Inside the Mind of Glenn Beck
The conservative commentator's attack on President Obama's oldest daughter was inexcusable, but it's the other stuff in his rant that is revealing.
Does Glenn Beck have any shame? He'd like for us to think he does because the conservative host quickly apologized for making fun of President Barack Obama's 11-year-old daughter Malia on his radio show last week. For about four minutes, Beck and co-host Pat Gray pretended to be the president and his daughter. Speaking in a little-girl voice, Beck played Malia while Gray was Obama.
They imagined President Obama's conversation with his daughter after he told reporters during a press conference that Malia had asked him if he had stopped the oil leak. (Transcript courtesy of Mediaite.)
GLENN BECK: (imitating Malia): Daddy? Daddy? Daddy, did you plug the hole yet? Daddy?
PAT GRAY: (co-host) (imitating Obama): No I didn't, honey.
BECK: (imitating Malia): Daddy, I know you're better than [unintelligible]
GRAY: (imitating Obama): Mm-hmm, big country.
BECK: (imitating Malia): And I was wondering if you've plugged that hole yet.
GRAY: (imitating Obama): Honey, not yet.
BECK: (imitating Malia): Why not, daddy? But daddy--
GRAY: (imitating Obama): Not time yet, honey. Hasn't done enough damage.
Beck has just suggested that the president can benefit politically by letting the oil continue to escape--or worse, may be holding back a solution for cynical purposes. That is quite an indictment, but there's more.
A few seconds later, Beck switches topics.
BECK: (imitating Malia) Why do you hate black people so much?
GRAY: (imitating Obama) I'm part white, honey.
BECK: (imitating Malia) What?
GRAY: (imitating Obama) What?