Reported on Facebook: O’Reilly Shoves Obama Staffer


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Just got this from Slate‘s John Dickerson over his “twitter” comments on Facebook:

Nashua: Just saw Bill O’Reilly misbehaving at Obama rallly. Shoving Obama staffer.

Someone have that staffer call me! If O’Reilly is engaged in assaulting staffers, the world should know. . .
— Steve Clemons
Update: Lynn Sweet has more.


13 comments on “Reported on Facebook: O’Reilly Shoves Obama Staffer

  1. arthurdecco says:

    Your silence, after two days, is deafening, Mr. Rosengart.


  2. arthurdecco says:

    Ben Rosengart said: “I can’t wait until anti-Semites go back to their natural home on the Right. The left doesn’t need them.”
    Do you consider anti-Semites to be those of us who passionately disapprove of the racist and murderous policies of Israel and its willfully ignorant but still smugly self-proclaimed “progressive” supporters, Mr. Rosengart? Are we the demographic you’re focusing on, in this, your latest assault on civility and good manners?
    Contrary to what you may think – those of us horrified by never-ending Israeli thuggery, state-sanctioned murderer and legalized (and not-so-legalized) theft are NOT ant-Semites.
    We’re well-adjusted, moral humans who haven’t allowed ourselves to be crushed under the weight of delusion, distemper and dishonesty like the supporters of Zionist Israel have been.
    Zionism, by definition, is a racist philosophy and a racist political movement. Pointing that fact out doesn’t make one an anti-Semite OR a racist. And being suspicious of the motivations of right wing Jewish American leaders when we’ve had so much evidence presented to us lately of their collusion with the worst elements of Israeli terror shouldn’t naturally lead to being branded an anti-Semite by rude little men like you either. Questioning the snakes and ladders connections between your self-proclaimed, American Zionist leadership and those campaigning for the Presidency of the United States of America, the most powerful and influential nation in the world, will NEVER be cause for jokers like you to have license to smear us with your intellectual excrement.
    Civilize yourself. If that’s possible…


  3. Lurker says:

    I posted the article “Obama and the Jews” as is, including the title and the source — what is *anti-semitic* about that?
    If you bother to read the Israeli papers, as I do, or even periodicals focused on Jewish news in the U.S. like ‘The Forward” and JTA, or watch any of the candidates for U.S. government pandering to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) or other pro-Israel lobbies, or watch Mosaic, which is news from the Middle East translated into English, and had even the remotest grasp of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and South Asia, you too might wonder, “What about the rest of America and the world? What are we — chopped liver?”
    (I think I just typed the longest sentence ever 😉
    Israel is a liability, and is inherently an apartheid state. Her fans in the U.S., the so-called “Christian” Zionists and some American Jews, have driven us into one utterly horrid war with the possibility of at least four more to come.
    No other country, not even China, which holds the majority of our treasury bonds and is funding our follies (wars) controls us the way Israel’s fans do!
    In addition, we funded the destruction of Lebanon’s infrastructure, the killing of her civilians, and the seeding of more than a million cluster bombs there.
    We fund the daily, albeit slow, genocide of the Palestinians. What those yahoo “Christian” Zionists, like Hucksterbee, don’t seem to realize is that some of the oldest Christian communities are Palestinian. Or maybe they do and just don’t care in their haste to get *Raptured*
    There is now an Israeli wall blocking Bethlehem!
    Experts on the Middle East say a USRael attack on Iran would be tantamount to shooting the world in the head.
    That doesn’t make me feel good, and I’m an atheist. Maybe being an atheist makes me realize exactly how precious the life we live here is, and not to waste it or destroy the lives of others.
    Come tax time I’m going to be purple when I write that fat check to Uncle Sam knowing that 45% of my tax dollars goes straight to the Pentagon to KILL PEOPLE. (source: National Priorities Project) and part of that will go to Israel, to fuel anti-American hatred worldwide.
    BTW: *anti-semite* is the stupidest word ever as Arabs are true Semites, while some Jews are Ashkenazi and have few to no genetic ties to the fabled “Israel.”
    What amazes me is how many otherwise *progressive* secular Jews rush to the defense of Israel, when it is more than clear that she is committing crimes against humanity on a daily basis. And what pisses me off is that she uses MY TAX DOLLARS to do it.
    To all who have asked: I’m not Pissed Off American. From what I gather from his posts I live a few thousand miles away. It’s a little late POA but I’ll make sure and hoist a cuppa of grog while I wish you a very happy New Year. You too Steve.


  4. DreadPirate says:

    Fortunately for my eyes, that diamond studded mirror is “prettier” in that picture. :b
    O’Really must spend A LOT on his makeup artist, …easily over $400/session, …although another
    $4,000,000 would cover his vanity/session.


  5. PissedOffAmerican says:

    So, Rosengart. You don’t feel that a candidate’s pandering to AIPAC and the JTL isn’t a direct window into how he may handle our foreign policies in the Middle East?
    Care to enlighten us as to which comment you found “anti-semitic”?
    You can take your charge of “anti-semitism” and shove it where the sun don’t shine.


  6. jf says:

    No one will block Washington Note cameras. No one.


  7. Ben Rosengart says:

    I can’t wait until anti-Semites go back to their natural home on the Right. The Left doesn’t need them.


