Bill O'Reilly Writes Ode to…Obama?

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, a regular critic of President Obama and other Democrats, has written an "unexpected and glowing tribute to the president's character" in Parade Magazine, Politico reports.

In a piece entitled "What President Obama Can Teach America's Kids," O'Reilly writes that Americans can learn from, among other things, the president's persistence.

"For example, in 2000, he lost his run for Congress in Illinois," O'Reilly writes. "He could have given up and gone into the private sector where high-salaried jobs awaited him. But he preferred public service. So, just four years later, he ran again, this time winning a U.S. Senate seat."

Staying away from politics, O'Reilly writes that Mr. Obama "has toughed it out and become one of history's great stories."

"What he has achieved in his 48 years is simply astounding," writes the Fox News host. "Consider the odds. The United States is a nation of more than 300 million citizens. Only one person is currently the Commander in Chief. That man had no fatherly guidance, is of mixed race, and had no family connections to guide him into the world of national politics."

He continues: "That adds up to one simple truth that every American child should be told: 'If Barack Obama can become the President of the United States, then whatever dream you may have can happen in your life.'"

More on the piece, which does not presently appear to be online, here.