Conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly - "Shovey McGrabber"
A no-spin zone situation erupted in New Hampshire, as Fox News host Bill O'Reilly got into a confrontation with an Obama aide after O'Reilly started screaming at him as he tried to get Barack Obama's attention following a rally.
SunTimes Lynn Sweet reports that O'Reilly "eventually did chat briefly with Obama and asked him to be a guest on his show."
O'Reilly, with a Fox News crew in tow, was screaming at Obama National Trip Director Marvin Nicholson "Move" so he could get Obama's attention, according to eyewitnesses.
"O'Reilly was yelling at him, yelling at his face," a photographer shooting the scene said to Sweet.
O'Reilly grabbed Nicholson's arm and shoved him, another eyewitness said.
Nicholson, who is 6'8, said O'Reilly called him "low class."
"He grabbed me with both his hands here," Nicholson said to Sweet, gesturing to his left arm and O'Reilly "started shoving me." Nicholson said, " He was pretty upset. He was yelling at me."
O 'Reilly was immediately flanked by Secret Service agents after he pushed Nicholson. They told O'Reilly he needed to calm down and get behind the fence-like barricade that contained the press.
Obama allegedly was not witness to any of the fracas.
O'Reilly yelled "sir" at Obama and Obama walked over, not aware of what happened and told him he had an overflow crowd to visit. According to the time code from a photographer shooting the two, Obama and O'Reilly talked near 11:45 a.m. eastern time.
Sweet writes that Obama and O'Reilly "shook hands and Mr. O’Reilly said he thought Sen. Obama was great and that he loved him and loved to have him on the show and said he would think about coming on after the primaries."
The situation occurred at Nashua, NH North High School where Obama just addressed a rally.
i saw this on a few forums, but didn't see it here yet.
ETA A little more info from CBS News:
O'Reilly said on Fox News Channel this afternoon that there was no scuffle between he and Nicholson: "No scuffle at all. I just removed him from in front of the camera."
When asked if O'Reilly used any profanity with Nicholson, O'Reilly said chuckling, "I might have called him an S.O.B. That's possible."
Obama acknowledged O’Reilly after he reached Obama a second time. Nicholson said O’Reilly shouted to Obama and he acknowledged O’Reilly and shook hands with him.
Nicholson added that O’Reilly told Obama how much he loved him and how great he was.
One reporter asked, “Did he say ‘love”?”
Nicholson coyly replied, “I’m not sure, the sentiment was love.”