Were the conservative radio talk show hosts correct about President Obama from the beginning? That was the subject of tonight’s Talking Points Memo.

The debate between committed liberals and staunch conservatives often gets nasty, personal and even defamatory.

From the start of President Obama’s presidential campaign 2007, Bill O’Reilly notes that he has been severely criticized by conservative talk radio.


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While the personal criticisms are untrue – he’s not a Kenyan, he’s not Muslim and has never done anything nefarious – the professional criticisms are somewhat valid.

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O’Reilly identified President Obama’s basic problem: incompetency.


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“You may remember that the little guys pointed out that Barack Obama had little experience running anything. That he was basically a community organizer and theoretician,” the Factor host said.

O’Reilly called the president’s management skills and problem solving abilities “dubious.”

One example is candidate Obama’s promise that if elected president, he would reform the Department of Veterans Affairs.

He once said in a speech, “The true test of our patriotism is whether we will serve our returning heroes as well as they’ve served us. […] That’s why I pledge to build a 21st Century VA as president. It means no more red tape.”

Fast forward to the shocking VA scandal and the allegations that more than 1,000 veterans died because they couldn’t access proper care. According to Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) new report, the VA wasted about $20 billion. Despite that, $111 million was given to VA administrators in bonus money in 2010 alone.

“While all that was happening, President Obama did nothing,” O’Reilly said, noting that the story came to light thanks to whistleblowers.

He continued, “Add to that the border, Iraq, Putin, the IRS, and you have an administration that is basically missing-in-action.”