  8. Lurker says:

    Obama and the Jews (CANADIAN JEWISH NEWS)
    Friday, 04 January 2008
    (Lurker’s only comment would be, “What about the REST OF US –THE SIX BILLION OR SO WHO ARE NOT JEWS BUT STILL INHABIT PLANET EARTH???)
    WASHINGTON — Ask about Barack Obama’s natural constituencies, and you might hear that he’s the first black with a viable shot at the White House; or about his Kenyan father and his childhood in Indonesia; or the youthfulness of his followers; or the millions of Oprah junkies swooning over his candidacy. What you might not hear is that the Illinois senator, who made history Thursday by winning the Democratic caucus in Iowa, has made Jewish leaders an early stop at every stage in his political career.
    In his first run for the Illinois Senate in 1996, he sought the backing of Alan Solow, a top Chicago lawyer. Eight years later, running for the U.S. Senate — long before he became the shoo-in, when he was running in a Democratic field packed with a dozen candidates, including some Jews — one of his first meetings was with Robert Schrayer,a top Jewish philanthropist in Chicago.
    When he launched his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in late 2006, he named as his fund-raising chief Alan Solomont, the Boston Jewish philanthropist who helped shepherd Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to the Democratic candidacy in 2004.
    And he chose a gathering of the pro-Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, last March to deliver his presidential candidacy’s first foreign policy speech.
    “Some of my earliest and most ardent supporters came from the Jewish community in Chicago,” Obama told JTA in 2004, after his keynote speech galvanized the Democratic convention in Boston.
    Three years later, addressing the National Jewish Democratic Council’s candidate’s forum, he made the same point when he was asked about his ties with Arab Americans and Muslim Americans in Chicago.
    “My support within in the Jewish community has been much more significant than my support within the Muslim community,” Obama said at the April forum, adding: “I welcome and seek the support of the Muslim and Arab communities.”
    His Jewish followers are fervent, distributing “Obama ’08” yarmulkes early in his campaign.
    His rock-star status as well as the relationships Obama has built in the community have helped avoided murmurings about his otherwise notable divergences from pro-Israel orthodoxies.
    In his AIPAC speech, for example, Obama favored diplomacy as a means of confronting Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program. “While we should take no option, including military action, off the table, sustained and aggressive diplomacy combined with tough sanctions should be our primary means to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons,” he said.
    AIPAC does not oppose diplomacy in engaging Iran, but dislikes it as an emphasis, believing that talks could buy the Iranian regime bomb-making time. But his words did not stop the Chicago hotel ballroom packed with 800 AIPAC members from cheering Obama on.
    A few weeks later, Obama drew more rubberneckers than any other candidate attending AIPAC’s policy forum in Washington — drawing away onlookers from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) although she outpolls Obama among Jewish voters. No one winced when he said that Palestinian needs must be considered in working out a peace deal, although that’s hardly standard AIPAC pep talk.
    He made the same point at the NJDC event.
    “It is in the interests of Israel to establish peace in the Middle East,” he said. “It cannot be done at the price of compromising Israel’s security, and the United States government and an Obama presidency cannot ask Israel to take risks with respect to its security. But it can ask Israel to say that it is still possible for us to allow more than just this status quo of fear, terror, division. That can’t be our long-term aspiration.”
    Early in his campaign, he handily killed an Israel-related controversy in its early stages. At a chat he had said that “no one has suffered more than the Palestinians.”
    Blame the leadership was what he meant, he later explained: “What I said was, nobody has suffered more than the Palestinian people from the failure of the Palestinian leadership to recognize Israel, to renounce violence and to get serious about negotiating peace and security for the region,” Obama said during an MSNBC debate.
    Obama tempers his deviations from pro-Israel orthodoxy by going an extra mile in areas where he agrees with groups such as AIPAC.
    He has led the effort in the Senate to pass legislation that would assist U.S. states that choose to divest from Iran. His top Middle East adviser is Dennis Ross, who had the job during the Clinton administration and who has since principally blamed the Palestinian leadership for the failure of the Oslo peace process.
    And in recent speeches, Obama tweaked his pro-Israel rhetoric to echo the recent drive by the Israeli government and pro-Israel groups to insist on recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.
    “I think everyone knows what the basic outlines of an agreement would look like,” he said in a speech redistributed by his campaign. “It would mean that the Palestinians would have to reinterpret the notion of right of return in a way that would preserve Israel as a Jewish state. It might involve compensation and other concessions from the Israelis, but ultimately Israel is not going to give up its state.”
    On domestic issues, Obama is savvy about Jewish social justice commitments, and is on a first name basis with two of the top Jewish religious lobbyists in Washington — Rabbi David Saperstein of the Reform movement and Nathan Diament, who represents the Orthodox Union.
    But that connection is not enough to supplant Clinton among Jewish voters. In a recent American Jewish Committee poll, his favorable rating was 38 percent, while hers was 53 percent.
    Clinton also has most of the Jewish congressional delegation backing her. Her years as first lady and as senator have made her a more familiar presence among Jews. Public policy groups are likelier to favor her uncompromising approach to pushing universal health care, as opposed to Obama’s appeal to build consensus on the issue.
    Obama’s appeal is in his broader vision, according to Solomont.
    “This election will be about change: a change in government and the way politics is conducted,” he told JTA last May. “There is a connection between gridlock and the smallness of our politics.”


  9. Tom Paine says:

    That staffer should have decked O’Reilly. How very typical of American entertainment…someone who should be in a rubber room, is instead a TV host.


  10. Steve Clemons says:

    interesting point Dan…. I don’t follow O’Reilly enough to know his tactics. best, steve


  11. Dan Kervick says:

    Unless the campaign worker was a young kid or a little old grandmother, I would prefer to avoid falling for another of O’Reilly’s many attempts to make himself the story. Obama’s campaign workers are tough, and can handle this campaign trail rough and tumble.


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