So Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart had a debate on The O'Reilly Factor about whether it was appropriate that the rapper Common (Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr.) was invited to the White House for a poetry event last week -- and everyone's talking about it. Should they be? Let's be real. Stewart is a comedian and O'Reilly is a performer. Maybe Kim Kardashian and LiLo should have debated the issue?
But let's assume, for a minute, that we're taking these guys -- and their opinions on matters of such "importance" -- seriously.
Who makes the better argument?
Stewart says Common -- who wrote a song defending convicted cop killer and member of the Black Liberation Army Assata Shakur -- belonged at the White House because he wasn't honoring a cop killer, he was honoring someone he believed was wrongly convicted. O'Reilly says Common shouldn't have been invited to the poetry event in question because Common is a black rapper and -- oh right, O'Reilly hates the Obamas.
When a President invites someone -- in this case, the First Lady invites someone -- the resume has to be put in front of them. and they have to select people who are almost unimpeachable, all right, because they are getting that honor to go to the White House. This guy is controversial all day long with this stuff.
The resume has to be put in front of them? They have to select people who are unimpeachable?
Dude, have you ever taken a look at the White House visitor log? Presidents have a long history of hosting singers -- and other low-lifes -- with some pretty impeachable resumes.
John F. Kennedy hung with that dirty Rat Packer and alleged mafioso Frank Sinatra.
Elvis visits Richard Nixon in 1970, and is made a "Federal Agent-at-Large" in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Anyone see the irony here?
Ronald Reagan shares a laugh with heroin addict and parolee Ray Charles.
Oh, hey, there's Richard Nixon again. This time with outlaw (arrested 7 times for misdemeanors) and prescription-drug-addicted bad boy Johnny Cash.
George Bush Sr. welcomes accused pedophile Michael Jackson to the White House.
George W. Bush honored George Jones, an alcoholic arrested for DUI (fortunately no one was killed) who was also arrested for beating, choking, and battering wife Tammy Wynette.
Common doesn't seem to have a criminal record, any history of using drugs or alcohol illegally or any history of hurting women or children. Instead he's a talented guy who sings and says what he believes, which, apparently in O'Reilly's America, is an impeachable offense.