Part I of a four part interview – this is probably the hardest interview that Senator Barack Obama has done.  He admits in this interview that the surge is working.  It took quite awhile for him to come on the show, but I’m glad he did.  Enough with the softball questions!

Update: Here is Part 2 from 9/8/08.

2nd Update: Here is Part 3 on his associations.

Update: Part IV on his energy plan and the foreign oil crisis.

19 comments
  1. I DVR’ed it and only watched the 5 minutes of interview.. I’ve also DVR’d the shows next week. I think Obama did okay.

    Do you remember O’Reilly’s interview of President Bush? Talk about softballs.. fair and balanced indeed.. it is all about ideology.. little to do with journalism.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Inerrancy vs Scriptural Trustworthiness

  2. I DVR’ed it and only watched the 5 minutes of interview.. I’ve also DVR’d the shows next week. I think Obama did okay.

    Do you remember O’Reilly’s interview of President Bush? Talk about softballs.. fair and balanced indeed.. it is all about ideology.. little to do with journalism.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Inerrancy vs Scriptural Trustworthiness

  3. I DVR’ed it and only watched the 5 minutes of interview.. I’ve also DVR’d the shows next week. I think Obama did okay.

    Do you remember O’Reilly’s interview of President Bush? Talk about softballs.. fair and balanced indeed.. it is all about ideology.. little to do with journalism.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Inerrancy vs Scriptural Trustworthiness

  4. @Justin – me too.

    @Kansas Bob – I’ve heard O’Reilly criticize President Bush on a good number of fronts. And in that interview asked him tough questions on Iraq, the War on Terror and illegal immigration.

    He did say he was trying to balance asking tough questions and respecting the office of the President.

    He didn’t give John McCain a pass when he interviewed him though.

    Now Hannity’s interview with Bush – those where softball questions. The thing is Hannity doesn’t try to put himself off as unbiased and neutral. Most papers/media do at least be honest about it. If they are reporting, report facts. Interview politicans of both parties the same way. If you are editorializing then say so.

  5. @Justin – me too.

    @Kansas Bob – I’ve heard O’Reilly criticize President Bush on a good number of fronts. And in that interview asked him tough questions on Iraq, the War on Terror and illegal immigration.

    He did say he was trying to balance asking tough questions and respecting the office of the President.

    He didn’t give John McCain a pass when he interviewed him though.

    Now Hannity’s interview with Bush – those where softball questions. The thing is Hannity doesn’t try to put himself off as unbiased and neutral. Most papers/media do at least be honest about it. If they are reporting, report facts. Interview politicans of both parties the same way. If you are editorializing then say so.

  6. @Justin – me too.

    @Kansas Bob – I’ve heard O’Reilly criticize President Bush on a good number of fronts. And in that interview asked him tough questions on Iraq, the War on Terror and illegal immigration.

    He did say he was trying to balance asking tough questions and respecting the office of the President.

    He didn’t give John McCain a pass when he interviewed him though.

    Now Hannity’s interview with Bush – those where softball questions. The thing is Hannity doesn’t try to put himself off as unbiased and neutral. Most papers/media do at least be honest about it. If they are reporting, report facts. Interview politicans of both parties the same way. If you are editorializing then say so.

  7. @Justin – me too.

    @Kansas Bob – I’ve heard O’Reilly criticize President Bush on a good number of fronts. And in that interview asked him tough questions on Iraq, the War on Terror and illegal immigration.

    He did say he was trying to balance asking tough questions and respecting the office of the President.

    He didn’t give John McCain a pass when he interviewed him though.

    Now Hannity’s interview with Bush – those where softball questions. The thing is Hannity doesn’t try to put himself off as unbiased and neutral. Most papers/media do at least be honest about it. If they are reporting, report facts. Interview politicans of both parties the same way. If you are editorializing then say so.

  8. I went back and checked Shane. I think that O’Reilly’s questions came across softer because of the caveat that he gave in introducing the interview. He basically said that interviewing a president is different than interviewing a senator. I get that and probably agree.. hope he remembers it if Obama gets elected 🙂

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Inerrancy vs Scriptural Trustworthiness

  9. I went back and checked Shane. I think that O’Reilly’s questions came across softer because of the caveat that he gave in introducing the interview. He basically said that interviewing a president is different than interviewing a senator. I get that and probably agree.. hope he remembers it if Obama gets elected 🙂

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Inerrancy vs Scriptural Trustworthiness

  10. I went back and checked Shane. I think that O’Reilly’s questions came across softer because of the caveat that he gave in introducing the interview. He basically said that interviewing a president is different than interviewing a senator. I get that and probably agree.. hope he remembers it if Obama gets elected 🙂

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Inerrancy vs Scriptural Trustworthiness

  11. Speaking of Barack Obama:

    Barack Obama is a racial-minority individual, and in his heart and mind he inevitably does not endorse hate crimes committed by George W. Bush.

    George W. Bush committed hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism (indicated in my blog).

    George W. Bush did in fact commit innumerable hate crimes.

    And I do solemnly swear by Almighty God that George W. Bush committed other hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism which I am not at liberty to mention.

    Many people know what Bush did.

    And many people will know what Bush did—even to the end of the world.

    Bush was absolute evil.

    Bush is now like a fugitive from justice.

    Bush is a psychological prisoner.

    Bush has a lot to worry about.

    Bush can technically be prosecuted for hate crimes at any time.

    In any case, Bush will go down in history in infamy.

    Submitted by Andrew Yu-Jen Wang
    B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996
    Messiah College, Grantham, PA
    Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA, 1993

    “GEORGE W. BUSH IS THE WORST PRESIDENT IN U.S. HISTORY” BLOG OF ANDREW YU-JEN WANG
    ______________________
    I am not sure where I had read it before, but anyway, it is a linguistically excellent statement, and it goes kind of like this: “If only it were possible to ban invention that bottled up memories so they never got stale and faded.” Oh wait—off the top of my head—I think the quotation came from my Lower Merion High School yearbook.

  12. Speaking of Barack Obama:

    Barack Obama is a racial-minority individual, and in his heart and mind he inevitably does not endorse hate crimes committed by George W. Bush.

    George W. Bush committed hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism (indicated in my blog).

    George W. Bush did in fact commit innumerable hate crimes.

    And I do solemnly swear by Almighty God that George W. Bush committed other hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism which I am not at liberty to mention.

    Many people know what Bush did.

    And many people will know what Bush did—even to the end of the world.

    Bush was absolute evil.

    Bush is now like a fugitive from justice.

    Bush is a psychological prisoner.

    Bush has a lot to worry about.

    Bush can technically be prosecuted for hate crimes at any time.

    In any case, Bush will go down in history in infamy.

    Submitted by Andrew Yu-Jen Wang
    B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996
    Messiah College, Grantham, PA
    Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA, 1993

    “GEORGE W. BUSH IS THE WORST PRESIDENT IN U.S. HISTORY” BLOG OF ANDREW YU-JEN WANG
    ______________________
    I am not sure where I had read it before, but anyway, it is a linguistically excellent statement, and it goes kind of like this: “If only it were possible to ban invention that bottled up memories so they never got stale and faded.” Oh wait—off the top of my head—I think the quotation came from my Lower Merion High School yearbook.

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