I was out-of-pocket for Bret Baier’s interview with President Obama last night and just viewed it.
obama bret baier.jpgAs usual, my physical reaction to having to watch Obama was a set jaw, pounding heart, and increased blood pressure. Ironic, considering the topic at hand, that Obama is bad for my health.
But thank goodness for Baier, who finally won me over after months of my pining for Brit Hume at 5p every night, who Baier replaced as anchor of Fox News Special Report after the November election….


Big Journalism is right. What a contrast between O’Reilly’s milk toast interview with Obama and Baier’s, who tried to force Obama to just answer the questions and not spew talking points.
What a great laugh line, Baier speaking: “Sir, I know you don’t like to filibuster, but – ” Haha. Here was a another good one:

Baier: Monday in Ohio, you called for courage in the health care debate. At the same time, House Speaker Pelosi was saying this to reporters about the deem and pass rule: “I like it, this scenario, because people don’t have to vote on the Senate bill.” Is that the kind of courage that you’re talking about?

An Obama untruth: “What I’m saying is whatever they end up voting on – and I hope it’s going to be sometime this week – that it is going to be a vote for or against my health care proposal.”
bret baier, obama.jpgNo, it’s going to be a vote on the Senate healthcare proposal, vastly different than Obama’s. Whether it could be fixed to resemble Obama’s… or there is even a desire to… or how complicated that would be since Dems have determined to pass this via the reconciliation route… is anyone’s guess. And Mitch McConnell just made a great point in a press conference. If a fix ever makes it to the House, it would merely mean its members voted for the various kickback schemes before voting against them.
One final point. Baier kept asking Obama about the “ugly process,” reading a reader letter capsulizing it: “If the bill is so good for all of us, why all the intimidation, arm twisting, seedy deals, and parliamentary trickery necessary to pass a bill, when you have an overwhelming majority in both houses and the presidency?”
Obama’s response in various forms, “So the issue that I’m concerned about is whether not we’re fixing a broken system.”
In other words, the ends justify the means.
I thought Baier did a great job except for the apology at the end, which was unnecessary.

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Here’s the transcript.
[Top photo via the Associated Press; bottom photo via Mediaite.com]

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8 Responses to “Bret Baier’s interview with Barack Obama”

  1. Jennifer says:

    That was infuriating to watch. Obama is a professional dodge ball player. So weaselly and dishonest. Bret did a terrific job. More direct and gutsy than anyone else has been thus far in talking with the Weasel-in-Chief. I agree with you that no apology was necessary, but Bret was just being a polite gentleman.

  2. Colleen says:

    Way to go Bret. He did a great job interviewing AND No apology was necessary.

  3. Farsider says:

    Obama on Fox News = Obama win.
    Thanks to Baier, there is no question who emerged as the winner. And most of it was due to the horse’s ass asking the questions and interrupting the President 16 times by one count. Smarmy, creepy and unprofessional. The President tried to talk policy, underlined the rudeness of his host and gutted out a big win. Great job!

  4. Elisabeth says:

    Wow… whatever koolaid you drank, Farsider, I don’t want any. It definitely impairs cognitive function.

  5. Jim says:

    you’re all racist, conservative idiots

  6. Pen says:

    Your take away from that interview was that Baier did a good Job, and the President came off poorly?
    Just out of curiosity, what color was the President’s tie? I think it is quite possible that we weren’t watching the same interview…
    When is it OK to interrupt the President of the United States? I remember Baier’s interviews with Bush, and his treatment of that POTUS was far more respectful.
    It seems that we have forgotten that the office deserves some respect.

  7. Chris says:

    Bret did a nice job nailing Obama down. That said, I’m left wondering if the Junior Senator actually did that job – he doesn’t seem to understand either the process or procedures used in a democracy…
    I’m curious if the people giving BO approval points actually have any idea how the process in Washington works? Clearly, Obama can’t figure it out – he seems to think the bill should pass before we know whats in it!

  8. Chris says:

    Bret did a nice job nailing him down & BO was decidely evasive. That said, I’m left wondering if the Junior Senator actually did the Jr. Senator job – he doesn’t seem to understand either the process or procedures used in a democracy…
    I’m curious if the people giving BO approval points actually have any idea how the process in Washington works? Clearly, Obama can’t figure it out – he seems to think the bill should pass before we know whats in it!

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