*Bill O’Reilly is putting the notes from his Super Bowl interview with President Barack Obama up for auction, suggesting someone should have the chance to own a piece of “journalistic history.”
The Fox News host announced on his program Monday that his handwritten notes from the interview, signed by both him and Obama, were up for auction – with the starting bid at $10,000. The proceeds will benefit the Fischer House, a charity that helps the families of severely wounded veterans. He acknowledged that Obama has been a “tremendous help” in raising money for wounded vets.
If $10,000 is too steep, O’Reilly said for a donation $25 or more to the Fisher House, people will receive a replica copy of the notes.
Not to be outdone, Steven Colbert – fresh from his appearance at the White House State Dinner, where he was seated next to First Lady Michelle Obama – is auctioning off the microwave oven he claimed to have stolen from O’Reilly’s green room during his appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” in 2007. [Scroll down to watch.]
Colbert said on his “Comedy Central” show “The Colbert Report” Wednesday, “I was going to take Bill’s cue and open the bidding at $10,000, but after a little research on eBay microwaves I found out most six-year-old microwaves go for about 40 bucks. However, this one was used by Bill himself, so we will start the bidding at 43 dollars – which is a bargain when you consider the keypad on this thing contains more words than Bill’s entire interview notes.”
Colbert is giving his auction money to the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which helps injured service members and their families.
Bidding on O’Reilly’s notes ends March 1. As of 6:45 AM PT today, the current bid on O’Reilly’s web site, where people can place bids, stands at $30,000. Bidding on Colbert’s microwave ends February 22. As of 6:45 AM PT, bidding for Colbert’s microwave stood at $85,100.