The Fox News host of the show brought up the Benghazi and IRS scandals that have plagued Barack Obama’s presidency. Bill O’Reilly accused Obama of distracting from the scandals to protect his image and campaign.
“Your detractors believe that you did not tell the world [Benghazi] was a terror attack because your campaign didn’t want that out,” O’Reilly said. “That’s what they believe.”
“And they believe it because folks like you tell them that,” Obama said. “These kinds of things keep on surfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them.”
Prior to the interview, O’Reilly revealed to Fox’s Megyn Kelly that he was “not nervous.”
“He is not a bad guy, I think people misread him,” he said. “However, my interview this time is going to be very precise.”
The news comes a few days after the U.S. president delivered to the nation his annual State of Union speech in which he urged the Congress to support his ‘Year in Action’.
Obama urged the Congress to join efforts in trying to roll back a 30-year-long slump in the fortunes of the counrty’s struggling middle classes.
Despite recent poll showing that the president is at a low point now, Obama spoke with a tone of defiant optimism – urging the U.S. lawmakers to act for the sake of boosting new jobs, improving education and infrastructure while vowing to act alone to try and accomplish what Washington’s divided politics could not.
“Opportunity is who we are. And the defining project of our generation is to restore that promise,” said Mr Obama as he laid down a challenge to Congress to focus “on creating new jobs, not creating new crises.”
“I’m eager to work with all of you,” Obama added. “But America does not stand still – and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”
President’s orders included increase of wage for federal contract workers, creation of a “starter savings account” to help millions save for retirement, and plans to establish new fuel efficiency standards for trucks, reports Reuters.
Obama explained to the nation that he was driven to act by the worsening and widening gap between rich and poor and the fact that while the stock market has soared, average wages have barely budged.
“Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better,” he claimed.
“Inequality has deepened,” Obama said. “Upward mobility has stalled. The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by, let alone get ahead. And too many still aren’t working at all.”