Probably the best part of this Bill O'Reilly clip is the reactions on his guests' faces as he pipes up with this stuff.
"There's gotta be some downside to having a woman president, right? Something. Something that may not 'fit' with that office. Correct?"Oh, do go on. This ought to be good.
“There haven’t been that many strong women leaders throughout history. [...] But you know, when you’re President of the United States, you have to deal with people like Putin, you have got to deal real ornery mullahs in Iran—look, the mullahs in Iran, they think women are like subspecies.”Forget Iran, Republican legislatures throughout the various states think of women as a lesser subspecies. Bill O'Reilly has more than a little trouble with it himself from time to time. Being president means you have to deal with blowhards like Bill O'Reilly, and if you can do that without throttling him then you can probably deal with the likes of Vladimir Putin. (For starters, maybe you don't give him a what-you-think-of-clever nickname like "Put-put". Gawd.)
There are going to be a lot of people who have a problem with a woman president, whether it happens in two years or in twenty. Most of them, as it turns out, are going to be interviewed on Fox News, a network which we can expect to be asking this same "can a mere delicate woman possibly handle the difficult task of presidentin''" on every show before every election until it finally happens, and for four to eight years after that besides. Anyone who has been, say, a secretary of state probably has the chops to negotiate with foreign leaders; if there are Americans that have problems with the notion, you can't pin that one on the Iranian mullahs. They're not the ones piping up on American television with magic-based explanations of how the female body works, or explaining away various once-held rights of American women by explaining that pregnancy demotes them to "host" status.
We know the good people of the Fox Nation are going to have a difficult time reconciling themselves to the notion of a female president. It's 2014, and they can't restrain themselves from "asking the question" as it is.