Watch: O’Reilly Says “Slaves Who Built White House Were Well Fed and Had Decent Lodgings”

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On Tuesday, commentators fact checked Michelle Obama’s remark about the White House being built with slave labor.

Bill O’Reilly stated that the slaves that did work on the White House were “well-fed” with “decent lodgings.”

“Slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802,” said O’Reilly on his show Tuesday evening. “However, the feds did not forbid subcontractors from using slave labor. So, Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working as well.”

Here are O’Reilly’s full remarks:

“…Michelle Obama referenced slaves building the White House in referring to the evolution of America in a positive way. It was a positive comment. The history behind her remark is fascinating. George Washington selected the site in 1791, and as president laid the cornerstone in 1792. Washington was then running the country out of Philadelphia.

“Slaves did participate in the construction of the White House. Records show about 400 payments made to slave masters between 1795 and 1801. In addition, free blacks, whites, and immigrants also worked on the massive building. There were no illegal immigrants at that time. If you could make it here, you could stay here.

“In 1800, President John Adams took up residence in what was then called the Executive Mansion. It was only later on they named it the White House. But Adams was in there with Abigail, and they were still hammering nails, the construction was still going on.

“Slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802. However, the feds did not forbid subcontractors from using slave labor. So, Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working as well.”

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Does O’Reilly think anyone would enjoy being kidnapped, shackled, sold and sent into permanent slavery thousands of miles from their family so long as they were “well-fed and decently-lodged”?

  2. What exactly are the Obama’s doing for the slavery that is going on NOW in the world.
    The answer is NOTHING. They are only here to bash the USA.
    Let’s see her taking the millions she spends on clothing and vacations and give them to the poor blacks.

  3. Found this not very surprising quote from Abigail Adams on how the slaves who built the White House were treated:

    ““The effects of Slavery are visible every where; and I have amused myself from day to day in looking at the labour of 12 negroes from my window, who are employd with four small Horse Carts to remove some dirt in front of the house. the four carts are all loaded at the same time, and whilst four carry this rubish about half a mile, the remaining eight rest upon their Shovels, Two of our hardy N England men would do as much work in a day as the whole 12, but it is true Republicanism that drive the Slaves half fed, and destitute of cloathing, or fit for [Mayfa]re, to labour, whilst the owner waches about Idle, tho his one Slave is all the property he can boast, Such is the case of many of the inhabitants of this place.”

    Abigail Adams was an eyewitness. O’Reilly just makes stuff up.

    And in case you say I am making this up, here you can see it yourself at the US National Archives:

    http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/99-03-02-0799

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