Thursday, December 25, 2008

Watch Obama, O’Reilly and Berkowitz on Blagojevich-Obama 2002 relationship & the essence of Obama: Your holiday present streamed from Public Affairs.

Watch here to see Berkowitz and Obama on the O’Reilly Factor [The fastest six minutes on the web]. Between Obama, O’Reilly and Berkowitz, there should be something for everybody.

A Happy Holidays present to the viewers and readers of Public Affairs.
A partial transcript of the O’Reilly Factor segment is included, below.

State Senator Barack Obama (D-Chicago): …right now, my main focus is to make sure that we elect Rod Blagojevich as Governor, we—

Jeff Berkowitz: You working hard for Rod?

Barack Obama: You betcha.

Jeff Berkowitz: Hot Rod?

Barack Obama: That’s exactly right. You know, I think that having a Democratic Governor will make a big difference. I think that I am working hard to get a Democratic [state] senate and Emil Jones President, replacing [Republican Senate President] Pate Philip and once all that clears out in November, then I think we’ll be able to make some good decisions about the [U. S.] Senate race.

Jeff Berkowitz: So, you want to see a Democratic State Senate, a Democratic State House, a Democratic Governor—

Barack Obama: I am a Democrat.

Jeff Berkowitz: Is that balanced? And I thought we wanted a fair and balanced approach to things.

Barack Obama: I am a Democrat.

Jeff Berkowitz: Card-carrying Democrat?

Barack Obama: Card-carrying Democrat. I really believe that the core Democratic philosophy is one that is—you know—really helps working people, and hopefully you know, we’ll be able to make sure that we carry out a mandate in this next election in November [2002].

Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz, June 27, 2002
Bill O’Reilly [FNC]: In your opinion, sir, does his accommodation, I think you nailed it, it’s an accommodation and I’ve said this from the jump that Barack Obama made an accommodation to get power by dealing with people that he knew were “dubious,” that’s the best word, dubious, okay, and to not get involved with them closely but not to challenge them, not to challenge the Machine, not to get away from Rev. Wright, but to just be there, to use these people for what he could use them for and then go away. Now, it’s a character issue. In this society, some people admire that kind of style, other people are appalled by it. Where do you come down?

Jeff Berkowitz: Well, look, I am not appalled by it because I think Barack Obama is the best combination of a fluency with public policy and a fluency in politics. He combines that. As you know, Bill, there are a lot of people in politics who know politics well, but can’t speak worth a damn, you know they are not well spoken at all. Barack Obama knows the issues, he is well spoken, he has a vision. That’s what he has told me, that’s what he has talked about, from 2001 to--

Bill O’Reilly: So, the ends justifies the means-- for Barack Obama.

Jeff Berkowitz: No, it means that if you want to get to be President of the United States, you have to be somewhat of an accommodator, but I don’t think for a minute, Bill, he would have accommodated, or let it go if he knew…

Jeff Berkowitz on the O’Reilly Factor, December 11, 2008; Watch the segment here.
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Recently posted shows on the Public Affairs YouTube page include a recent Bill O'Reilly segment w/Berkowitz on Obama, shows with Chicago Alderman Manuel (Manny) Flores (D-1st Ward, Wicker Park) on impeachment of Rod, Chicago issues and a possible run to replace 5th CD Cong. Emanuel, Cook County Cmsr. Tony Peraica (R-Riverside) on the mess we call Illinois politics, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell, State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Westmont), Cook County Commissioner and possible 5th CD Dem. Primary candidate Mike Quigley (D-Lakeview), State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) and Cook County Cmsr. and Obama Media Team Member Forrest Claypool and much more.