O'Reilly slams Bachmann for 'trivial' criticisms of President Obama In a rare attack on a fellow conservative, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly tonight criticized Rep. Michelle Bachmann for "playing small ball" in her recent attack on the perks President Barack Obama enjoyed in the White House. At last week's Conservative Political Action Conference, Bachmann had criticized Obama for using tax payer money to fund "a lifestyle of excess" -- including "five chefs on Air Force One... two projectionists who operate the White House movie theater... and someone to walk the President's dog." When asked about those criticisms by CNN's Dana Bash -- who pointed out that President Obama did not have a dog-walker -- Rep. Bachmann dodged the questions and spoke instead about the attacks in Benghazi, Libya. O'Reilly said Obama was "entitled to protection, convenience and comfort" and that Bachmann was engaged in "a trivial pursuit." "We wanted to ask Congresswoman Bachmann about the fracas, but she didn't want to talk about it, even though this program has been fair to her always. So we did ask her spokesman, Da Kotman, if we could call him about questions, the congressman's analysis, after we checked it out. He said, 'Don't.' Don't call him," O'Reilly said on tonight's program. "He referred us to a book called 'Presidential Perks Gone Royal.' Apparently that's a book Ms. Bachmann used for her comments about the president's lifestyle." "Now, this would be much ado about nothing, if not for the fact that trivial attacks on President Obama are obscuring serious problems in this country," O'Reilly continued. "Does the president live well in the White House? Yes he does. Is there money wasted there? You bet there is. But every other president in history has lived in comfort, and it looks like President Bush the younger had a bigger White House budget than Barack Obama does." "This is a trivial pursuit, and Michelle Bachmann made a mistake pursuing it," O'Reilly said. "With the nation now owing close to $17 trillion, I wish the president were more like Pope Francis, who as a cardinal in Argentina rejected all the lavish perks. But Mr. Obama is entitled to protection, convenience, and comfort as he runs the nation."