January 6th, 2008
10:10 AM ET
6 years ago

O'Reilly gets in confrontation with Obama staffer

O'Reilly got into a confrontation with an Obama staffer Saturday.

O'Reilly got into a confrontation with an Obama staffer Saturday.

(CNN) - Fox News talk show host Bill O'Reilly had a confrontation with a staffer for Barack Obama’s campaign that the aide and several eyewitnesses claim became physical.

The incident began when O’Reilly tried to get Obama’s attention after a Nashua campaign event. He allegedly began yelling at Obama’s National Trip Director Marvin Nicholson to get out of the way. O’Reilly then, according to eyewitness accounts, shoved the staffer.

Nicholson told CNN O'Reilly grabbed him by the arm and started "pushing" him. Nicholson also said that when he asked O'Reilly to stop pushing him, the talk-show host responded that he was "low class."

O’Reilly soon got Obama’s attention, and the two men spoke briefly.

"They shook hands and Mr. O'Reilly said that he thought Sen. Obama was great and that he loved him, and he'd love to have him on the show," Nicholson said. "And then the senator said that he would think about coming on the show after the primaries."

Then the Secret Service intervened to ask O’Reilly to step back behind the barricade that marked the press area.

Speaking later on Fox News, O'Reilly said he tried to "gently remove" the Obama staffer so his camera could get a shot of the Illinois senator.

"We're sorry we had to have that little confrontation," O'Reilly added, "but no one on this earth is going to block a shot on The O'Reilly Factor. It is not going to happen."

Related video: Obama aide: O'Reilly shoved me

– CNN's Chris Welch contributed to this report

soundoff (775 Responses)
  1. AliceInDallas

    @kevin.. my previous post didn't show up either so I don't think it's which side your on.

    An Oprah worker has said how much they dislike Obama's staff but really like Obama. So maybe they are pretty tough to get along with. On the other hand, I can't wait to, hopefully, hear Keith O. and Stephen Colbert cover this "terrible" treatment of Papa Bear.

    January 6, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. mike

    Bill is a good man and he sould be able to get a shot of Obama. He is a very important person to all of us weather you know it or not. I read his books and he is very honest. He helps others to be more to expect more. Too bad most of these comments are very unfair. A good person can see Bill is in the right. He looks out for us more than anyone else. He is a very fair reporter so don't be fooled and get carried away with the bash Bill O Reilly wagon. Go O Reilly you will always have support.

    January 6, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. bobby

    Oreilly....the BIG IRISH BULLY !

    January 6, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Miriam Thomasson

    I never watch Bill O'riley. I watch Greta and when, at a break, the announcement
    is made about what is coming up on O'Riley I flip channels .
    He sounds rude and ignorant! I feel sorry for someone, like him, who is a fool
    and does not even know it!

    January 6, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. Andrea Thorn

    The whole darn country is becoming low class. Begging off the government for a living is low class.

    Standing on a pulpit telling people that the world owes them anything, that they have a right to the fruits of the labor of other people is low class.

    I'm repulsed that a people who were so proud, independent and self reliant have turned into beggars and thieves.

    But yeah, somebody should have tased O"Reilly.

    January 6, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Robert Wooller Bradford England

    Bill O'Reilly is exactly the reason I tune into CNN. This man, in my view, represents what is wrong with posh , white elite like him. They think they are so good and are patronizing to women and left wingers. You only have to watch his show on Youtube the O'Reilly Factor. I won't watch it on FNC just so I am not adding to the viewing figures of Fox News. The man is a complete joke.

    January 6, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. paratrooper

    O'REILLY IS MAKING THE REST OF US CONSERATIVES LOOK BAD. HE NEEDS A GOOD BEATING.
    MICKMCK707

    January 6, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  8. Jill

    O'Reilly doesn't know the difference reporting the news and editorializing; there's a difference.....ditto Fox News. There should be a law....BTW, where was O'Reilly's mother when he should have been learning some manners? Oh, yeah, and then he's supposed to be a "Christian". Read your gospels and find Jesus acting like that !! He has alot more in common with Hitler than Jesus Christ. If Jesus were dead, he'd be rolling over in his grave. (Pun definately intended.) Narcicisstic bigots playing God will all burn in hell.

    January 6, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    "Yep – That's right Bernard — BHO has REAL class and character
    He won't put his hand on his heart and participate in the Pledge of Allegiance,
    won't wear the US flag pin on his lapel, and won't take the oath of office on the Bible — He's definitely the kind of man you socialists want in the White House."

    --------------------------–

    This is the BEST possible example for what a mistake it was for Bush to veto the spending bill for education. It seems beyond belief that anyone could be so COMPLETELY WRONG. Bush has sure "dumbed-down" America as shown.

    For the intellectually challenged:
    OBAMA HAS NEVER REFUSED TO TAKE THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.
    OBAMA USED TO WEAR THE PIN AND STOPPED AS A PROTEST AGAINST HYPOCRITES WHO WEAR THE PIN BUT DON'T REALLY SUPPORT WHAT IT STANDS FOR.
    THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT TO TAKE ANY GOVERNMENT OATH ON A BIBLE AND OBAMA HAS NEVER SAID HE WOULDN'T.

    January 6, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. Jill

    Jill again...What if good old socio-path Bill were president? Shove'n everybody around and telling them to "Shut-Up"? Maybe then we would wake-up to what is actually happening in this country. Should the government be your parent or your servant? Does anyone remember what the founding fathers had to say about that? A republican is just a libertarian of lesser intelligence and courage....it's really a shame.....

