May 29th, 2010
04:04 PM ET
5 years ago

Beck apologizes for mocking Obama's daughter

Beck said he should not have included Obama's daughter in a political debate.
Beck said he should not have included Obama's daughter in a political debate.

(CNN) – Conservative talk-show host Glenn Beck apologized Friday after appearing to mock President Barack Obama’s 11-year-old daughter on his radio program earlier in the day.

In a statement posted on his website Friday afternoon, Beck said he broke his own rule about “leaving kids out of political debates.”

“In discussing how President Obama uses children to shield himself from criticism, I broke my own rule about leaving kids out of political debates,” said Beck in the statement. “The children of public figures should be left on the sidelines. It was a stupid mistake and I apologize–and as a dad I should have known better.”

Beck’s apology came hours after the radio host and his sidekicks imitated a pretend conversation between the president and Malia, in which Beck has his version of 11-year-old ask a series of questions that included “Daddy…why do you hate black people so much?”

Beck’s routine was prompted by a remark Obama made in his press conference Thursday, in which he said Malia had asked him earlier in the morning of the BP oil spill, "Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?"

"Is that's their - that's the level of their education, that they're coming to - they're coming to daddy and saying 'Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?' Plug the hole!" said Beck of Malia's comments.

The White House has not responded to Beck’s comments.


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  1. Barbara Caniff

    When someone like Glen Beck says something, hou just have to consider the source. He is just like all the rest of the Fox team – ignorant.

    May 29, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. Tony in Maine

    Glenn Beck is a deranged Rush Limbaugh, which does not mean I think Limbaugh is anything more than a venal gasbag.

    May 29, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. dont worry

    beck is scum as usual

    May 29, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. jim

    at least he apologized. however. the whole deal doesn't address the ongoing innuendo types of arguments the conservatives have been using ... no facts of any kind, no logical reasoning, and regularly using escalating language.

    when will the republicans start being part of the solution instead of being part of the problem.

    May 29, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. Mike in New Orleans

    Why should Beck apologize? His comment is a perfect reflection of the current Republican party, the Tea Baggers, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and the millions of blind lemmings who worship them.

    May 29, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. nate jacksonville fl

    Wow Beck is sick.

    May 29, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. Indy

    Beck, Limbaugh, Palin are all scumbags and so is anyone that would listen to their garbage. There are obviously people that are stupid enough to listen and make them filthly stinking rich and that is a very sad statement on America. This only proves that you can become rich and powerful by hanging around with the satan and spreading hate.

    May 29, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Bill

    Glen Beck: Just the rantings of a drunk racist who has fallen off the wagon again

    May 29, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. brian in denver

    Mr. Beck is a self-serving ex comedian laughing his way to the bank. He's a jerk & the best way for him to apologize would be to end his vitriolic talk show & vanish into obscurity.

    May 29, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Henry Miller, lib and PHD (in dance) is an idiot

    "Daddy, how can i retire rich if i decide not to get a college degree and want to drink my face off through a large part of my life?" . "you just need to whine and complain alot about things you know absolutely nothing about and then get a whole bunch of mis-informed right wing nut jobs to support you as they displace their own short comings through you."

    a conversation between glenn beck and his kids

    ps i saw a video last year where he was almost crying in hysterics regarding inflation and that by now we would be consumed by it (still waiting for that one). again, this man knows nothing about too many subjects to be the hero to the truely stupid.

    May 29, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. Jason

    I think Beck needs to apologize for his existence.

    May 29, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. EA

    Glen Beck is a joke. or the life of me, I can't see who his audience consists of. I mean really? Who would listen to such garbage? Utter crap is spewed daily and as Glenn collects millions per year, the gulible sheep who eat up his crap are probably not so lucky. VILE little man he is.

    May 29, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. scott from MICH

    Beck is a racist and has no class. So now HE can say whatever and just apologize? This guy is gutless

    May 29, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. Gordy

    What do you expect from a coke freak like Beck? He's always been an idiot and always will be.

    May 29, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. Cathy

    Why is he saying he is sorry–this is the trash he always babbles about–seems par for course for him. He's an idiot!

    May 29, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. chris

    Beck is sorry for mocking an 11 year old girl, but is not sorry for his racist comments. This man is just despicable.

    May 29, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. hypocrites_are_everywhere

    Glenn Beck ain't dumb. His followers are!

    May 29, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. marcus (seattle)

    i'd prefer glen beck's mother apologize for not having had an abortion.

    May 29, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Dan

    Someone should "plug" Glen Beck.

    May 29, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Willy Brown

    I thought it was funny

    May 29, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Glen Beck is an alcholic, an idiot and a racist all neatly rapped up in the American flag. He has no idea how to defend this great country, he only knows how to destroy it. Typical white trash American citizen.

    May 29, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Ridgeway

    Who cares? Big deal.
    Hey, I like the picture of Obama picking up tar balls on the beach. Nice photo op. Now he needs to make them into a cross like Clinton did at Normandy.
    I have been to Normandy and there are no big rocks lying around to make a cross with but I guess Bill's boys dropped a few off ahead of time. Like a message stuck in the Wailing Wall? I wonder if those are really tar balls or just more liberal scat?

    May 29, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Elaine

    Glen Beck shouls apologize for only one thing...EXISTING!

    May 29, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Marlene

    In his apology, Mr. Beck still slights the President's children, "uses children to shield himself", then says "as a Dad I should have known better". So Mr. Beck uses his children as an excuse. Beck's routine, implies that his show is entertainment, what a joke! Marlene in Mich

    May 29, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. Richie

    Glenn Beck's whole life is one big stupid mistake.

    May 29, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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