Morning Vid: O'Reilly Asks Why Obama Always Flouts Public Opinion

The people vs. Barack Obama

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Lately a temperate voice on Fox News, Bill O'Reilly went after President Obama in light of the Justice Department's announcement that it would sue the state of Arizona. O'Reilly's beef is not solely confined to Arizona's controversial law, or even the wider debate surrounding immigration reform. Rather, O'Reilly discerns a frustrating propensity in Obama to simply ignore public opinion. "Once again, the President has decided to embrace a policy that goes against the majority of the American people," declares O'Reilly, before running down a laundry list of examples:

Same thing happened with Obamacare and with civilian trials for captured Al Qaeda big shots.In fact, Politico is now reporting that the Obama administration will put off the trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed until after November's election. That because public opinion is so adamantly against the civilian trial.By the way, old Khalid is still in Guantanamo Bay, which is not apparently going to be closed any time soon. ...

With the oil still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico at a rate of up to 60,000 barrels a day and with the president taking unpopular positions, it is no wonder the latest Gallup poll is bad news for him. Fifty-one percent of Americans now say Mr. Obama does not deserve to be re-elected in 2012; 46 percent want him to stay in office. While the poll is, as I said, bad news, the president is not out of the game by any means.

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