January 6th, 2008
10:10 AM ET
12 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. popeye

    We have in this great nation of ours a problem. Bill O'reilly is just following the orders of his penguin masters. Stop the Penguins march to imperialism. Vote Obama 2008!!!

    January 5, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. justm2

    talk about low class. o'reilly's a porn narrator. jerk off sleaze ball. neocon.

    January 5, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Everyone to their own opinon, I like O'Riley, he tell's it like it is.

    January 5, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. BWW

    Everyone to their own opinion, but I like O'Reilly. He tell's it like it is whether you like it or not.

    January 5, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  5. Gavin, Merrillville, Indiana

    Bill O Reiley is a sad excuse for a journalist.....

    too bad Jack Cafferty and Lou Dobbs are starting to act like him and the other "FakeNews" network staff.

    January 5, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  6. Amber in Austin

    Shame on Fox for employing such a jerk, and shame on the people who watch him and keep him on the air!

    January 5, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  7. mike

    Why wasn't he arrested?

    January 5, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  8. Mike

    Ahh... poor staffer. Hope he didn't get a boo boo. Bet he'll move his ass next time.

    January 5, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. WNC, BKK

    Hello Obama Lovers,
    Wake up and Don't day dream. Remember who can beat Republican in 2008 Election! Shoutinh and barking " Change" is a lot easier than reality. Come on "Be Realistic! R u guys fond of just talking? then u will get a Another Republican President in 2008. Get real guys don't just follow the flow. hope that wake up in time American People!

    January 5, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  10. Mike

    Is Bill a journalist or paparazzi. I like the tazer idea.

    January 5, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  11. Leo Duren

    Just goes to show what America already know...O'Reilly is an arrogant moron and a bully. I never watch the idiot anymore. All of you who buy his books and idolize him encourage his behavior by infating his ego. You've created a Frankenstein.

    I would have loved it if the SS had put him in a choke hold and thrown him to the ground.

    January 5, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  12. BK

    It's inconceivable that all the comments are one sided and mostly either based on Nicholson's recount or based on their perceptions on O'Reilly. When did aggressive journalism become a problem? Really a pathetic bunch.

    January 5, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  13. Allison, NH

    Bill-O is such a jerk, and the Faux News Network (as Keith Olbherman so eloquently coins it) are a bunch of thugs. I live in NH, and wish I had been at that Nashua event to spit in the man's face. Only problem is that I'd probably end up in jail and his physical abuse simply ends him back on the air.

    I cannot wait till he screws with the wrong person. Obama was certainly the bigger person to even consider talking to him. I HOPE Obama refuses to go on his show...he'd need to take a bath for a year after a few minutes on his set.

    January 5, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  14. Brian Tampa, FL

    Why is Obama so afraid of Fox news? If he is so brilliant he should be able to easily answer any question they pose to him. If he can't face Fox how will he face terrorists and despots?

    January 5, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  15. Doug Rhodes

    Sometimes the news/talk show people forget that the most important thing of all is respect. I recall one time, as a deputy sheriff in Bernalillo County, having to pull a cameraman away from a badly injured baloonist. The person was suffering and all the cameraman could think about was a video for the news. Media should learn to respect the rights of people. Whether they are presidential candidates, someone who is injured, someone who has suffered a loss or even a celebrity suffering personal turmoil.

    doug

    January 5, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  16. Jay, Ft. Lauderdale FL

    Is this the full story or just juicy talk?

    January 5, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  17. jmpatton

    I'm not a fan Billy. Why don't you join a conservative commune in Reaganville to live out the rest of your life with other conservative brainwashed warmongers.

    January 5, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  18. Otis

    "...no one ... going to block a shot ... not going to happen." - that sounds like a threat. Are you threatening candidates Mr. O'Reilly? Or their staff? Hm, sounds like the FBI should keep an closer eye on you from now on.

    January 5, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  19. Patrick

    Typical dirtbag bill and a double standard by the secret service. If it was an average Joe, you would never be able to get that close to Obama. Bill is the lowest of lowest of class- Thankfully he does not represent CNN but that trashy fox news!

    January 5, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  20. drunk again

    O'Reilly is a pough tussy.

    January 5, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  21. Don Longmont, CO

    It just shows how "low class" O'reilly really is. Why would anyone subject himself to being on his Republican propaganda entertainment show anyway. He doesn't want to hear the facts, only spout his one sided rhetoric. His days are numbered, 381 to be exact and the American nightmare will be over.

    January 5, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  22. Thomas, Denver, CO

    O'Reilly is a big mouthed jerk in a expensive suit and too much stage make up.

    Like his female counterpart, Ann Coulter, he's never had an original thought in his life..he just keeps regurgitating the same old tired rhetoric.

    What is truly sad is that there are people in this country who still eat it up.

    That vile people like O'Reilly can get rich and famous by spewing their venom makes one almost question whether God exists.

    January 5, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    If i was Obama, I wouldn't appear on Bill's show. it would only boost Bill's rating's.
    Fox is a republican channel, I'm sure Rudy will be available real soon. I say oooh no to the Mr Bill's show.

    January 5, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  24. seg

    Did this guy get fired from that teaching job he talks about for this kind of bullying behavior . . . and subsequently became a "journalist"?

    I actually like his show b/c he IS an ass.

    January 5, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  25. glennpdx

    Wish Bill O'Badly would try that with a Secret Service agent...

    January 5, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
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