No Joke: O'Reilly Pens Essay Praising Obama

Fox host calls president an inspiration to young Americans
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2009 7:25 AM CDT
Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly appears on the "The O'Reilly Factor," in New York.   (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen )
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(Newser) – Bill O'Reilly has written a glowing tribute to President Obama that will run in this Sunday's Parade magazine, Politico reports. The Fox host, who doesn't pull any punches when blasting the president's policies, holds Obama's life story and achievements up as an inspiration to young Americans in the essay, titled What President Obama Can Teach America's Kids.

O'Reilly hails the president's persistence and says that his rise from adversity to the nation's top job shows anything is possible in America. "Barack Obama, a youngster in Hawaii without his parents around, has toughed it out and become one of history’s great stories, no matter what happens going forward," he writes. "What he has achieved in his 48 years is simply astounding."