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Heath care, Egypt, dominate pre-Super Bowl interview with President Obama ^ | 2/6/2011 | Joe Newby

Posted on 02/06/2011 7:28:39 PM PST by FredJake

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly sat down for an interview with President Barack Obama in the White House before the start of the Super Bowl Sunday afternoon.

The turmoil in Egypt and the recent decision against his signature health care law dominated the 14 minute interview.

O’Reilly thanked the President for his role in protecting Fox News journalists who were attacked and beaten in Egypt.

In calling for an "orderly transition" of power in Egypt, Obama said Egypt could not go "back to what it was".

While telling O'Reilly that the U.S. cannot dictate what Egypt must do, the President said “the time is now” for change, and said he expressed those concerns to Egyptian President Mubarak - a man he called a "good partner" in the war on terror.

While calling for a representative government in Egypt, he said the Muslim Brotherhood was just one faction of many. “The Egyptian people want freedom,” he said.

On the issue of health care, the President said Judge Vinson was wrong in declaring the 2,700+ page law unconstitutional.

Although pressed on the issue, Obama did not tell O'Reilly how he would react if the Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional, saying only that he would look at GOP proposals he thought were good, and said that he did not want to fight the battle over the law again.

The House of Representatives voted to repeal the law in mid January, and the Senate defeated a repeal measure along a strict party line vote.

Despite being ruled unconstitutional, Democrats are pushing ahead with implementation of the law.

The President also told O'Reilly the American people were "pretty evenly divided" over the issue of health care, but a Rasmussen poll shows more than half the nation's voters want the law repealed

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TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: interview; obama; oreilly; superbowl
In 15 minutes we learned he disagrees with Judge Vinson (and will probably ignore that judge as well), thinks the Muslim Brotherhood is just another faction in Egypt, hates wearing jackets in the White House on Super Bowl Sunday, and is going to watch the whole game. Overall, a colossal waste of 15 minutes.
1 posted on 02/06/2011 7:28:44 PM PST by FredJake
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To: FredJake

BHO must be trying to get appointed to the White House Press Corpse. He deserves a front row seat after that massage.

2 posted on 02/06/2011 7:31:24 PM PST by screaminsunshine (Surfers Rule)
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To: FredJake

not the Heath Care! i’m guessing eating Heath bars are on the Wookie’s next list of foods for us to abandon as well.

3 posted on 02/06/2011 7:32:12 PM PST by Dominic01 (Political correctness has become a psychosis)
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To: Dominic01

Heh. Sorry, my bad. Fingers got ahead of my brain.

4 posted on 02/06/2011 7:36:58 PM PST by FredJake
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To: FredJake
How many hickeys did Bill leave on Obummer’s arse?
5 posted on 02/06/2011 7:37:25 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: FredJake

I didn’t watch bill o’reilly pander to the pResident...

I don’t watch o’reilley anymore, anyway.

o’reilley is like 2 week old fish.....he stinks.

He’s losing his audience, because his nose is too, too brown.

6 posted on 02/06/2011 7:37:53 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: FredJake

Despite being ruled unconstitutional, Democrats are pushing ahead with implementation of the law.

When has that ever stopped them.

7 posted on 02/06/2011 7:38:19 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Mortrey


8 posted on 02/06/2011 7:39:30 PM PST by janee (janee)
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To: screaminsunshine

When a business turns bad, people vote with their feet and walk away from it. It is time to walk away from FNC and “The O’Reilly Factor”. They have joined the dark side of America hating, POTUS Barack Hussein Obama and are actively supporting his destruction of America, the American dream, Freedom & Opportunity!!! I will not watch Mr. O’Reilly hoping millions of other American viewers will broom him down the toilet where he belongs!!!

9 posted on 02/06/2011 7:40:18 PM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: FredJake

The Heaths don't need no help.

10 posted on 02/06/2011 7:42:23 PM PST by rabidralph (...Because you never know how far you can run unless you run.--Penny Chenery, Owner, Secretariat)
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To: FredJake

the riots in egypt are essentially food riots.

