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. Rosa

    O'reilly is a thug abd a bully. He should stick to reporting about Spears, Hilton and Hollaway.

    January 5, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  2. Todd M.

    I'm still having a little trouble figuring out why hosting "Inside Edition" makes Bill O'Reilly an authority on anything.

    I just can't seem to get past that, sorry Bill...I mean...you did a great job as the Consumer Troubleshooter at WNEP in Scranton, good show making that body shop pay up, brother!!!!!

    January 5, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  3. rolland cloud

    zerO'Reilly

    January 5, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  4. Zz

    What an American Corn, Bill O'Reilly, is!!!

    January 5, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  5. Nik Green

    A similar thing happened outside the CNN bus in Manchester NH in 2004 on the day that Sen. John Kerry won the NH primary: Bob Novak (despite his age) shoved someone so violently on the icy sidewalk that he went flying, slipping and falling on the ice, knocking into a crowd of bystanders like a set of dominoes. The event was captured on film by independent media. The man who was pushed lodged a complaint with the Manchester police department, with several witnesses on hand, but I don't believe that any assault charges were filed. Shame.. that traitor should be rotting in jail right now for his part in outing CIA field officer Valerie Plame.

    January 5, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  6. RJ

    Good for you Bill!! Keep up the great work – I know you're looking out for me. Thanks for doing what you do.

    January 5, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  7. David Gonzalez

    O'Reilly likes Barack Obama and hates Hillary. I am not surprised that the right wing would rather face Obama than Clinton.

    January 5, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  8. Shannon, South Hadley, MA

    O'Reilly just needs to go away. Loser.

    January 5, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  9. Jan Grand Rapids, Michigan

    If O'Rielly's handlers have lost control of this rabid animal, they should just dart him and drag him back to the zoo. Perhaps after watching the tape, they will just finally decide that this worthless jackel should be put to sleep.
    O'Reilly is just another republican dumbass like Limbaugh, Roberston,North, and Bush..... SO used to getting their way, they have lost sight of what is honorable and dignified.

    January 5, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  10. BILLY BOY

    THE BIG O IS A JERK /

    January 5, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  11. Erasmus

    good christ. it isn't the seventh grade lunch line bill.

    January 5, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  12. o'smelly

    O'Rielly is a piece of garbage. Sorry to say, but that is an insult to garbage.

    I would love to face him down, just once. I don;;t think he is man enough to face anyone whoo dislikes him

    January 5, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  13. Stewart

    O'Reily is such an dumbass - shots get blocked all the time and he has no right to get physical. He's getting desperate as the winds are no longer blowing in his direction.

    January 5, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  14. Jan Grand Rapids, Michigan

    The fact that Obama listened to O'Reilly, and actually answered him open-ended
    shows that Obama is just another political fiend who REALLY can't put a line between
    his politics and his sefl-respect.
    Obama should of told O'Reilly in no uncertain terms that he would never appear on his show.......once a politician, always a politician.....Obama is not a consideration to my vote anymore......bye, bye

    January 5, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  15. MARZELL PLYMOUTH, MN

    OBAMA Shook hands with "BILL O" Whats all this talk about "change" takeing on the right ring HE IS A JOKE !!!!!!!!!!! LOL WHAT WOULD HILL HAVE DONE! OH I FORGOT FOX NEWS DOES NOT TAKE ON REAL NEWS! THEN THINK ABOUT IT SOUNDS LIKE A SETUP HE LOVES HIM BUT IS BILL GOING TO VOTE FOR HIM? LOL LOL LOL VOTE HILL OR THE WHITE HOUSE IS GONE BYE BYE AGAIN
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 5, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  16. can't fix stupid

    Tase him, bro!

    January 5, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  17. HeavyB

    Maybe Bill-O thought there was some girl-on-girl luffa/falaffel action going on there.

    January 5, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  18. Ray Sunshine

    To the contrary I quite enjoy reading his articles however much the devil you people think he is. No one can please everyone, but to speak like he is the devil incarnate is a tad too much. I would bet both of my jewels that Obama's staff member was a dick and for all you Democrats sure hope Obama doesn't end up putting the Republicans back in power the way Nader did too Gore.

    January 5, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  19. Falafel Boy

    Hopefully the staffer will press charges.

    January 5, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    When are they going to take that idiot off the air?

    January 5, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  21. Paul C, Palmetto Bay, FL

    So very like Bill. Unfortunately he has the ear of the right wing zealots and they have made him feel he is without fault.
    In power they are the personification of arrogant.

    January 5, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  22. William Gainesville, FL

    GO OBAMA GO!! (We Will Win back this white house, no matter how badly hillary clinton tries to screw this up!!)

    January 5, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  23. diane

    why dont you grow up, fox news seems to be all for republicans, i dont watch fox anymore

    January 5, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  24. Brian

    First off all, even the secret service can't touch obama nor oreilly. There's no law saying they can assault someone, either. IS there some barricade law?

    January 5, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  25. bill

    Who The hell does O'Reilly think he is ? Is he trying to pull an Alycia Lane, the evening news reporter from Philadelphia? O'Reilly is just like every other Tom, Dick and Harry. He puts his shoes on the same way everyone else does, he uses the toilet just like everyone else. So all I can say is lighten up Bill O'Reilly and get
    real. Also, we need to note that the Big O defends Bush and every extremist, right wing view that flies across the news desk; so I can't quite image Bill O'Reilly loving
    Obama. He lies and baits a trap to lure Obama into his trap....

    January 5, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
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