Arboreal Apocalypse 2012: O’Reilly and Gov. Chafee go head to head

A few days ago, we informed you that Bill O’Reilly was outraged at Governor Chafee’s ’75 P’14 decision to uphold the policies of the previous administration and call the Statehouse tree a holiday tree. Gov. Chafee also thwarted Bill’s plans to send protesters to the tree lighting yesterday by giving the good folk of Rhode Island 30 minutes notice before the ceremony.

Last night there was a five-minute “interview” with Governor Chafee on The O’Reilly Factor. Bill O’Reilly condemned Chafee for “making the American people unhappy during a season of joy,” and citing that a Holiday Tree has no tradition. He even went as far as to lecture the Governor on the history of Christmas trees (the history of Christmas trees could totally be like a class at Brown). At first, Chafee responded by saying that he was merely maintaining the policy of the previous Governor; it was not a controversy before, so why is Bill making it a controversy now? Well, Papa Bear Bill O’Reilly, of messin’-with-SPG fame, did not take kindly to that, and to be fair, that was a pretty weak comeback from the Governor. However, the second time Chafee was able to get a word in edgewise, he had a much more poignant point: Continue Reading