Bill O’Reilly Tells Interviewer ‘I Have More Power Than Anybody Other Than the President’

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The Fox News host claims he has more power to create change than President Obama.

When it comes to effecting change in America, there's President Obama, there's Bill O'Reilly and then there's everyone else.

At least that's according to the Fox News host in a new interview in Newsweek magazine. While promoting his new book Killing Lincoln, O'Reilly told his interviewer, "I have more power than anybody other than the president, in the sense that I can get things changed, quickly." O'Reilly elaborates, "I don't have to go through the legislative process; I don't have to do any of that. I can just bring it to the people, and say, look, this has gotta be dealt with."

But President Obama probably shouldn't worry too much about the TV newsman showing him up. O'Reilly admits that he likes the president. "I agree with the 70 percent of Americans who like him," he says. However, O'Reilly does predict the president will lose his re-election.

As for Glenn Beck, O'Reilly admits he warned his former Fox News colleague against evangelizing during their recent tour together. "I think he’s a sincere, good guy. I would say to him, 'Don't be Elmer Gantry; don't do that' --- because sometimes he would. He really believes that it's his mission to spread a certain point of view on spirituality."

O'Reilly also reveals that he can see himself retiring from his show, The O'Reilly Factor, quickly if the audience begins to dwindle. "There are projects that, if Killing Lincoln is successful, we’ll go into. I’m not addicted to the tube."