Therefor the answer to question as to what to do involves food.

So first have a five year plan to subsidize Egyptian grain. During that five years invest in pulling up water from the ancient aquifers in the Egyptian western desert to grow grain. (Libya shares the same giant aquifer and already has huge wheat fields in the desert that can be seen from space) At the end of five years stop the subsidies and rely on the home grown wheat.

Finally an international contest would be drawn up to collapse the cost of water desalination. The contest would to see who could drop the cost of seawater desalination by $100 on three oceans. Then a new contest would be held. Whoever could beat the new price point would win 1 billion dollars. And so on until the price of desalinized water was ~50@acre foot. At Which point it becomes cost competitive to grow crops. Another contest would be held to cut the cost of delivered water by pipeline. The idea would be to bring down the cost of installing, and maintaining the pipeline and lowering the cost of pumping water.

Cheap water and cheap pipline pumping would make it possible to desert farm 1000 mile from any seacoast with desalinized water. Basically you’d be able to turn the deserts green around the world and double the size of the habitable planet and solve the worlds food water and population problem for 100-200 years.

I have read that Mubarak has 40 billion in personal wealth. You might be able to get him to subsidize Egyptian grain imports for 5 years at a cost of 12 billion or so.
You might also be able to get the Saudis to invest in Egyptian agriculture by pulling up water from the ancient aquifers. That might cost another 12 billion. It is in the Saudi interest to have a stable Egypt.
Finally the cost of contests would also be born by international billionaires as proposed by Bill Gates. This program would run ten years for a cost of ~12 billion.

In the end none of the parties that are non islamist will be able to govern unless they have a vision. This is it. Mubarak has actually been playing with the idea of grain independence–but he has not been able to deliver.

11 posted on 02/06/2011 9:06:17 PM PST by ckilmer (Phi)
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. Basically you’d be able to turn the deserts green around the world

If there isn't enough natural rain, doesn't the irrigation dissolve salts out of the earth, that then crystallize? Is it true that a few years of this renders the earth too salty to grow anything?

12 posted on 02/06/2011 9:12:40 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid!)
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To: wintertime; ckilmer
You are both correct.

Saudi Arabia has turned itself into a bit of a food exporter using de-salinization plants fueled by the natural gas they just used to burn off! (They also use it to create electric power. They have seriously reduced their aquifers, however, and have to deal with salinization by ever-heavier irrigation and very careful crop rotation and fallowing with alfalfa (actually a traditional desert farming plant) clover, soybeans, and vetches.

Libya became an agricultural powerhouse when the Italians ran it, and the Libyans also have increased their bounty using the same methods as the Saudis. Ironically, in Roman times, Egyptian wheat was a staple in Roman Italy and elsewhere. Now however, Italy, France, and Spain always have potential subsidized wheat surpluses, and are probably a source for Egypt, which of course in earlier times had a fraction of its present population.

The Egyptians are talented engineers and have many elaborate projects underway to increase arable land. Their problem is two-fold, poor administration and massive inbred corruption. If it is anything like Saudi Arabia, by the time it comes to actually doing a project, the necessary bribes and baksheesh can literally reduce the budget for operations down to pennies on the dollar compared to the face amount of contracts! Lots of badly needed stuff gets started and then lingers on in fits and starts while the payoffs continue.

Just like Chicago and Boston!

13 posted on 02/06/2011 9:51:18 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (Man up, Mubarak ... you're Air Force!)
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Obama played with him like a Cat playing with a Mouse. It will take alot more JUJU than the Big Bloviator has to get the Great Obama.

14 posted on 02/06/2011 10:35:11 PM PST by screaminsunshine (Surfers Rule)
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To: ckilmer

The plan is to pay them in loaves of bread while they construct the Great Pyramid of Obama.

15 posted on 02/06/2011 10:37:46 PM PST by screaminsunshine (Surfers Rule)
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Have avoided watching O’Reilly for a couple years now and the only thing I miss is the segment with Dennis Miller.

16 posted on 02/07/2011 10:18:16 AM PST by Two Kids' Dad ((((( )))))
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