Conservative Fox News host Eric Bolling apparently doesn’t approve of some of the people President Obama has invited to the White House. Reacting to a recent visit by Gabon president Ali Bongo Odimba, he said in a June 10 broadcast, “Guess who’s coming to dinner? A dictator. It’s not the first time he’s had a hoodlum in the hizzouse.”
Then, after cutting to a photograph of the rapper Common, whose participation in a cultural event at the White House in May drew criticisms from conservatives, Bolling asked, “So what’s with all the hoods in the hizzy?”
Bolling is entitled to his opinion. After all, Odimba has been accused of human rights abuses and being corrupt, and Common has drawn criticism for old lyrics about killing policemen and burning former President George W. Bush. But is that any way to talk about a sitting commander-in-chief?
This week, Bolling was forced to offer an apology.
“One editorial note. On Friday, we did a story about the president meeting with the president of Gabon,” he said in a Monday broadcast. “We got a little fast and loose with the language and we know it’s been interpreted as being disrespectful, and for that, I’m sorry.”
But according to Media Matters, Bolling has a long history of making false claims and racially charged remarks. In May, he accused Obama of “chugging a few 40s” in Ireland instead of focusing on the disaster in Joplin, Missouri. In April, he said that Obama’s budget proposal might make sense in Kenya, but wouldn’t fly in the United States. That same month, he speculated that the long-form birth certificate that the president released to shut down Donald Trump and other birther theories, had been photoshopped.
The list goes on, as most likely will the number of apologies that the Obamas will receive during their time in the public spotlight.
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