Now that was rude on Webb’s part. The president, knowing Webb’s anti-war sentiments, went out of his way to engage the senator-elect about his son. That was a nice gesture, was it not?
Webb took the occasion to politic. That was inappropriate, especially at the White House. And then he turned disrespectful.
Now, we’ve invited Senator-elect Webb on “The Factor” to talk it over, but so far, he has not accepted. But I will say this directly to him: It’s fine to dissent from the Iraq War and to believe the president is wrong to wage it. Dissent is honorable. However, in a meeting like that, there should be respect for the office of the presidency. You made a mistake, Mr. Webb, in not being gracious.
O’Reilly, of course, rose to prominence by endorsing the impeachment of President Clinton for a sexual affair. You will search his transcripts and newspaper columns in vain for even a ghost of respect towards the fomrer president. But when a Senator is hostile towards the Republican President who placed his son in danger in the service of an ill-conceived and poorly-planned war, that’s just intolerable rudeness.
This was the lead story on O’Reilly’s show last night, incidentally. He’s that outraged.