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Rosie O’Donnell: "This President invaded a sovereign nation in defiance of the UN. He is basically a war criminal. Honestly. He should be tried at The Hague. This man lied to the American public about the reasons for invading a nation that had nothing to do with 9/11. And as a Democrat, as a member of this democracy...I feel I have a responsibility to speak out, as does every other person who disagrees with this administration. And it’s scary in a country that you can say something against the President and then worry about your career. That Dan Rather gets taken off CBS News for writing, for saying a report that essentially was true, that George Bush did not show up–"

— Exchange on FNC’s At Large with Geraldo Rivera, April 30.
http://www.mrc.org/notablequotables/dishonor/06/award5.asp



Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will be getting a windfall from some highly visible members of the celebrity jet set for their presidential race.

Obama has won the support of Jennifer Aniston, Jackson Browne, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks, Dennis Haysbert, Tobey Maguire, Branford Marsalis, Eddie Murphy, Ed Norton, Ben Stiller and Gene Wilder, according to the national political journal the Hill.

Meanwhile, Clinton will be getting payouts from Candice Bergen, Christie Brinkley, Chevy Chase, Hugh Hefner, Christine Lahti, Marla Maples, Rosie O'Donnell, Jerry Springer and Barbra Streisand. O'Donnell also contributed to Bill Richardson's campaign.

Barry Manilow has contributed to both Obama and Clinton's campaigns.

Other presidential candidates have also lined up high-profile support. Michael Douglas is contributing to the campaigns of both Christopher Dodd and Bill Richardson. Dodd is also supported by Paul Newman, Paul Simon and Lorne Michaels, among others, while actor Seth Green, and Don Henley, formerly of the Eagles, are backing John Edwards.

Celebrities Line Up Cash For Obama, Clinton
Hefner Backs Clinton, Manilow Contributes To Both Campaigns
Apr 17, 2007 1:44 pm US/Central
http://cbs2chicago.com/local/Barack.Obama.Hillary.2.336457.html



Rosie O'Donnell - "Wait just one second. Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America [loud applause]."

— Exchange on ABC’s The View, September 12.
http://www.mrc.org/notablequotables/dishonor/07/award3.asp

 

In yet another provocative claim, TV host Rosie O'Donnell implied today the Iranian seizure of British sailors was a hoax to provide President Bush with an excuse to go to war with Tehran.

In a discussion about the 15 British personnel seized Friday for allegedly entering Iranian waters, the controversial co-host of ABC's "The View" correlated the event to the Gulf of Tonkin incident that propelled the U.S. into the Vietnam War. President Johnson's administration was accused of provoking one incident in 1964 in the Gulf of Tonkin and making up another as a pretext for war.

O'Donnell, according to the media watchdog Newsbusters, said: "But interesting with the British sailors, there were 15 British sailors and Marines who apparently went into Iranian waters and they were seized by the Iranians. And I have one thing to say: Gulf of Tonkin, Google it. Okay."

O'DONNELL: Yes, but it's very interesting too that, you know, these guys, they went into the water by mistake right at a time when British and American, you know, they're two, they're pretty much our biggest ally and we're considering whether or not we should go into war with Iran.

O'DONNELL: Right or it could be just the Gulf of Tonkin, which you should all Google.

As WND reported last week, O'Donnell implied the World Trade Center brought down deliberately on Sept. 11, 2001, for the purpose of eliminating records of government investigations into corporate fraud.

The previous week O'Donnell defended 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. During the March 15 broadcast of "The View," she suggested the U.S. government elicited a false confession from Mohammed by using torture, robbing him of his humanity and treating him like an animal.

A transcript of Mohammed's confession to 31 terrorist attacks had been released that day, but O'Donnell argued it came only after having a "hood on his head and being beaten to death."

"They didn't allow reporters there and he hasn't had a lawyer," the talk show host stated, insinuating the confession was coerced with no accountability.

I think the man has been under custody in secret CIA torture prisons and Guantanamo Bay where torture is accepted and allowed – and he finally is the guy who admits to doing everything," O'Donnell said. "They finally found the guy, it's not that guy bin Laden, it's this guy they've had since March 2003."

In November, O'Donnell told Hasselbeck in an exchange on "The View" that Americans shouldn't fear terrorists.

"Faith or fear, that's your choice," she said.

"You can walk through life believing in the goodness of the world, or walk through life afraid of anyone who thinks different than you and trying to convert them to your way of thinking."

Rosie: Captured Brits a hoax to provoke war Implies U.S. concocted 'Gulf of Tonkin' event as excuse to attack Iran
Posted: March 26, 2007 3:30 p.m. Eastern
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=54874



Rosie O’Donnell: “655,000 Iraqi civilians are dead. Who are the terrorists?”

O’Donnell: “I’m saying, if you were in Iraq, and another country, the United States, the richest in the world, invaded your country and killed 655,000 of your citizens, what would you call us?”

— Rosie O’Donnell on ABC’s The View, May 17, 2007. http://www.mediaresearch.org/notablequotables/dishonor/08/category/politicalgenius.asp



O'Donnell: "It is a disgrace. This administration (Bush) is a disgrace."

O'Donnell: "It's not democracy."

Behar: "That's right. I agree with that. I don't want add fuel to the fire, but I don't know what it's going to take for people to really wake up and understand that they are liars and they are murderers. I'm sorry."

