Actor Rob Lowe and Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly had a moment Monday night on the "Killing Kennedy" red carpet at the Newseum in Washington. And afterward, Lowe went on to tell everyone about it.
"I actually realize that tonight will be the end of my career because I did take a photo on the red carpet with Bill O'Reilly," Lowe told the crowd. "So, Bill, I know you've got a big contract over there, when I'm indigent, I'm coming to you and my hand will be out," the actor said of O'Reilly's Fox News status.
Lowe is starring in the film "Killing Kennedy," an adaptation of O'Reilly's best-selling book, which will premiere on the National Geographic channel on Nov. 10. The two's collegial relationship is not really a surprise as Lowe, like O'Reilly, tends to tread more to the political center than many of his Hollywood peers, and O'Reilly clearly aligns himself to the right of most television personalities. Additionally, Lowe's son Matthew interned in 2011 for Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.
The former "West Wing" star has spent plenty of time in the District and even gave "this town" his two cents at the premiere.
"I think that it is merely a moment in a cycle that always fixes itself and good things always come out of chaos and pain," Lowe encouraged the crowd. "And we're in that moment and I don't know what the upshot is going to be, but I know it will be good."
Lowe told Whispers that "on some level" his time spent in Washington playing Sam Seaborn in the long-running NBC show about working behind the scenes in a fictional White House also assisted in his portrayal of the 35th president of the United States. (It also allowed him to meet presidents in the flesh.)
"When you've seen what it's like to be part of a campaign, to run a campaign, what our leaders really go through on a daily basis – which we learned from the show – it definitely helps when it's your turn to be behind the desk, instead of in front of it," Lowe said.
As far as how a Kennedy presidency would translate today, Lowe was unsure if a politician like JFK could even get elected, but noted it would be good if he could. "I think he would be great and very needed because he was a moderate and he was very pragmatic and he was able to find consensus a lot, and he inspired people," Lowe said.
O'Reilly, who researched JFK extensively to write his book, was more optimistic, saying he might even consider voting, hypothetically, for a Democratic politician like Kennedy. "It depends on what his positions were," O'Reilly said, explaining that, even though JFK got off to a rocky start, by the end of Kennedy's nearly three years in office, he was a good president.
"I think glamour transcends," O'Reilly told Whispers. "JFK was the most glamorous president America has had by far and so if he were in the arena today, I think he'd do very well."