I watched Bill O’ Reilly’s interview of President Obama during the Super Bowl with great sadness.
I was raised by my family and taught in school the president of the United States should be respected and treated with courtesy at all times. It appeared to me during the interview that O’Reilly does not share these values based on his unmannerly tone and the numerous times he interrupted the president, preventing him from completing his answers.
In addition, O’Reilly’s questions were largely devoid of substance, thus missing a golden opportunity for the American public to hear where Obama stands today on important issues such as the economy and foreign policy, and where he wishes to lead us tomorrow.
I had the occasion recently to watch again Walter Cronkite’s various presidential interviews. The courteous and properly probing nature of the interviews stand in sharp contrast to O’Reilly’s effort and serve as a model of professional journalism.
Where is Walter Cronkite when America now needs him so dearly?