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An Obama-Bibi double date?

Conservative pundit Bill O’Reilly makes a groundbreaking suggestion for Mideast peace in ‘debate’ with liberal funnyman Jon Stewart

Viewers of this season’s regular political debates are not likely to hear this proposal raised by the protagonists: A Barak and Michelle Obama/Bibi and Sara Netanyahu double-date to show US support for Israel.

But that’s what made Saturday’s political showdown atypical — along with the off-color language, the comic put-downs, and the fact that the participants were not politicians at all, but rather Bill O’Reilly, the conservative pundit and outspoken host of Fox’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” and Jon Stewart, the liberal (and Jewish) host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central.

The debate, dubbed the “Rumble In The Air-Conditioned Auditorium,” took place at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

When O’Reilly suggested the Obama-Netanyahu double date would send shivers up the spines of Iran’s ruling mullahs, Stewart suggested his opponent should be known as the “Secretary of Senility.”

Ticket prices for the pundits’ verbal punch-up ranged from $25 to $100, and the debate could be live-streamed to home computers for $4.95. Half of the net profits will be donated to a variety of charities, including the Wounded Warrior Project, Doctors Without Borders, and the NYC Coalition for the Homeless.

Stewart and O’Reilly discussed many of the issues being debated by this year’s presidential candidates, including Medicare, Social Security, the media, the role of government, and — of course — the Middle East.

They have traded barbs back and forth for the past several years on their respective television shows, and Stewart has appeared as a guest on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Nevertheless, the atmosphere in the auditorium was not as hostile as one might have expected. In his opening statement, a smiling Stewart genially remarked, “My friend Bill O’Reilly is completely full of sh*t.”

Stewart, 5 feet 6 inches tall, used a mechanical apparatus to hoist himself and cancel O’Reilly’s 10-inch height advantage.


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