The Obama Administration hosted its first White House Christmas party for the media this week. Bill O’Reilly not only attended, but he later spoke very highly of the party, making particular mention of how impressed he was with first lady Michelle Obama. This did not please conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, who gave O’Reilly some stick during a guest appearance on The Factor. Not surprisingly, O’Reilly pushed right back.
While the tenor of the conversation started light, it appeared to become heated at times, before returning to the jovial teasing vibe that O’Reilly and Ingraham usually enjoy.
O’Reilly: I understand that you and Dr. Deiner are going to have a dinner date tonight?
Ingraham: Oh yeah…its like you and Michelle Obama. We’re like this.
O’Reilly: Hey, Michelle Obama and I very, very close
Ingraham: I’m gushing over your gushing last night about Christmas party. I’m still trying to get over that.
O’Reilly (interrupting): I’m calling you out on that. I thought she was very nice at the party. I thought she treated everyone with respect…you’re going to give me a hard time about that? I reported honestly
Ingraham (interrupting): What did you think she was going to do? Not let you near the punch bowl? I mean of course she’s going to be nice to you! She’s smart!
O’Reilly: So what? She was nice! I reported what happened and you have a beef with it?
Ingraham: I don’t remember you gushing over Laura Bush
O’Reilly: Well then you have a bad memory Miss Laura because I said, when Laura Bush gave the initial speech at the convention in 2000 I was the first broadcaster to say that this woman gave an extraordinary speech on education! So YOU don’t know what you are talking about! Don’t call me out on that!
Ingraham: I have just one question. Did you eat an ACORN shaped cookie last night?
O’Reilly: Oh Bull___! You are a blind ideologue who, even if somebody is nice to you, you won’t admit it because you’re … talk about a Kool-aid drinker? You have an IV attached to your arm!
Ingraham: They are a beautiful family.