Bill O'Reilly: Abraham Lincoln Would Never Have Appeared on Zach Galifianakis’ ‘Between Two Ferns’ (Video)

Bill O'Reilly: Abraham Lincoln Would Never Have Appeared on Zach Galifianakis' 'Between Two Ferns' (Video)

The Fox News host was not a big fan of President Obama's interview with Zach Galifianakis

Would Abraham Lincoln have allowed himself to be interviewed by the likes of Zach Galifianakis? Bill O'Reilly says no.

On Tuesday's “The O'Reilly Factor,” the Fox News host poured cold water on President Barack Obama's appearance on the comedian's cringe-humor show hosted on Funny or Die.

“Using a comedic web site to enroll people is a little bit desperate, don't you think?” O'Reilly scoffed.

Also readPresident Obama and Zach Galifianakis Grill Each Other On ‘Between Two Ferns’ (Video)

Earlier in the day, White House press secretary Jay Carney defended the president's participation in the snarky video.

“The video itself was causing the action that we'd hoped it would cause, which is getting folks to go to and look at the options available to them and hopefully enroll,” Carney said. ”We obviously assess opportunities that we have and, you know, look at whether or not they're going to be successful and wise and I think we made the right call here.”

Also readRead Obama and Zach Galifianakis’ Full Transcript of ‘Between Two Ferns’ Interview

“For a president under intense scrutiny to do a comedy show, raises some questions,” O'Reilly observed. “First of all, I don't really have a problem with it in general: I think the timing hurts Mr. Obama, the economy continues to be problematic and Putin is clearly testing the president. It looks like Putin believes the president is a light weight, will a comedy video counter that?”

Also readPresident Obama Dukes It Out With Bill O'Reilly In Heated Pre-Super Bowl Interview (Video)

“I'm all for PR and if (Jay) Carney wanted to go on Funny or Die, fine but the president of the United States?” he asked incredulously. “All I can tell is you is Abe Lincoln would not have done it. There comes a point when serious times call for serious action. We're a divided nation which talking points believes is in decline. Mr. Obama is quick, has a good sense of humor. Those are assets. But he needs to be aware. He needs to be aware of how his enemies perceive him because I believe the testing of America is just getting started.”

Historians may question whether O'Reilly– who wrote the best seller “Killing Lincoln”– is the best judge of the pop culture sensibilities of the 16th president. The Fox News host has faced scrutiny over factual inaccuracies in his book, which has caused the National Park Service's Lincoln Home historic site in Springfield to shun selling it. After the Fox News's rant lambasting Beyonce yesterday, perhaps the real anachronistic question of our time is would President Lincoln have considered “Partition” art?

Watch O'Reilly's comments below:

  • CoolwhipSpecial

    A lot of people think Bill O'Reilly is stupid, but I think he's just a master troll. Maybe the best. He's saying exactly what his fan-base wants to hear.

  • bearfoot33

    wrap it up bill… you're from another time and place… only your choir can hear you thru the dissonance !

  • Jack

    Remember when conservatives yelled and scolded when Gerald Ford and Sarah Palin were on “Saturday Night Live” or when Richard Nixon was on “Laugh-In” or when George W. Bush was on “Deal or No Deal?” Me neither.

    • Supammu Aruchaifu

      I would have hoped people would have enough respect to not bring into this argument a former president who was so tragically eaten by wolves.

      • DC

        But, he was delicious

  • Gad

    I'll not be alone in noting that Mr. Obama already appeared in a comedic context . . . with O'Reilly.

  • Jay McGhee

    Right. And he was president during the civil war. He also wouldn't have liked Bill's show or anything Bill stands for.

  • Capt. Chris Pike

    Abe would probably have known the difference between a loofah and a falafel, so there's that too.

  • ChasInNJ

    It's all too obvious that a Reich-Wing Nationalist would worship the despot Lincoln.

  • Michael P. Shipley

    Lincoln would be too worried he might be asked about the almost a million Americans killed in the war he started.

    • DutchS

      It's a little known fact he was at Fort Sumter and fired the first shot. I read it on the Internet.

      “He” started? By forcing half a dozen Southern States to declare succession before he even assumed office? Did any Southern state seek to secede peacefully by petitioning Congress or pushing the issue through the courts? What was the rush?

      That scene in “Gone With The Wind” when some young twerp challenges Rhett Butler to a duel because he gives an honest appraisal of the military balance is probably right on the mark. The Confederates fired first because they WANTED to fight.

    • Arguman

      LOL. Confederate butthurt. Are you still a Democrat? You must be, because as we all know, the “Southern Strategy” never happened.

  • Jim

    Bill O'Reilly: Abraham Lincoln Would Never Have Appeared on Zach Galifianakis’ ‘Between Two Ferns’ (Video)

    Honest Abe? Is that a hint, O'Reilly? What's next? An actor assasinating the President? Hmmmmm?

  • Hubert Vigilla

    On the flipside, Teddy Roosevelt would have been on Between Two Ferns twice by now.

  • klishnor

    Abe would have challenged Galifianakis to a wrestling match.