Behar: "In addition to all of this, I don't understand how you can still support this administration. After the Katrina incident, after the incompetence that took place there, after the incompetence and the lying about this war- I don't understand it. I don't understand it, explain it to me, what is it that you still are backing them for? What?"

http://www.mrc.org/cyberalerts/2007/cyb20070301.asp#2



O'Donnell: "I thought it was interesting. I watched it when I got home on TiVo, you know, with the list fast forward button. But I thought it was interesting that he's talking about health care and, you know, where were these ideas six years ago, number one? And number two, had we not spent $800 billion invading Iraq, we could have fixed all the issues he spoke about in the first two hours."

O'Donnell: "I think it's interesting, too, that he wants to hail this hero in New York, who is obviously a great man, who saved a stranger's life. One man's life, worth it. But he sends 20,000 new Americans over to die in Iraq. What is the difference between-"

Behar: "But, yeah, I mean, if the country is against the surge, if the Congress is against the surge, are we going to call ourselves a democracy when the President makes the decisions without the people? It's not a democracy anymore."

O'Donnell: "You know what I think the Congress should do? And this, I'm sure, will make me in some sort of celebrity feud or AOL poll, but someone, I believe, should call for the impeachment of George Bush to let the world know-"

O'Donnell, after asking others to let her finish her point: "...I think we should do it so the world knows that the nation is not standing behind this President's choices, that the nation, a democracy, feels differently than the man who is leading as if it were a dictatorship, and that we represent this country, he does not lead as a monarch."

Behar: "Amen."

O'Donnell: "And that's what I think, even if he doesn't get impeached, that we should call on it to tell the world we are against his policies."

O'Donnell: "I'm saying someone should call for it to be in the history books. Someone should stand up and say, 'When democracy was dying, I, Senator, said I am against this, I am against what he is doing.'"

O'Donnell: "But to call for an impeachment is a political statement from the people they represent. Isn't there some Senator brave enough to stand up and say it?"

http://www.mrc.org/cyberalerts/2007/cyb20070125.asp#5



Rosie O’Donnell: “This President invaded a sovereign nation in defiance of the UN. He is basically a war criminal. Honestly. He should be tried at The Hague. This man lied to the American public about the reasons for invading a nation that had nothing to do with 9/11. And as a Democrat, as a member of this democracy...I feel I have a responsibility to speak out, as does every other person who disagrees with this administration. And it’s scary in a country that you can say something against the President and then worry about your career. That Dan Rather gets taken off CBS News for writing, for saying a report that essentially was true, that George Bush did not show up-”

FNC’s At Large with Geraldo Rivera, April 30
http://www.mediaresearch.org/notablequotables/2005/nq20050509.asp



"It will be the first time, except for prohibition, that bigotry has been added to the Constitution," O'Donnell said. "That the prevention of rights and exclusion of rights takes paramount over some religious ideology. And, supposedly, that is what we are fighting in Iraq -- A religious extreme government that is not letting people live freely."

POSTED: 12:13 pm EDT July 13, 2004 UPDATED: 4:53 pm EDT July 13, 2004
Rosie Takes Shot At Bush During Gay-Friendly Cruise
http://www.local6.com/news/3524501/detail.html



"I think the actions of the president are, in my opinion, the most vile and hateful words ever spoken by a sitting president. I am stunned, and I'm horrified,"

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004
'Vile' Bush Rings Wedding Bells for 'Horrified' Rosie O'Donnell
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/2/26/102807.shtml



Yes, and that the bad guys were winning, you know, that men could decide that it was alright to, everyone to have guns because they get to make money and own the gun companies and kill all the innocent kids and children and it's too bad and there's nothing we can do about it. And it was an overwhelmingly depressing thought to me, and I assumed everybody would think what I thought. I assumed every rational, logical person would say, 'Well, this is really bad. We have to do something to save our kids,' but not everyone did."

Good Morning America (August 9, 1996)




"I personally, Rosie O’Donnell, have always been a Democrat. I will always support the Democrats and I love the Democratic agenda about gun control. This is not about politics. We didn’t ask the people standing here before us whether or not they’re Republican or Democrat. We asked if they care about the fact four thousand children are shot dead every year, that 30,000 Americans are killed when a bullet enters their body...."

Interview with Cokie Roberts (May 2000)



"With the election less than three weeks away, I’m delighted that our first guest decided to pay us a visit. He’s received the support of the American Federation of Teachers, the National Association of Police Organizations, the AFL-CIO, Jim and Sarah Brady, the Sierra Club, and me."

"A lot has been said about what’s been done in the last eight years. A lot of good if you ask me."

"Public schools, and I couldn’t agree more. I think it will be the death of public education in America." - On school vouchers.

"I definitely think the last eight years the country has been a much better place than it had been in a long time."

"It is thrilling to have you here sir. I hope to see you in the White House come November. Thank you very, very much."

Rosie O'Donnell Show -O'Donnell on her guest Al Gore (October 20, 2000)




“Well, I think like every mother, every mother that I’ve spoken to, every day when I go to pick up my kids from school, every person I’ve spoken to has said they’re against this war, for basic reasons. It’s not 1940. There are nuclear weapons everywhere. If one goes off, it is the end of the world as we know it. It’s a different game than it was in World War II. And this is a preemptive strike. This is not the American way of life. This is not American values. When there are alternate means, when the UN, an organization that is set up to prevent World War III, is saying please follow these rules and we are saying, no, we won’t. Out like a cowboy alone. To me, it reminds me of where 12th graders in high school and there’s a third grader with a knife. And instead of a bunch of 12th graders going and taking the knife away, we’re going to kick the crap out of this third grader. Well, I don’t want any part of that. Not in my name....”

“We created the nuclear weapons and now all the other people have them, too. And we’re getting mad. Right. Guess who started the game? We did. We did.”

Phil Donahue Show (February 24, 2003)