On Monday, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said that recent revelations that the Obama administration used its investigatory powers to look into the members of the media may be due to President Barack Obama’s lack of a strong father figure when growing up.
O’Reilly explained his theory to Laura Ingraham on her radio program, noting that he lacked a father’s presence in his life — something that Obama wrote about in his book “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.”
“It’s all about control and I think that that’s a hallmark of Barack Obama’s personality,” O’Reilly said. “I don’t want to be a psychiatrist here, but when you’re a kid raised in a real turbulent situation like he did with no guiding force in the house, no authoritative figure, no father, all of that — when you get to be an adult, the chances are you’re going to want to control your environment. And that’s the hallmark of his administration, is that Barack Obama wants control. He wants loyalty — every president wants that. But he doesn’t like anything that is happening that he can’t tell you to say ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ It’s absolute power.”
O’Reilly, author of the new book “Keep It Pithy: Useful Observations in a Tough World,” also said that the president lacked any resistance beyond his wife, Michelle Obama, and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.
“Most of his acolytes give him that,” O’Reilly continued. “I mean, they just bow down to Barack Obama. I don’t think he’s got a lot of people in there telling him, ‘Hey you’re wrong.’ I think maybe his wife can do that and perhaps Valerie Jarrett, but that’s about it. So when a story appears and they see it and they don’t like it because they don’t know who’s giving it up, they go after them. So it might be a little thing to another president, like Ronald Reagan for example — I don’t think he would have cared. But it’s a big thing for Obama.”