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. Mike

    Beck is the scum of the earth. Even his apology was still a shot at the President. He's disgusting.

    May 29, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Shirley

    Children should never be mocked regardless of who they are. It's a form of bullying. In this case consider the source.

    May 29, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. mk

    Glenn Beck is a disgusting POS. He can apologize all he wants but he will remain a POS LUNATIC. Print that.

    May 29, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Ruty

    Why does anyone listen to Glenn Beck on TV or Radio is beyond me!!!!This moron is without a doubt insane. I'm thinking only people just like him listen to him.

    May 29, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. mamacoo

    It was not a stupid mistake. Glen Beck knew exactly what he was doing. He could care less about the President and his family. He is such a big man to mock an 11 year old. No, it wasn't a mistake it was ignorance and hate. But it shows Glen Beck for exactly the person he is. His appology is useless because his hate is out there and the people who hang on to his every word will relish what he said. Glen Beck is a pitiful excuse for an American.

    May 29, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. Mike

    Glenn Beck is an honorable man and what he said was not really that bad considering what has been said about Conservatives children like Governor Palin. Beck only wants to return this country to its roots and strongly believes in fiscal responsibility which this administration and the liberal demorats know nothing about. We cannot afford the remainder of obamas term but hopefully this country can hang on until 2012 to send him packing back to Illinois,china,iran or what ever place he wants to live. Obviously nobama has no love for this country.

    May 29, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Dave S

    Just incredible; what can we do to stop/shut down these Fox guys? How unamerican! How. base! Disgusting. Beck should resign and go live with his kind in a cave.

    May 29, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Sparky

    Everything that comes out of this dirtbag's suck is poison.....yet there's still those that listen

    May 29, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. leonard

    i also have a rule to keep children outta beck's business

    May 29, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. FactCheck

    Ha, yeah right. He meant every word of it and figures that the publicity ought to boost his ever sagging ratings. Next week, he's going to go after rape victims and Down's syndrome kids.

    May 29, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Chris G

    The most disturbing thing about this article is that Glenn Beck has reproduced.

    May 29, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. James Cochran

    Beck finally admitted a mistake. He is always like other "FUNDAMENTALIST" talk show hosts "entertains" the truth to propagate his own agenda. The country is deeply divided mainly because of people like him. It is so disgusting to see people follow & support his utterances. Wake up America, you deserve better. God bless this great nation.

    May 29, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Beck needs to appologize for Beck. The guy is a disgrace. It is not just about the comment on Obamas kid. Every time Beck opens his trash talking mouth garbage spews out like oil from the well in the gulf. I hope is is remorseful for ALL the junk he has spit out and that he is off in a corner sobbing and crying to himself over what he has done. He is a devisive, loud mouth counter productive force.

    May 29, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. Choice that matters

    Poeple actually listen to this guy. Who is he fooling. He will do this sort of thing again. He is no different from the Hannitys, Limbaughs, and Savages in the world. Sad we have this sort of thing out there polluting our airwaives.

    May 29, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. BoPup

    This isn't new with Beck. What do you expect from a racist biggot who rakes in money from hate speech?

    May 29, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. ariveria

    since beck is a pathological liar i dont believe him

    on the other hand when is beck going to stop trying to destroy the good ole us of a.

    May 29, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. mms55

    if someone did this to sarah palin he would be on air in tears.i just don't understand how anyone watches his show or listens to his radio show.this guy is such a creep,and his buddy billy boy makes me want to puke every time i see his face! UGH!

    May 29, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Richard

    Why do all of the conservative whack jobs get away with this sort of thing? All they have to do is say sorry and all is forgotten. God forbid a liberal would make any comment similar to this, the Palins of the world would attack relentlessly. We need some people on the left to start fighting back and take it to these moronic ignorant talking heads. Of course the media will give Beck a free pass and next week he will say something else repulsive and again be forgiven. What is our society coming to? The press in this country is failing us yet again, not holding anyone accountable, just attacking the democrats for actually governing. It never changes...

    May 29, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. Ted

    I don't get it! Why would any decent American listen to what Beck has to say. He is a total fool and the people who listen to him are fools themselves. He and his radio, right wing talking heads have been instrumental in stirring up the under belly of racism and for what, ratings?

    May 29, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Laurie

    What a reprehensive lunatic this creep is. His fellow FOX News contributor, Sarah Palin, the queen of using her children as props, was just on his radio show complaining about her new neighbor having his deck right over little Piper's bedroom. Mr. Beck expressed exaggerated outrage along with his esteemed guest and stated emphatically that families need to be left alone. His mistake lasted five minutes while he and his brainless sidekick poked "fun" about the President and his daughter. You are a dirtbag Mr. Beck. I don't know who is listening to your radio show, but I am glad that I do not know them. Repulsive beyond words.

    May 29, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. phoenix86

    No need to apologize, liberals do this all the time.

    May 29, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Sylvia

    Glenn Beck is an idiot!!

    May 29, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. Carl Stanton

    Beck, you are an jerk! I can't beleave people watch and listen to your B.S. The people who follow you as must be deranged. You've made more than enough money for several hundred families to live on. Retire, and count it....

    May 29, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. AZ Senior

    Beck should apologize for many remarks he has made. He is a hate monger and a large contributor to the toxic environment we have in politics today.

    May 29, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. emma

    The stuff that comes out of his foul mouth! He is so mentally disadvantaged.

    May 29, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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