Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lords of Misrule


The host of HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher" said O'Reilly's interview with President Barack Obama before the Superbowl was "astounding" and disrespectful, and forced Obama to swallow a great deal of "guff."

The Fox host interrupted the president 42 times in the 15-minute interview, as O'Donnell recently revealed on his show.

"I just feel like the most difficult part of his job must be to squelch the rage that somewhere must be inside and say, I'm the president of the United States. You don't talk to me like this. I'm not some left -- I'm not Al Sharpton, you know. I won this job," Maher said.

"And Bill O'Reilly, who claims he's such a patriot, how unpatriotic to treat a president that way. How does that look to other countries when you're interrupting and belittling."

Me, I would think the most difficult part of the job would be to look in the mirror and find even a spark of humanity in your reflection after seeing pictures like these, but yeah, sure, I guess swallowing guff from some peon has to be pretty harsh as well. What will the neighboring countries think?!

Anyway, Bill, bravo for the attempt to play the "My star-spangled boner is bigger than your star-spangled boner" card in some sort of ironic-yet-ineffectual reverse psychology judo flip, but everyone should know by now that you can't shame the shameless, you can only intern them in re-education camps. Now, as far as the craven, genuflecting, belly-crawling, boot-licking sycophancy, I'm afraid I can only award you a bronze after such strong performances from fellow courtiers Roger Ebert and the one ring-kisser to rule them all, Rick Perlstein.