March 21st, 2013
09:52 AM ET
5 years ago

CNN query prompts O'Reilly to censure Bachmann

(CNN) – CNN's attempt to question Rep. Michele Bachmann about her claims that President Barack Obama is enjoying an over-the-top lifestyle were used by a fellow conservative Wednesday to sharply criticize the Minnesota Republican.

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly - a vocal conservative - said Bachmann had made a "trivial mistake" in harping upon the so-called "perks" of the presidency, including a refuted claim that Obama employs a dog walker. Bachmann made the claims during her speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week.

When CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash attempted to ask Bachmann about those claims, the lawmaker argued the questions were a distraction from the portion of her speech focused on the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead in September.

"Dog handlers and there's four Americans killed?" Bachmann asked, before walking rapidly away from CNN's cameras down a hallway.

The backing Bachmann would provide for her charge the president is living a lavish White House lifestyle is a book, Presidential Perks Gone Royal, which itself doesn't provide specific sourcing.

"Michele Bachmann is playing small ball with the president, can't back up her criticism, and actually trivializes a huge problem, irresponsible spending by the federal government," O'Reilly said on his show Wednesday. "Two words: Not good."

"This would be much ado about nothing if not for the fact that trivial attacks on President Obama are obscuring serious problems in this country," O'Reilly added. "Does the president live well in the White House? Of course he does. Is there money wasted there? You bet there is. But every other president in history has lived that way."

"This is a trivial pursuit, and Michele Bachmann made a trivial mistake pursuing it," he continued.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. plain&simple

    Bachmann is a sideshow always has been and always will be!

    March 21, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Mark

    I heard that Obama lives in a huge white mansion with maids and servants. Who does the guy think he is?

    March 21, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. Susan

    The Republican Party and their Media outlet, Fox News seem to be dominated by hypocrites who cannot be honest about anything. If you have to lie and exaggerate to make your point, maybe you should change your position. I am very conservative but can't stand the dishonesty and nastiness of the GOP. They will lose the next two elections as they lost the last two and can't understand that they are not representating the views of most Americans.

    March 21, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Sniffit

    "a refuted claim that Obama employs a dog walker"

    For that alone, she should have to spend a week following Bo from behind when he's taken out for walks, holding a golden platter to catch his leavings.

    March 21, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Canuck

    When is she going to demand that Bush and Cheney explain why they sent THOUSANDS of Americans to their deaths in Iraq for no reason whatsoever??? This woman is a complete loon.

    March 21, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY


    I heard that Obama lives in a huge white mansion with maids and servants. Who does the guy think he is?

    Flip Flopney?...well maybe his LaJolla mansion isn't white but everything else is true. But I don't think the WH has a car elevator

    March 21, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. doverby

    Obama is the first President to have cooks and gardeners! Seriously, Bachmann is a joke.

    March 21, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Let's set the facts straight. The annual White House budget is over a billion dollars, annually. Most of the budget is spent on providing security. The Obama administration is spending $200 million LESS per year than what the Bush administration did, which had lower basic costs. Republicans have harped about less spending, and the White House budget reflects that.

    March 21, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. Jinx9to88

    Bachmann does this to fuel the crazies out there to help fund her campaign every election. Yes, people of MN keeps giving this Wacko money.

    March 21, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. Betsy

    I guess I can always be amazed and this time it is by Bill O'Reilly. I can't believe he is going up against Bachmann.
    She is such an idiot. President Obama does not live any different than any other president and his family in the White House and we all know it. Who walked all the other presidential dogs ? The only reason there is so much griping is because the Republicans keep trying to put him down.

    March 21, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Pk duster

    Bachmann makes me sick im from minnesota how could they elect some crazy like her go get drunk

    March 21, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Laurie in Spokane

    Bachmann is still around? I thought someone put a sock in her mouth a long time ago. She's truly is moronic isn't she?

    March 21, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. Anonymous

    O'Reillysaid he was 'fair & balanced' and he is.

    March 21, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. winkie

    The woman is an Airhead and a disgrace to her party of which there are many disgraceful moments coming from the party of no.
    No ideas, no ethics, no sense, no direction. I heard a rumor that they were going to dig up Ronald Reagan and run him in the next election since no one in the party can pass the FBI Investigations.

    March 21, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. roro

    The only thing trivial here is you, Bill.

    March 21, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. chilly g

    this backman lady is bad for our country and i can not believe she think she can be elected president, that so stupid.

    March 21, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Tester

    Why doesn't CNN do this when a politician lies about an issue that actually matters?

    March 21, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. amazed

    ...did i just read bill oreilly being fair and balanced? good god the zombies are coming!

    March 21, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. rs

    Michelle Bachmann is emblamatic of what is wrong with the GOP-

    They live in a world of fantasy and delusion and think as long as they keep repeating their lies over and over to themselves it simply must be true. It isn't simply the crazy ones (like Bachmann, Palin, Akin et al, Romney was bitten too by the delusion bug. Remember the skewed polls? He KNEW he was winning despite the fact everything fact-based said otherwise.

    Sad stuff but oh, so dangerous. Just yesterday the GOP was calling for war in Syria- based on the supposed use of "weapons of mass destruction". Does that one ring a bell for the audience?

    Meanwhile the President (for them) remains the Marxist-Socialist-Mulim-Isalmofacist-Liberal-Communist from Kenya. For us, the GOP is simply nuts.

    March 21, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    "This is a trivial pursuit, and Michele Bachmann made a trivial mistake pursuing it," he continued..."

    I guess we didn't get enough of the Bachmann yesterday.

    Meanwhile, I thought I'd give it a try at translating her thought processes:

    "jladjwalking the dogfdfjdl".
    "djfajbillon dollar vacationsdfkladj."

    March 21, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. Michael

    Shame on you Minnesota voters for electing this woman to represent you!

    March 21, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. Sniffit

    ""Michele Bachmann is playing small ball with the president"

    Psssst: small balls are all the conservatives have.

    March 21, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. ghags17

    What is more important to CNN and its viewers. To finally find out what happened in Libya or about a dog walker. If a Republican making a mistake is more important then be it. How about Harry Reid saying the sequester is what killed 7 Marines ( yes Democrat and not a major story because more Americans killed ) but hey lets talk about the dog walker.
    Our military overseas does not have food but this president can play Golf. We might not have an Easter egg hunt because of sequestration or he's just Muslim( just sayin)

    March 21, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. navaJohn

    How she got re-elected is beyond me. You would think the good people of Minnesota would rather put someone sensible in Congress to represent them. That random person standing on the street corner for example. Anyone but her.

    March 21, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. Carey

    Maybe next time she should just stick to the vacations, golf outings, and million dollar dinners that taxpayers fund for the President. No need for her to make things up, the truth is worse.

    March 21, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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