• With: D.L. Hughley

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    O'REILLY: "Personal Story" segment tonight. If President Obama loses the election, there will be many, many disappointed people in the show business community.

    Perhaps, the most disappointed of all will be comedian D.L. Hughley, who does not like Mitt Romney. I spoke with Mr. Hughley last night.


    So, first up, why don't you tell me what your beef is with Mitt Romney.

    D.L. HUGHLEY, ACTOR AND COMEDIAN: I think he is kind of smug and arrogant. And I just don't think he should be president.


    O'REILLY: But you don't like him you said.

    HUGHLEY: I don't like him.

    O'REILLY: Why.

    HUGHLEY: There is a distinction between his qualification to be president which, I think, if the economy is what the American people are fixated on and, I think a large percentage of them are, obviously, he has a level of business acumen that would probably addresses a lot of that.

    But I just think he has, to me, what seems to be a disdain for people that he can't relate to, like the 47 percent.


    Anybody who says that to the people, the 47 percent, who are then going to serve them their food, either is clueless or never watched "The Help."

    I think those kinds of things, and meeting him, and hearing some of the things he has said has led me to believe that he's just kind of a little more distant or kind of lacks a lot of empathy.

    O'REILLY: If he wins, which he might --

    HUGHLEY: Right.

    O'REILLY: -- OK, would that change your opinion of the country.

    HUGHLEY: I think the country is -- has done a lot to, in my opinion, to make me believe that it upholds a lot of the tenets that it espouses, and a lot to make me believe that we have a lot further to go.

    So, I think that if he wins -- I'm used to presidents I don't like being presidents, so --

    O'REILLY: Would you be bitter though.

    HUGHLEY: No, I've been through enough things in life that there is not many things that, I would say, make me bitter.

    O'REILLY: All right. But you're not going to say --

    HUGHLEY: But I would say I'd be disappointed.

    O'REILLY: -- so, you're not going to pin it on racism if Romney wins.

    HUGHLEY: I think that there is an element in this country who despises the ideology and there is an element in this country who despises race.

    So, I don't know where the line exactly is or what percentage we can measure. If he loses, I think it has much to do with that first debate.


    I've been watching politics for a long time. I've never seen that level of -- I don't know what that was. I was like --

    O'REILLY: You're talking about President Obama and not the --

    HUGHLEY: -- the first debate. In terms of the way the first debate played out.


    I think that I knew that it was going badly. And I -- you know, I'm a comic so I can -- you can kind of sense when things are going badly and make an adjustment.

    I just kept waiting for the adjustment to happen, it didn't. And, I think, it changed the landscape of the election.

    The first debate for President Obama and the last debate for Romney had a smack of the same thing, two guys who were trying to be -- trying to be perceived a certain way.

    I think he wanted to protect his likeability and, I think, Romney, in the debate last night was kind of guilty of the same thing.

    O'REILLY: All right. Now, you told Joy Behar, my pal -- you know Joy and I are very close, that you thought Governor Romney treated the President like a servant.

    HUGHLEY: I did, very much so. I think there is a certain level of respect, regardless of whether you like someone or not, that is afforded to the Office of the Presidency.