“What you did was strip him of his majesty, so to speak,” Geraldo Rivera said to Bill O’Reilly on Friday’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” referring to a Super Bowl day interview in which O’Reilly asked tough questions of Obama.
Stripped him of his majesty?
Majesty is for kings, not presidents, and this country has never treated its presidents with any degree of majesty or even courteousness.
Has Rivera no knowledge of history? Has he never read Eric Burns’ “Infamous Scribblers“?
Of our first president, George Washington, a Philadelphia newspaper spat out: “If ever a nation was debauched by a man the American nation has been debauched by WASHINGTON! Let the history of the federal government instruct mankind that the masque of patriotism may be worn to conceal the foulest designs against the liberties of a people.”
Of our second president, John Adams, another writer said that he had a “hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman.”
Of our third president, Thomas Jefferson, newspaper writer James Callender wrote: “It is well known that the man, whom it delighteth the people to honor, keeps, and for many years past has kept, as his concubine, one of his own slaves. Her name is SALLY. The name of her eldest son is TOM. His features are said to bear a striking although sable resemblance to those of the president himself.”
Though this bit of calumny is widely circulated and believed today, it is probably not true, according to researchers.
Unlike Rivera’s vague references to majesty, Charles Krauthammer in an interview on Fox News’ “Special Report,” called the president’s executive orders “unbelievably unconstitutional” and lawless, saying he has circumvented Congress “at least 15 times.”