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. bob

    I personally do not agree with the obama campaign personally i agree with a few of the well unranked contenders you might say. O'reily well he's always the same.
    It's all for ratings. Same as the cnn coverage of brittany spears and all the other celeb news. Ok fine if you're a gossip writer or entertainment writer fine ok. But stuff like this just isn't frontpage real news. World events should be. However even articles like this gives people like oreilly and spears headline news so they get attention. That makes them happy. Thats all this is. For instance if it was a normal factory worker pushing another common worker it wouldn't make the local news let alone national. But because it was oreilly and an obama camera man oh it's national news. Ok i feel sorry for the camera man but grow up people.

    January 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Mel

    Just some thoughts-
    To EH, Saying most Irish men are racist is RACIST!
    And to the others, I don't watch Bill or Fox anymore because of all the things you have mentioned. But obviously some of you still do, which is what gives BILL his high ratings! You'll nerver get him off the air if you continue to watch.

    January 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Russ Reecer

    Come push me Mr. Bill and see what happens to you! Bring it, you over-rated POS. I'd love nothing more than to pummel you into a pile of bloody pulp.

    Anybody working for a black man must be "low class", right Mr. Bill? You disgusting, prejudice, bigot of a little man.

    Anyone who listens to you must be flat out brainless.

    January 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Mark Stevens Missoula MT

    BOR is a gravy sucking pig.

    January 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Mike Uehlein

    I'd love to hear O'Reilly yell "Don't tase me, bro!"

    January 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Don Vito

    Too bad I wasn't that Obama staffer... I would have knocked O'Liely's block off with a right cross the head.

    January 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    O'Reilly, you've got to know : This is the for Change.

    January 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Cile

    ....and you think Fox News oh I mispoke Faux News could produce and endorse anything better than a Bill O'Reilly. Get Real!! He is classless just like Ann what's her name.....

    January 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Rafael Richmond Virginia

    Go O'Reilly! I know CNN will not publish this comment heck! They hate O'reilly cause he kicks their butt in ratings every year! lol

    Someone has to get up front with this politicians and make them talk! Obama as smart as he is should be willing to step up to O'Reilly and not run from him like if he was afraid to meet him on his show. I think it would help Obama more to go to the O'Reilly Factor Show than anything with the Independent leaning audience O'Reilly has. Obama would atrct that vote. Obama has a very good chance right now and I think they know this. As far as O;Reilly goes I love that guy!

    Obama
    /
    O'Reilly 2008

    January 6, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Fed up with arrogant press

    Seems some members of the press think they are above following rules, and acceptable social behavior, much less remembering where they might be in the 'food' chain.

    Not unlike a certain CBS anchor that got upset because the President of the United States kept HIM waiting, of all the nerve, who does that president think he is anyway.

    This quote says it all;

    "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."

    I suppose we should be glad it wasn't someone in a wheelchair eh Bill?

    January 6, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. booby

    Oreilly....your beginnin to be a BIG IRISH bully. I'd block your shot too. But wait, you sure it wasn't your BIG HEAD that blocked the shot? Assaulting a presidentail campaign aide is a new low for you . Are you going through a "britney" monet perhaps Bill?

    January 6, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. AP

    Only a LOW CLASS jerk would do what O'Reilly did. The arrogance, entitled attitude and thoughtless action is exactly what we are trying to get rid of in the next election. O'Reilly should not have a stage on which to promote his failed approaches.

    January 6, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. booby

    January 6, 2008 1:05 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Oreilly….your beginning to be a BIG IRISH bully. I'd block your shot too. But wait, you sure it wasn't your BIG HEAD that blocked the shot? Assaulting a presidential campaign aide is a new low for you . Are you going through a "britney" moment perhaps Bill?

    January 6, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. WHIZ

    BILL O'REILLY HAS CLASS, UNLIKE FINKS LIKE KEITH OLBERMAN, CHRIS MATTHEWS, "THE WOLF", BIG AL SHARPTON, JESSE JACKSON, BILL'S WIFE HILLARY, EDDIE EDWRDS, OBAMA, DENNIS, RICHIE RICHARDSON, AND THE REST OF THE DEMOCRATIC DEMAGOGUES. THEY ARE LOSERS. THEY WANT THE UNITED STATES TO LOSE THE WAR SO THEY ALL SAY, "GET THE TROOPS HOME". SURE, YOU LATTER-DAY DEMOCRATS, TELEGRAPH OUR WAR PLANS TO OUR ENEMY. AND HOW MANY OF YOU MALE CREEPS UP THERE ON THE STAGE HAVE SERVED IN THE MILITARY. JOE BIDEN AND DENNIS KUCINICH. PERIOD. HILL'S HUSBAND GETS 5 DEFERMENTS. YEAH,THAT'S THE SAME GUY WHO SAID ON INTERNATIONAL TV, UNDER OATH, "I NEVER HAD SEX WITH WOMAN". YEAH, RIGHT BILL!" AND YOU HAVE THE AUDACITY TO HOLD YOUR HEAD UP HIGH AS IF YOU WERE THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST.

