National Journal reporter Jill Lawrence attended the Washington, D.C., Friday showing of Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller‘s “Bolder Fresher” tour. She wrote-up a post on her experience at the event, which featured a poke at Newt Gingrich‘s waistline.
From Lawrence’s story:
O’Reilly started right off shouting (literally) at Obama for not tagging the Boston Marathon attacks “Islamic jihad” right after they occurred. “What kind of a message does this send when the commander in chief will not define the enemy?” he thundered. In his Objective Analyst mode, O’Reilly added that Obama can’t be blamed because he never sold himself as a bold leader. “He didn’t come on like Winston Churchill. That’s not who he pretended to be,” he said.
Which raises the question of how did Obama win reelection. Which leads to a staple of O’Reilly’s shtick since then: a critique of the 2012 GOP field. Ron Paul passed one bill, renaming a post office, in 22 years in Congress. Rick Perry had a problem getting beyond “howdy” and “looking sharp.” Rick Santorum talked about religion, and shouldn’t have. Newt Gingrich “put on eight pounds” every day of the campaign, and “the bigger he got, the testier he got.”