Sarah Palin’s popularity among conservatives may be strong, but even some of them seem to think she ought to learn a little bit more. That includes Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly.
Appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday, O’Reilly told George Stephanopoulos that if Palin wants to be a serious political contender for the 2012 elections, she should hit the books.
“Sarah Palin needs to go to college,” O’Reilly said.
“Political college, world affairs college,” he added, ostensibly tempering what appeared to be a slight at the former vice presidential candidate who most Americans deem unqualified to be president.
“And she is. She’s hired a bunch of advisers and they’re giving her a whole bunch of tracks to learn, because it is a sophisticated deal.”
O’Reilly said Palin would like to run but needs to also consider the family considerations and the tough media environment. “It depends how articulate they are and how they’re gonna handle all the slime factor,” he said.
Palin resigned last year as the governor of Alaska and is now a paid contributor for the Fox News Channel.
“You get into this game now, they’re gonna tear you to pieces on both sides,” O’Reilly added. “Do you have the stomach for it? You wanna put your family through that? That’s what scares them away. The press is so vicious now with a capital ‘V.'”
The Fox host said he personally has no interest in running. “I have more power doing what I’m doing than getting involved with the political process,” he said. “Plus you have to kiss butt to get money.”
Discussing health care reform, O’Reilly said the approaches of both parties are flawed, claiming that the Republican plans falls short of real results while the Democratic plan is too expensive.
The following video is from ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Former Chinese premier Li Peng, the ‘Butcher of Beijing’, dies aged 90
Former Chinese premier Li Peng -- known as the "Butcher of Beijing" for his role in the Tiananmen Square crackdown -- has died at the age of 90, state media said Tuesday.
Li died of an unspecified illness in Beijing after he failed to respond to medical treatment late Monday, the official Xinhua news agency said. The ex-premier had previously battled bladder cancer.
Li gained notoriety worldwide as one of the key architects of the brutal breakup of mass pro-democracy demonstrations in the capital on June 4, 1989, and stayed at the top of the Communist regime for more than a decade, while remaining a hated symbol of the repression until his death.
Black couple’s marriage proposal party interrupted multiple times by white security guards accusing them of theft
According to a report at WHEC, a black couple who drove to a park where the man intended to propose were interrupted and harassed three times by security guards who accused them of stealing a T-shirt at a gift shop.
In a Facebook post, Cathy-Marie Hamlet explained that she and her fiancé, Clyde Jackson, were sitting at a table outside the Angry Orchard gift shop when a female security guard approached them and accused Jackson of stealing the shirt and asked to check his pockets.
Prime Minister Imran Khan claims Pakistani intelligence led CIA to bin Laden
Pakistan's main spy agency provided the US with a lead that helped them find and kill Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Monday.
Pakistan has until now officially denied having any knowledge of the terror chief until he was shot dead in a night time raid by US special forces on May 2, 2011, an incident that was a major national embarrassment and caused ties between the two countries to plummet.
Khan, who is visiting Washington on his first official trip, made his claim in an interview with Fox News when he was asked whether his country would release a jailed doctor whose fake immunization drive helped the US track and kill bin Laden in 2011.