    AT THE END OF THE DAY O'REILLY IS THE ONE WHO CAN HOLD HIGH AND VISIT THE WAR ZONES AND TALK AND SHAKE HANDS WITH THE GUYS WHO ARE PROTECTING US. TRUMAN AND KENNEDY WOULD ROLL OVER IN THEIR GRAVES IF THEY EVER KNEW THE IMMORAL PHILOSOPHY OF THE CURRENT DEMOGRAPHIC PARTY.

    STOP KNOCKING O'REILLY. IT'S BECAUSE OF GUYS LIKE HIM THAT THIS COUNTRY WILL COME OUT ON TOP.

    SO THERE !!!

    January 6, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. John

    What does it matter what Bill O Said – FOX NEWS has argued and won in a FL court that their 1st amendment right DOES NOT REQUIRE THEM TO REPORT THE TRUTH. And they won claiming the freedom to say what ever the hell they want to make up.

    Just ask Andrea Makaris – the lady who sued him and got $10M. He went on the air SCREAMING AT THE CARMERA THAT none of her allegations to be true and he was going to destroy her....until it came out that she had everything on tape and the filthy creep had no choice but to settle. He is garbage and a thug.

    You can't believe ANYTHING you hear on FOX or read in any Rupert Murdoch publication – like I said – they have already argued in a public court of law the truth has no influence on what they report.

    January 6, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. Russ Reecer

    Karen, Karen...poor brainless Karen. Surely you don't want to elect Hillary to simply continue and further the Bushie's agenda for another 4 yrs!!! Hillary is a Bush schill, she brings NOTHING new to the table. Hillary is an AIPAC and Corporate schill, long polluted by the messed up American political process. Hillary isn't a viable choice, unless you like Rudy G and just don't want to vote Repiglican.

    BARRACK OBAMA FOR POTUS!!!!!!!

    January 6, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. Kevin

    Don't put Obama on a pedistal yet people. We have know Idea what he is going to do if ellected. Remember, all we are doing is voting for the one we think is the best liar and Bill O'Reily helps reveal who will be a good liar. weather you like him or not we need him – King Billy O

    January 6, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Phil Whitehead, Prescott Valley, Arizona

    Of all the pathetic responses I've read here, Karen missed it the worst.
    HILLARY an agent of CHANGE??? Just look up all the people who have crossed the Clintons over the years and compare that list to the National Death Registry.
    Do your homework people...

    January 6, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Greg San

    I think Congress should look into Steroid use by talk show hosts! The jerk sounds like he's on a 'roid rage.

    He needs to create controversy to get people interested in his meaningless show. He should have lost his job when he lost the sexual harassment case!

    January 6, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. cheryl

    When, oh when will FOX get rid of this jerk? He's a laughing stock!

    January 6, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. John Q

    B. O'Reilly's behavior at the Obama rally shouldn't surprise anyone.

    We've all known, on a personal level, someone cut from the same cloth as BOR. They're easy to read. Underneath the bluster is considerable insecurity, coupled with anger stemming from some early life experience. Guys like BOR can't stand who they really are and create a persona to hide it. The only thing that separates this guy from the thousands just like him, is that he happens stand on a soapbox with a microphone.

    If he were ever able to resolve the issues that are eating at him, he might actually prove to be a nice guy. My guess is that he'll never summon the guts to really look hard in the mirror, address the truth, and grow from it.

    January 6, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. Gina

    Bill O'Reiley is a pig and America knows it. His viewers are interested in shock value entertainment. He makes money interrupting, insulting and berating others appealing to the darker side in people.. He is not the type you would see doing a lot of community service, volunteering or working as a staffer on a campaign. I think this staffer is being extremely gracious and Bill O'Reily should at the least be questioned by the police for this publicized assault. His arrogance and stupidity could easily lead to an arrest.

    January 6, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. John Chamberlain, SD

    No, It doesn't sound like a big deal after reading the details according to both the aggressor (O'Reilly), and the staffer.
    O'Reilly should remember that all he is, is a part of a short story that I can erase anytime we wish. Being a political barker is something you've used to build yourself into a created celebrity (remember The Monkeys, O'Reilly).
    Can O'Reilly say "moron".

    January 6, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Greg

    And the "Goebbels Award for Propaganda Excellence" goes to.......Bill "Should have been Tazed" O' Reilly!

    January 6, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Thena

    If the Obama staffer was behaving badly, why didn't O'Reilly take the high road, be the bigger man and simply diffuse the situation? Why does he have the right to physically "remove" someone? O'Reilly, take a page out of Jesus' playbook–whom you claim to follow–and turn the other cheek. Your hubris is showing...

    January 6, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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