February 5, 2014
President Barack Obama politely declined the title of “most liberal President in U.S. history” when asked by Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly if that is what he is. Obama magnanimously passed that honor off to another president, who was unable to refuse it, being dead now for the past 20 years.
“You know, the truth of the matter is, is that when you look at some of my policies, in a lot of ways, Richard Nixon was more — more liberal than I was,” Obama said during the interview, shown live in its first 10 minutes before the Super Bowl Sunday and recorded for broadcast in its entirety Monday night on The O’Reilly Factor.
Obama credited Nixon (shown on left) with creating the Environmental Protection Agency and “a whole lot of the regulatory state that has helped make our air and water clean.” O’Reilly expressed surprise at the choice of the Republican Nixon for a comparison. “I thought you were gonna say FDR,” he said.