Bill O’Reilly’s crack research team failed him again, apparently. On his show, he was outraged that when they held the 50th anniversary celebration for the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s famous I Have a Dream Speech, they didn’t invite any Republicans:
On the August 28 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly hosted Democratic strategist James Carville to discuss the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. During the discussion, O’Reilly complained that President George W. Bush was not invited to speak. O’Reilly later claimed that “[n]o Republicans and no conservatives were invited.” O’Reilly went on to respond to Rep. John Lewis’ statement that “we’re all in the same boat” by asking “Where’s the conservative side to that boat?”
Turns out that a whole bunch of Republican leaders were invited, but all declined to show up. The two former Bush presidents declined for health reasons, which is reasonable given that the elder is in very poor health and the younger one just had heart surgery. But the two House leaders:
House Speaker John Boehner was invited to participate, but with Congress – and Boehner — out of town on recess this week, he chose to speak at the congressional ceremony marking the 50th anniversary last month. Boehner’s office also points out that House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also spoke at that ceremony but weren’t in attendance today.
The office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., released this statement: “Our press office was sent a request to speak 12 days ago. The Leader is travelling in North Dakota and Ohio today. But I do point you to a piece he wrote for Yahoo yesterday.”
The boat sailed without them when they refused to board.