMA: Mr. Shulman, as the head of the IRS, is constantly coming in, because at the time, we were trying to set up the, uh, HealthCare.gov and the IRS...

O'REILLY: What did he have to do with that?

OBAMA: -- and the IRS is involved in making sure that that works as part of the overall health care team.

O'REILLY: So it was all health care?

OBAMA: Number two, we've also got the IRS involved when it comes to some of the financial reforms to make sure that we don't have taxpayer funded bailouts in the future. So you had all these different agendas in which the head of the IRS is naturally involved.

O'REILLY: Did you speak to him a lot...

OBAMA: -- (INAUDIBLE).

O'REILLY: -- yourself?

OBAMA: I do not recall meeting with him in any of these meetings that are pretty routine meetings that we had.

O'REILLY: OK, so you don't -- you don't recall seeing Shulman, because what some people are saying is that the IRS was used...

OBAMA: Yes.

O'REILLY: -- at a -- at a local level in Cincinnati, and maybe other places to go after...

OBAMA: Absolutely wrong.

O'REILLY: -- to go after.

OBAMA: Absolutely wrong.

O'REILLY: But how do you know that, because we -- we still don't know what happened there?

OBAMA: Bill, we do -- that's not what happened. They -- folks have, again, had multiple hearings on this. I mean these kinds of things keep on surfacing, in part because you and your TV station will promote them.

O'REILLY: But don't...

OBAMA: But when (INAUDIBLE)...

O'REILLY: -- think there are unanswered questions?

OBAMA: Bill, when you actually look at this stuff, there have been multiple hearings on it. What happened here was it that you've got a...

O'REILLY: But there's no definition on it.

OBAMA: -- you've got a 501(c)(4) law that people think is focusing. No -- that the folks did not know how to implement...

O'REILLY: OK...

OBAMA: -- because it basically says...

O'REILLY: -- so you're saying there was no...

OBAMA: -- if you are involved...

O'REILLY: -- no corruption there at all, none?

OBAMA: That's not what I'm saying.

O'REILLY: (INAUDIBLE).

OBAMA: That's actually...

O'REILLY: No, no, but I want to know what...

OBAMA: -- (INAUDIBLE)...

O'REILLY: -- you're saying. You're the leader of the country.

OBAMA: Absolutely.

O'REILLY: You're saying no corruption?

OBAMA: No.

O'REILLY: None?

No?

OBAMA: There were some -- there were some bone-headed decisions...

O'REILLY: Bone-headed decisions...

OBAMA: -- out of -- out of a local office...

O'REILLY: But no mass corruption?

OBAMA: Not even mass corruption, not even a smidgeon of corruption, I would say.

O'REILLY: OK. I got a letter from Kathy LaMaster (ph), Fresno, California. I said I would read one letter from the folks, all right?

OBAMA: All right.

O'REILLY: "Mr. President, why do you feel it's necessary to fundamentally transform the nation that has afforded you so much opportunity and success?"

OBAMA: I don't think we have to fundamentally transform the nation...

O'REILLY: But those are your words.

OBAMA: I think that what we have to do is make sure that here in America, if you work hard, you can get ahead. Bill, you and I benefitted from this incredible country of ours, in part, because there were good jobs out there that paid a good wage, because you had public schools that functioned well, that we could get scholarships if we didn't come from a wealthy family, in order to go to college.

O'REILLY: Right.

OBAMA: That, you know, if you worked hard, not only did you have a good job, but you also had decent benefits, decent health care...

O'REILLY: They're cutting me off...

OBAMA: -- and for a lot of folks, we don't have that. We've got to make sure that we're doing everything we can to expand the middle class...

O'REILLY: All right...

OBAMA: -- and work hard and people who are working hard can get into the middle class.

O'REILLY: I think -- I -- you know, I know you think maybe we haven't been fair, but I think your heart is in the right place.

Projection for the game -- who's going to win the Super Bowl?

OBAMA: I can't make a prediction. I don't know. These guys are too evenly matched. I think it is going to be 24-21, but I don't know who's going to be...

O'REILLY: You don't really know?

OBAMA: -- 24 and I don't know who's going to be 21.

O'REILLY: Mr. President, thanks very much.

OBAMA: I enjoyed it.

Thank you.

No wonder he enjoyed it. O'Reilly vouched for President Obama's "good heart."

When a President's Administraation fails in major ways, as President Obama's Administration has, that President desperately needs to be perceived as well intentioned and O'Reilly passed on asking the President whether his lies to the American people were worth it.

Michael J. Gaynor

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Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.

Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.

The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.

Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.

Gaynor's email address is gaynormike@aol.com.


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