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David Letterman Confronts Bill O'Reilly: 'Why Doesn't the Current President Get More Credit for Everything He's Accomplished?


"I base my stuff on facts."

Image Credit: CBS/"Late Night With David Letterman"

On Wednesday evening, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly appeared on "Late Night with David Letterman," where he discussed Osama bin Laden, Vice President Dick Cheney, the current political schema and plenty more. As could be expected, O'Reilly and host David Letterman disagreed on a number of fronts.

The segment launched with a discussion about Cheney and the Bush administration's handling of the search for Osama bin Laden. While O'Reilly claimed that he doesn't know the former vice-president well enough to have a solid opinion about him, Letterman seemed a bit more negative about the politician. It didn't take long for the discussion to move to the economy.

Here's a brief clip that shows a portion of O'Reilly's appearance:

Mediaite recaps the dialogue (and disagreement) that unfolded between the divergent parties, specifically when it comes to economic issues:

When the topic turned to this year’s presidential election, Letterman proposed that “you don’t change horses when a guy is fighting to improve the economy.” O’Reilly disagreed, saying, “That doesn’t work … because people are scared and scared voters usually go against the incumbent.”

Letterman replied, “I don’t know. I would be scared to turn it over to a new administration.” O’Reilly said he wouldn’t be scared to do so; he just wants the “best man for the times.”

As the two spoke, Letterman unleashed the true question that was likely at the back of his mind throughout the debate -- "Why doesn't the current president get more credit for everything he's accomplished?" Mediaite continues, highlighting O'Reilly's response:

O’Reilly conceded that he thinks the president has done a very good job on foreign policy, but “he has botched the economy.”

Letterman disagreed with that, calling it “rhetoric,” but O’Reilly asserted, “I base my stuff on facts. You know I’m not an ideologue. I don’t care about party. I don’t care about party at all.”

The two, of course, ended their disagreement on a positive note, as they choose to "fist-bump" over their differences. You can watch the entire segment over at Mediaite.

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