D. L. Hughley’s unintentionally revealing interview with Bill O’Reilly
posted at 11:41 am on October 25, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
It’s time to play Twenty Questions. Here are three clues: Your mystery person (1) is a current major party candidate for president, (2) is “smug and arrogant,” (3) shows “disdain for people he can’t relate to.”
Was your answer Barack Obama? If it was, you aren’t D.L. Hughley, who imputes these familiar qualities to the president’s GOP opponent.
Hughley, a comedian by profession, was a guest on the O’Reilly Factor on Wednesday, where he explained why he openly dislikes Mitt Romney. His main grievance resides in his belief that Romney will not “uphold … tenets that [the nation] espouses,” adding, “I’m used to presidents I don’t like being presidents.”
When Bill O’Reilly asked whether the entertainer would pin a Romney victory on racism, Hughley said that “there is an element in this country who despises race,” but then acknowledged that the president’s underwhelming performance in the first debate would be a factor.
The most revealing part of the debate came when Hughley was asked about his comment that Romney treated the president “like a servant” during the first debate. The exchange that followed is worth repeating in its entirety, if for no other reason than the nugget of comedic gold contained in its close:
Hughley: I think there is a certain level of respect, regardless of whether you like someone or not, that is afforded to the Office of the Presidency.
And, I think, that because [Romney] was trying to appeal to a lot of members of the right wing who wanted to see Obama taken down a peg that he basically tried—
O’Reilly: But I didn’t think he was out of line. That’s coming from me. Because, I think, when you saw me interview the President—
Hughley: —I thought that was out of line, too.
O’Reilly: OK, but if the alternative is to let the President who can basically do 18 minutes on your socks—
O’Reilly: —OK, just go wherever he wants. So, what’s the worthiness of an interview like that.
Hughley: The difference between interrupting the president dozens of times and letting him get an answer out somewhere in the middle would probably be more acceptable.
O’Reilly: All right. But I don’t think he was dissatisfied with either interview I did with him. Did you see my interview with George W. Bush.
Hughley: I actually had.
O’Reilly: It was the same amount of interview. And that’s just who I am.
Hughley: Well, you had you to interrupt him because he didn’t quite know what was going on.
O’Reilly: Oh, I see. So, difference of respect on the president changes. [Empasis added]
Hughley’s comeback, in which he attempted to gloss over his overt “disrespect for the Office of the Presidency” by claiming that Obama has been treated worse than any predecessor, was as feeble as it is unintentionally hilarious.
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