Appearing on Bill O'Reilly's "The O'Reilly Factor" last night, liberal talk show host Bill Maher offered a hypothesis as to why Obama's approval ratings have plummeted: the country is racist.
O'REILLY: But there's something more in play here, I think, and I just wondered if you had noticed anything about the President's presentation or the way he goes about his job that you might point to?
MAHER: Well, obviously, people think he's a little bloodless. I happen to like that in a president. I like a president that uses his brain and not his faith or his heart or his gut as the former president did. I kind of like that in our president. But, you know, again, they don't brag about their accomplishments and when you downplay the economy, all of the dissatisfaction with him is about the economy. Of course a lot of it is racially --
O'REILLY: You think it's racially?
MAHER: Almost all of it.
O'REILLY: You're on that bandwagon of if you don't like him, you're a racist and you can't be there. Maher, that's not you. You can't be there.
MAHER: Oh, so you don't think it's racially involved at all?
O'REILLY: Of course not. You know, he was elected by 53% of the public and when he took office, his approval was over 70. Come on. Come on!
Maher also took some shots at Former President Bush: