Monday, October 21, 2013
On The O'Reilly Factor...
Segment Summaries
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Talking Points Memo & Top Story
President Playing Hardball
Guest: Brit Hume

"Don't expect much compromise in Washington for the rest of Barack Obama's tenure; partisan feelings are so bitter that detente will be difficult to reach. The President is a sensitive man and he is furious with people attacking him personally. He is on a mission to destroy the hard right, while some conservatives despise the President because they believe he's harming them and the country. President Obama will use immigration reform to once again hammer the right wing. At the same time, the immigration debate will obscure the disastrous Obamacare rollout, which the President addressed today. Mr. President, your administration botched this and you have not held anyone accountable. That infuriates not only conservatives, but Americans who want efficient government. This is Mr. Obama's blind spot - he doesn't seem to believe that his administration should embrace high standards of competence. We saw it in the military families debacle, where grieving Americans were denied money because the President and the Secretary of Defense were not pro-active in protecting them. We see it in the IRS investigation, which remains shrouded in mystery. So there are bad feelings and the situation is getting worse. President Obama is going after the right wing, no question in my mind."

The Factor invited reaction from FNC analyst Brit Hume. "I think he wants to defeat Republicans," Hume said, "and he would like to defeat them so badly that he can win control of the House again and keep control of the Senate. President Obama is a man who thinks he's the smartest guy in every room and people continually describe him as always 'bored,' so he doesn't have a lot of patience for conservatives and he doesn't have a lot of sympathy for what they believe. But I don't agree with you that this is personal. The divide is about as deep as it can get and it's bitter, but I don't think it's necessarily personal." The Factor disagreed with Hume's premise: "From people I know who know Barack Obama, he does not like to get criticized about anything, ever. That's just who he is, he doesn't take it well."
Impact Segment
Slipping Approval Rate
Guests: Juan Williams & Mary Katharine Ham
Mary Katharine Ham and Juan Williams scrutinized President Obama's approval ratings, which have dropped to about 44%. "He has some things up his sleeve," Williams declared. "He's got immigration coming down the pike and I also think he expects to get something done on the budget. Right now President Obama's numbers are the same as Bush's and Clinton's at this point in his second term. Republicans would kill to have his numbers!" Ham contended that the Obamacare debacle could seriously damage the President. "I would advise him to be transparent, deal with mistakes seriously, hold people accountable, and keep promises. Obamacare is a perfect example of none of those things happening. This was a very complex project and they totally muffed it. In fact, it is hurting people who were supposed to be helped."
Personal Story Segment
Race & Crime in America
Guest: Andrew Young
A group of ten young black people, among them a 12-year-old girl, severely beat a white couple in Brooklyn last week, the latest in a rash of similar crimes. The Factor asked former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young to analyze the violence being committed by black teens. "The government and the welfare state," Young theorized, "stopped young mothers from living with their mothers, which separated children from their grandparents by government policy. Also, you couldn't get any benefits for children if you had a man in the house. This is also the effect of 200 years of slavery and 100 years of segregation." Young actually praised some aspects of the rap culture. "These kids express their violence harmonically and make money on it. They're migrating into starting businesses and making their own films." The Factor agreed with Young's point about family disintegration, saying, "There's a culture among African Americans that is accepting of the fact that fathers abandon their children."
Personal Story Segment
Entitlement Nation
Guest: Andrew Young
Returning for another segment, Andrew Young turned to the fact that black Americans receive a disproportionate amount of Medicaid, food stamps and other government support. "Everybody in America has been dependent on the government at some time," he stated. "We owe everybody in America the right to vote and access to capital. What I say is, let's make America work, let's make democracy and free enterprise work for everybody. My family raised me to realize that I was blessed." The Factor lauded Young's message of optimism and contrasted it with others who get far more attention: "There are civil rights 'leaders' who believe the system is rigged against African Americans."
Unresolved Problems Segment
Obama Administration & Accountability
Guest: Charles Krauthammer
The Factor invited Charles Krauthammer to opine on the Obamacare chaos and the President's explanation. "It's hard to see when the President ever holds anyone in his administration accountable," Dr. K complained, "including himself. Today he tried to sell Obamacare by saying the product is great, the price is wonderful, but we just have a little problem at the checkout counter. He's pretending this is a 'glitch' and that somehow it's the Republicans who poisoned the well. They completely screwed this up and if people were able to get access to the product they would know it isn't cheap and it isn't good." Krauthammer also took aim at HHS boss Kathleen Sebelius. "What's striking is her arrogance and the fact that she initially refused to appear in front of Congress, which is an elementary responsibility. If we hadn't had the shutdown, the big story of the last three weeks would have been why she is still in her job. This thing is such a disaster partly because some of the decisions she made."
Watters' World Segment
Christmas Confrontation
Guest: Jesse Watters
Jesse Watters trekked north to Bar Harbor, Maine, where city leaders have banned a special Christmas tree intended to honor troops who fought in the World War II Battle of the Bulge. He spoke with Ruth Eveland, who chairs the Town Council: "I think it looks like a Christmas tree," she groused, "and I'm sorry if veterans' understanding of their success in service is dependent on lights on a tree." Another member of the council declared, "I do not think a Christmas tree belongs on town property as a perpetual memorial to veterans." Watters attended a town council meeting and confronted the Bar Harbor town manager, who had described the tree as tacky. "I don't think any Christmas tree is tacky," Watters told the council, "I don't think any memorial to veterans is tacky."
Tip Of The Day
Giving Unto Others
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Factor Mail
Viewers sound off
Helen Rodenberg, Cedar Rapids, IA: "When did Bush or Cheney accept responsibility? Please drop Obamacare, O'Reilly. Allow them time to fix the software."

Dusty Rhoades, Star, ID: "The Obama administration is accountable - to us! Unfortunately, the American people don't seem to care much about it."

Tony De Pippo, Crystal Lake, IL: "How do these pinheads in Washington look in the mirror when they deny patriots like Sgt. Barnes a trackchair? God bless you and Jennifer Griffin, Bill, for supporting the Independence Fund."
Books Mentioned

Things that Matter
by Charles Krauthammer