Bill O'Reilly In Dust Up Over At Obama Camp
The incident at Nashual High School North unfolded shortly before noon as Obama chatted with voters, just three days before New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary.
"[O'Reilly] was just a crazy person," a photographer who witnessed the altercation told The Daily News. "He throws a complete fit, and then the Secret Service came in."
The aide, Marvin Nicholson, the senator's national trip director, was shadowing Obama as the senator worked the rope line.
"He started yelling at me to move out of the shot," said Nicholson, recounting the incident to reporters. "And then he came around the barricade and grabbed me by the arm with both his hands and was trying to push me out of the way."
O'Reilly, appearing on his radio program later, insisted there was "no scuffle at all." But he quickly added, "I just, um, removed him from in front of the camera."
The Secret Service then got involved, aides said, and ordered O'Reilly to return behind the barricade.
O'Reilly followed the Secret Service instructions and returned behind the barricade. "And, then, I went over and I said, ‘Sir, I'd really appreciate it if you wouldn't push me anymore.' And he said I was low class."
Conceded O'Reilly: "I might have called him an s.o.b.. That's possible. But nothing more than that."
Moments after the brouhaha, O'Reilly succeeded in getting the senator's attention. According to Nicholson and other witnesses, O'Reilly chatted briefly with Obama - about 10 seconds.
O'Reilly invited Obama to be a guest on his show, Nicholson recalled, "and the senator said that he would think about coming on the show after the primaries."
Nicholson said Obama did not know about the shoving incident when he spoke to O'Reilly.
Asked by the Daily News how the senator reacted upon learning that O'Reilly had shoved him, Nicholson replied, "He was like, ‘You alright?' I was like ‘Yeah, I'm alright.'"
A woman in the crowd, who witnessed the incident, exclaimed, "I'm never going to watch that man again. I don't believe this!"
Nicholson, who stands six-feet-eight-inches and wears a size 12 shoe, good naturedly downplayed the incident.
"It's no big deal," he kept saying to reporters who were throwing questions at him.
Asked if he considered shoving back, Nicholson replied with a smile, "I wouldn't give him the satisfaction."
LMAO! O'Reilly right in the thick of it. What that man wont do to get the story! This election is getting Hillarious. Actually if you watch the video just above this comment it looks like the Obama Staffer had his hands on Bill O'Reilly. Not the other way around.