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O'Reilly Goes to Bat for Obama, Hits Bachmann

Fox host criticizes her 'small ball' attacks on president

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 21, 2013 9:07 AM CDT
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(Newser) – With Michele Bachmann attacking President Obama for his "lifestyle of excess," the White House found a surprising defender yesterday—Bill O'Reilly. The Fox News host called out Bachmann for "small ball" attacks that are more than a little factually challenged and that "trivialize" much more important issues, like the national debt and Obama's unwillingness to compromise, reports Politico. "Now, it's long past time for partisans on both the right and the left to cut the nonsense and look at things clearly," said O'Reilly.

Bachmann accused the president of having such perks as a professional dog walker (he doesn't, the gardener walks the presidential dog, as in all administrations) and a luxurious White House (even though the White House budget is down from George W. Bush's day). "With the nation now owing close to $17 trillion, I wish the president were more like Pope Francis, who as a cardinal in Argentina rejected all the lavish perks," said O'Reilly. "But Mr. Obama is entitled to protection, convenience, and comfort as he runs the nation."

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