Yesterday, Bill O’Reilly attended a Barack Obama event — I can only presume in the hopes of ruining the Democratic candidate’s campaign by catching him in an act of power-lust, screaming at his aides “Motherfucker, I want more iced tea.” But, as per usual, it was O’Reilly who became unruly. He became violent towards one of Obama’s staffers and attracted the attention of the secret service. The staffer tells his harrowing account of surviving the attack at the hands of the O’Reilly Factor:
Obama staffer Marvin Nicholson, a personal aide always at Obama’s side during rope line handshakes, said O’Reilly yelled at him to get out of the way of his cameraman’s shot. Nicholson said O’Reilly came around the waist-high barricade separating Obama from well-wishers.
“Then he grabbed me with both of his arms and tried to push me out of the way,” Nicholson said after the campaign agreed to make him available to reporters.
A Fox News spokesman did not immediately respond to e-mail and phone messages.
The scene was hard to miss. O’Reilly is about 6-feet-5-inches tall. Nicholson is 6-feet-8-inches tall.
“I told him, ‘Sir, I would appreciate it if you wouldn’t shove me anymore.’
“He called me ‘low class.’ He was pretty upset.”
Secret Service agents assigned to protect Obama ordered O’Reilly back behind the barricade. At that point Obama approached him and extended his hand.
O’Reilly, Nicholson recounted, “said the senator was great and that he would love to have him on the show.”
Nicholson, a veteran of political campaigns, worked as Sen. John Kerry’s personal aide in the 2004 presidential campaign, acquiring the nickname “Chief of Stuff.”
“I’ve never seen a member of the press lay hands on a staffer before,” he said.
If there’s one good way to describe O’Reilly, it is indeed as an expert on the subject of “low class.”