During a recent speech, Barack Obama once again tried to resuscitate support for his healthcare law by insisting the only opposition to ObamaCare emanates from Fox News.
“There’s a reason fewer Republicans, you hear them running around about ObamaCare,” he said, “because while good, affordable health care might seem like a fanged threat to the freedom of the American people on Fox News, it turns out it’s working pretty well in the real world.”
In case any of his social media followers missed the speech, Obama’s handlers posted the quote on Twitter.
President Obama: While affordable health care might still be a threat to freedom on Fox News, it’s working pretty well in the real world.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 2, 2014
As one might imagine, Fox News personalities took exception to his remark.
‘On the Record’ host Greta Van Susteren reacted by insisting that while Obama is certainly not damaging the nation’s cable news leader, such divisive rhetoric does succeed in sullying his office.
“What’s the impact on Fox? Zero,” she said. “The president is giving us free promo. Fox News is hot; you’ve seen the latest viewer numbers. But that’s not the point.”
Van Susteren explained that Obama should “act presidential,” which entails rising above the desire to out his perceived enemies during a speech to college students at Northwestern University.
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Those students, she explained, make up the next generation of leaders, noting that they should be encouraged to respect the office of the presidency rather than view it as “a platform to settle petty scores.”
The hosts of Fox and Friends also discussed the comment, with Brian Kilmeade explaining that he doesn’t think the network “belonged in the dialogue.”
Steve Doocey wondered when Fox News reached the “presidential level,” suggesting Obama was “punching down.”
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He went on to insist that the president “needs a boogeyman,” a role the news network could apparently fill.
Chris Wallace, however, was on hand to bring some perspective, calling the Obama mention a “badge of honor” for Fox News staff.
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