O'Reilly: Were the Conservative Radio Talk Show Hosts Correct?
BILL O'REILLY, 'O'REILLY FACTOR' HOST: We'll begin with this question: were the conservative radio talk show hosts correct about President Obama from the beginning? That is the subject of this evening's "Talking Points Memo"?
As you may know, there's bitter divide in America between committed liberals and staunch conservatives. The debate often gets nasty, personal and even defamatory. The left basically wants a different America, a progressive place where the federal government calls the shot.
The right wants to maintain tradition and believes that smaller government is best.
Enter, perhaps, the most liberal president in history, Barack Obama. From the beginning of his campaign in 2007, he has been severely criticized on conservative talk radio.
No surprise there. The president stands for things the right wing loathes.
Criticism is directed at the president are both personal and professional. The personal stuff doesn't amount to much. He is not a Muslim. He was not born in Kenya. He has never done anything nefarious -- word of the day.
But the professional criticisms are turning out to be somewhat valid. A new CBS News/"New York Times" poll usually very generous to the president shows his administration has collapsed in the court of public opinion. Independents have joined conservatives in believing the president is not doing a good job.
The basic problem is competency. And you may remember that the radio guys pointed out that Barack Obama had little experience running anything. That he was basically a community organizer and theoretician. Well, if you examine the facts, without emotion, that seems to be accurate.
Mr. Obama's management skill and problem-solving ability are dubious. Let me back it up with a vivid example. President Obama was quite clear, quite clear, that if elected president, he would reform the Veterans Affairs Department.
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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The true test of our patriotism is whether we will serve our returning heroes as well as they've served us. That's why I pledged to build a 21st century V.A. as president. That means no more red tape.
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O'REILLY: So, what happened to that pledge? Well, the V.A. is now a scandal. There are allegations that more than 1,000 American vets have actually died because they could not access proper care. The V.A. admits that more than 120,000 vets waited far too long for doctors so see them. In addition, the Feds have paid out $845 million to settle V.A. malpractice suits.
Senator Coburn of Oklahoma, a physician himself, has identified $25 billion wasted by the V.A. Despite that, $100 million given to V.A. administrators in bonus money in 2010 alone, a shocking abuse of taxpayer money.
And while all that was happening, President Obama did nothing, absolutely nothing. Add that the border, Iraq, Putin, the IRS, and you have an administration that's basically missing in action.
In fact, for you history buffs, what's happening right now is almost identical to President U.S. Grant's second term. It all fell apart for the old general because did he not pay attention.
So, to be fair, it looks like the conservative
radio talk show hosts were correct in their assessment of Barack Obama's
ability to run the country. Or am I wrong? And that's "The Memo."