Barack Obama, Bill O’Reilly Raise $750K For Charity

By Alex Weprin Comment

In your unusual charity pairing of the week, Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly and President Barack Obama teamed up to raise nearly $750,000 for the Fisher House Foundation, a  charity which supports military families.

How did this come to be? Reuters has the details:

Heading into his pre-Super Bowl interview with Obama — the second time O’Reilly had grilled the president — the commentator thought his notes might have some future value.

After the end of their televised talk, which at times put the two at odds, O’Reilly asked Obama if he would sign his research notes as long as O’Reilly used the document and signature to raise money for a charitable cause…

The president agreed and suggested O’Reilly give the money to Fisher House, a non-profit group that builds and maintains “comfort homes” on the grounds of U.S. military medical centers where families stay while their loved ones are being treated.

Fisher House seems to be a favorite of cable news personalities. Back in 2007 CNN raised $1 million for the organization by selling “Warrior One,” the Hummer that was used by the network in Iraq.