04/30/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bill O'Reilly On Obama: "We Want Him To Succeed," "I Don't Think He's A Socialist"

Public opinion polls show that Obama still has tremendous popularity, even though Republicans and some Democrats are inveighing against the bailout and the budget and the stimulus. He still seems to have tremendous public support.

I don't know if it's as much about Barack Obama the man, because I think he is very likable and a brilliant guy, as it is about people's individual situations. I think that's why they're coming [to Fox News]. It's about them, not Barack Obama.

Do you want Obama to fail?

No. We want him to succeed. We want to persuade him that perhaps some of his policies are not going to help him succeed.

What about all this talk of socialism? Isn't that a little premature, since this bailout was started by the Bush administration?

I've never bought into the fact that Barack Obama is a socialist. I think he's a classic liberal that believes that big government can solve the problems of society, and he wants to redistribute income. I don't think he's a socialist. I don't think he wants to seize people's property. But I do think he's a classic committed liberal.

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