If you thought today was unseasonably cool -- 20 degrees here in NYC today -- it's because hell has frozen over. Conservative TV host Bill O'Reilly and President Barack Obama have joined forces and are working together, hand in hand, for the greater good.
Feels a little warmer now in your heart, though, doesn't it. This oil and water duo has put political partisanship on the back burner and has brought military families to the front.
The idea for the unlikely partnership came during the O'Reilly/Obama Super Bowl interview. That sit-down got a lot of attention, but the best news story to come out of it so far is how Obama and O'Reilly plan to raise $750K, together, for a wonderful cause.
After the highly anticipated interview was over, O'Reilly asked Obama if he would sign his research notes so that they could sell them and donate all the money to charity. Obama named the Fisher House Foundation as the sole recipient.
A Fisher House "is 'a home away from home' for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available."
Currently there are over 53 Fisher Houses, with 12 more in the design stage. Each house has from 8 to 21 suites, and in 2010, 12,000 families stayed in the Fisher Homes, saving an estimated combined total of $17 million in lodging costs, food, and transportation fees. The Houses are donated to the US government by this not-for-profit foundation, and are operated by salaried managers and volunteers.
O'Reilly is selling copies of his notes with his signature and Obama's in exchange for a $500 donation to the charity. Since the Super Bowl, $750,000 has been raised, and O'Reilly is hoping to cross the $1 million mark in the near future.
What a wonderful use of celebrity, and what a wonderful cause. It's just all so wonderful. Since the Fisher House Foundation was started in 1990, over 142,000 military families have been served. Here's to more success for a great cause.
If you'd like to purchase O'Reilly's notes for the Fisher House, click here.
Do you have any experience with the Fisher House Foundation? What do you think of Obama and O'Reilly teaming up?
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