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Pelosi Criticizes O'Reilly for 'Hate' Question During Obama Interview


"completely inappropriate"

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) thinks Bill O'Reilly's "hate" question during a pre-Super Bowl interview with President Obama was just "completely inappropriate."

"Just seeing it again ... I thought was a completely inappropriate question, of course beautifully handled by the president," Pelosi told Gayle King on the Oprah Radio network, reports The Hill.

"To hear this used in the presence of the president of the United States — I think we all have to recognize that while we disagree with people, and may think that they are wrong," the word "hate" should never be used, she explained.

The exhcange between the president and O'Reilly centered around people's perception about Obama:

"Does it disturb you that so many people hate you?" O'Reilly asked Obama. When Obama chuckled, O'Reilly reiterated that it was a serious question.

"The people who dislike you don't know you," Obama then responded. "The folks who hate you don't know you; what they hate is whatever funhouse mirror image of you is out there." He later said he doesn't take it personally and that the position requires "thick skin."

The interview featured an O'Reilly that did not shy away from tough questions, but also joked with the president throughout.

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