    January 6, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  11. Amy, IA

    Doesn't Bill have any more staffers to sexually harass? To bad Geraldo wasn't the one pushing this guy back! :)

    This guys a hack and to have a conservative at a DEMO function is further evidence that "Swiftboating" is going to begin as soon as NH is over.

    January 6, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. wittybanter

    You gotta love Tom Cruise for bringing the word "glib" back into the American lexicon.

    January 6, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. WE THE PEOPLE

    HEY BILL, DONT YOU HAVE ANY MORE "PHONECALLS" TO MAKE? YOU SOUND PRETTY STRESSED OUT....MAYBE A CALL TO MICHELE MALKIN WILL CALM YOU DOWN LOL I WONDER WHAT YOUR "BODY LANGUAGE" GUEST WILL SAY ABOUT YOU NEXT TIME SHE'S ON...CROSS ANALYZE YOURSELF BILL, YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED WHAT SHE FINDS ;)

    January 6, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. Former Rightie, Pittsburgh

    Yet another reason I changed parties. I am really tired of hearing the Neo-Con thugs like O'Reily, Hannity, Coulter, etc...

    January 6, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  15. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    "BILL O'REILLY HAS CLASS, UNLIKE FINKS LIKE KEITH OLBERMAN...." THEY ARE LOSERS. THEY WANT THE UNITED STATES TO LOSE THE WAR SO THEY ALL SAY, "GET THE TROOPS HOME".
    --------------–
    It is the HEIGHT OF DELUSION to fantasize that ANY DEMOCRAT wants us to lose the war. Many Democrats want our troops to come home safely soon. Many bloggers like above support the deaths of more troops by having them stay in Iraq. It's time for ignorant people to realize that BOTH sides want the best for our brave troops and just have different ideas on how to best support that.

    So exhibiting class for the married, "family values" hypocrite O'Reilly is to be almost obsessed with discussing vibrators with single women or trying to set up threesomes with them? Is "class" telling the nation that a kidnapped teenage boy is enjoying his capture and then finding out that the boy was beaten, molested, and raped. Bill-O was not MAN enough to personally apologize to the family.

    Is "class" having one of his listeners, an elementary school girl, call him to correct him that he didn't know the difference between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and then Bill-O wasn't MAN enough to admit he was wrong. He just double-talked about them both being about the same. Keith Olbermann is MAN enough to publicly admit when he makes a mistake.

    January 6, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    I thought if you push people around it was part of becoming a member of Congress?

    Maybe Bill will be running for a slot in GA?

    January 6, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  17. izzy99

    Have heard of O'Reilly. Glad I saw this. Will make sure I never watch him. Obama has already had death threats made and the man had no business doing whatever he could to get his precious shot.

    January 6, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  18. erexx

    Just another bully marginalizing his behavior.

    January 7, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  19. dunk

    Coolsville! now that shrub has got the republikers bailing out in tuna cans, we begin to see the mainstream media squeaking some glimpses of the real face of our right wing spinmasters, all republikkers remind me of this jerk – theyve had their day, fu*^'ed everything up, ready to bail out of town and leave a multi trillion deficit for Obama, see ya round bill- good riddance! (please leave now).

    January 7, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  20. Alfonso Cardenas

    This is more reasons to impeach President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

    What GWOT Has Wrought
    On September 20, 2001, before a joint session of Congress, President George W. Bush declared, "Our war on terror begins with Al Qaeda, but it does not end there.... Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." As it turned out, those fateful words ushered in not a concerted worldwide campaign against militant fundamentalism but a wave of repression felt around the globe. Instead of being a standard-bearer for human rights and civil liberties, the United States lowered the bar, creating secret prisons or "black sites," erecting Guantánamo, rationalizing torture and curtailing civil liberties at home. The US-fashioned "global war on terror" (GWOT) was then replicated in country after country, adapting to local circumstances to provide rhetorical refuge for tyrants and forsaking democratic principles. As the articles that follow show, the "war on terror" has been invoked to arrest and torture prodemocracy activists in Egypt, round up street vendors and protesters in El Salvador, rationalize politically motivated assassinations in the Philippines, jail bloggers and censor websites in Thailand and condone military dictatorship in Pakistan. The criminalization of dissent is not new to these places, and it does not always reflect US intervention or security interests. But the "war on terror" is a new paradigm, and it has proven remarkably versatile and severely damaging. While purporting to protect democracy against its enemies, the "war on terror" has become one of them.

    The Nation December 31, 2007

    January 7, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  21. Ann

    Have you Dems stopped and read the trash you publish here? Hate, hate and more hate. What's the matter with you guys? Have you lost your minds? Can't someone be different than yourself without you spewing hatred and slime on them? You people are scary, out of control hate freaks.

    January 7, 2008 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  22. the puppy

    Who was O'Rielly looking out for back in ninty two when the RNC/DNC with the help of Bush one and Bill Clinton and the National Media snached control of the electoral process[that allowed choices] from the womens league of voters to create a two party system only?
    The same could be asked of many more in the media,I.E. Lou Dobbs, who never mentions it, yet seems confused why there isn't any differance in the parties.
    There doesn't have to be, DUA!!! Who else you gonna vote for Sukka?

    January 8, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. anomoli

    The staffer, with a smirk on his face, blocked the camera shot on purpose twice. We all now saw what happened, unedited. What say you?

    January 8, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    The staffer, with a smirk on his face, blocked the camera shot on purpose twice. We all now saw what happened, unedited. What say you?
    ---------------------–
    Rude, conceited, hypocrite bully O'Reilly got bullied back.

    January 8, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  25. anomoli

    I find it amazing that the far left has no concept of self preservation in a time of war with radicals, but will foam at the mouth when it comes to Oreilly or FOX news. I'll give you the last word.

    January 12, 2008 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
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