By Mary C. Rydzeski
BRIAN'S OPENING THOUGHTS
Brian is underwhelmed with President Obama's speech yesterday. "He actually went out of his way to ridicule George Bush and the Iraq war!" Brian exclaimed. He is also flabbergasted by the fact Lois Lerner was allowed to go on leave and will continue to bring in a pay check!
Dr. Walid Phares, FOX News Terrorism and Mideast Expert and Advisor to the anti-Terrorism Caucus in the House of Representatives, sounded off on President Obama's speech yesterday and said he is misinforming the public on an array of issues!
"He tried to convince the public that there's no global war, it's just a couple thugs in each country and they call themselves al-Qaeda. I think these speech writers missed the point on that one."
Phares went on to call out the President regarding his position on the Arab Spring. "His position regarding the understanding of the Arab Spring, that one is strange," Phares exclaimed, "Al-Qaeda is getting much stronger in Libya, a third of Libya under their control."
The two are at it again! Brian did a simulcast with Stuart Varney on the FOX Business Network show, Varney & Co. The two discussed whether or not college athletes should get paid after the Electronic Arts video game "NCAA 2009" used Time Tebow's name in the game, which is strictly prohibited by NCAA regulations.
Harris Faulkner, anchor of FOX Report Weekend, weighed in on the President's speech yesterday. She said that the speech was "disturbing on a couple of levels." "The President is listening to the President," Faulkner exclaimed, "It's like he's talking to himself!" Faulkner said that Obama glazed over too many topics, like using the word "torture" without defining it to the public.
Chris Stirewalt, FOX News Digital Politics Editor, also weighed in on what was accomplished with President Obama's speech yesterday. He said that Obama "rattled the cages of Republicans like John McCain and Lindsey Graham." Stirewalt also weighed in on the IRS scandal, and whether or not playing for time is a good move in this case. "Just now putting Lois Lerner on administrative leave, that'd been a good move on day one," he exclaimed.
Col. Lee Ellis, former Vietnam POW and author of Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton, talked to Brian about the 40th anniversary celebration of returning to America after being POW's at the Nixon Library. When Brian asked Ellis to sum up the past 40 years he has been free, he said, "Any day if you have a handle on the inside of the door that you can open and go out, that's a great day... We just don't take anything for granted."
JAMES ROSEN, Chief Washington Correspondent and host of The Foxhole, weighed in on Benghazi and Chris Wallace's interview with Dan Pfeiffer on FOX News Sunday last week. Rosen explained that very little is known about the President's early conduct in the early hours of the Benghazi Attacks. However, when Pfeiffer was asked by Wallace about this, he repeatedly avoided the question and said his whereabouts are "not important."
Later, Brian asked Rosen about how he is holding up through everything. Rosen said, "I'm a blessed man, Brian. And among the many blessings I can count is your friendship. And so I appreciate you asking."