May 29th, 2010
04:04 PM ET
8 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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soundoff (237 Responses)
  1. republicanhater1

    what a jerk !

    May 29, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. John Wilson, Racine, WI

    I fail to see the attraction to Beck, an ex coke-head, alcoholic [ex?] in the media.

    The fact that this wacko has children – at least he says he has – is real proof that their is no GOD!

    The bile, hatred and just pure slim pouring out of this cretin's mouth is just too much for any reasonably intelligent to be subject to: FOX actually pays him for this!

    May 29, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Eber

    this ignorant broke a rule of humanity, he should be put in a cage, extra-terrestrial like him ought to be in other dimension. He is moron, stupid,idiotic republican ,tea bag.

    May 29, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. ramtruck2500

    This guy is just sickening. I am really sick of the whiners and complain that he represents. Theres a lot that's good in our country and alot needed. If you dont understand the response the president used how would you have handled it differently. Complaining and whining bring nothing period. Go back and have tea bagging fun qith your bus – Glenn

    May 29, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. jim atmadison

    He won't lose a single viewer over this.

    Glenn Beck appeals to a hate-filled demographic that will be with us for at least one more generation. By the time my yet-to-be-born grandchildren can vote, most of these folks will have passed on, and the world will be a better place.

    May 29, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Texan

    What's taken him so long to acknolwdge making a stupid statement?
    Glen Beck is the epitome of what's wrong with America. His Hate Radio show does nothing to help restore "United" to the United States of America.

    May 29, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |

    It must be awful to realize just how much of an idiot you really are. Glen Beck has to be one of the most moronic Nazi loving people outside the History channel. Every other word out of his mouth is SS or Hitler, this guy is worst than any other right wing mouth piece

    May 29, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. Rebecca

    Glen Beck should apologize for every word he utters – he is nasty, evil, and dedicated to undermining America. But the most frightening aspect of all is that he has procreated! OMG!

    May 29, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Glenn Beck,
    Why do YOU hate Black people so much?
    If ignorance IS bliss, as they say, then Glenn must be one of the happiest people on the planet, maybe in the Universe.

    As a theoretical "professional," he knew the microphone was on, he knew it was in the skit, he chose the words and said them... Not that it's the end of the world, but he knew what he was doing and did it anyway.

    THEN he wants to apologize??? I don't think so!

    May 29, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. Casey Scott

    Beck IS a stupid mistake.

    May 29, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. JJ in NY

    At least Beck has the courage and integrity to admit mistakes.... unlike the hate merchants in the liberal/progressive camp .

    May 29, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Tom C in NY

    Beck – the foaming at the mouth, hate filled face of the Teabagger/Right Wing Republican Party. You just know that his racist, hate filled followers love it when he or Limbaugh, both of whom have helped lower political discourse into the sewer, attack Obama's wife and kids. They are all, collectively, a bunch of degenerate lowlives.

    May 29, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. CR

    Beck is a creep. Who in their right mind watches his junk?

    May 29, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. johnrj08

    If you listened to any of what Glenn Beck actually said on that program you would realize how much hatred and ignorance is swirling around inside his otherwise hollow cranium. The man must have a form of Tourette's, where the first thing that pops into his head jumps out of his mouth. There's no internal editing or self-limiting lack of certainty. Beck's putrid remarks about the President's daughter were nothing more than a reflection of his deep-seated hatred of Obama. Nothing is sacred. Nothing is in too poor taste. No comment is too vicious when it comes to ridiculing and attacking the President. Everything is fair-game, even children. Any other "performer" would have been fired by his radio station for the remarks Beck made. But Beck is shielded from consequences by his inexplicable ratings and popularity. The people who worship this man and have made him rich are just as morally corrupt and utterly brainless as he.

    May 29, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. bobby

    If you open your mouth and spew as much hatred as this guy. this kind of thing is bound to happen sooner or later! Grow up Glen and join the civil society

    May 29, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. debbie

    Glenn Beck owes no-one an apology for being an insensitive moron. He can't help it.

    May 29, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Liberal4Obama

    Glenn Beck is a sycophant.

    May 29, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Tanya

    Apology not accepted!

    May 29, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. bluebird

    Yeah Beck – how about apologizing for all of your other fear mongering remarks and "stupid mistakes".

    May 29, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. Bob Bobberson

    Just more proof that Beck seldom thinks before he speaks.

    As if we actually needed more proof of this fact.

    May 29, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. CathyinAZ

    I fail to see or understand why ANYONE listens to his radio show or watches his TV show. For someone who pretends to be a religious man, he does NOTHING but preach hate. I firmly believe he has lost his mind and this was another example. I would like to think FOX would cancel his program but then again its FOX where Mr. Beck is in good company among his fellow lunatics. HATE FILLED SPEECH, America should be so proud!
    Another shameful performance by a man who has clearly gone over the edge.

    May 29, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Q-Doog

    It is partly understandable that people have differing opinions, sometimes very strong and very different. But, when your opinions and comments are not enough to make your point and you start to attack children as a means of making your point and to demean, what are you? No apology, no matter how heartfelt, can unring that bell. Your mouth is the gateway to the center of your heart and if left open and unguarded will reveal the truth about you. Glenn Beck is revealed as a small minded, divisive and narcissistic man, who chooses to enlarge himself of the debris remaining when attacks those whom he thinks has no defense. Like a child rapist or pedifile, you have proven yourself as less then less. But, more importantly, what does this say about those who follow closely your footsteps.

    May 29, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. Go republicans go

    Glen.. don't apologize. Obama sucks


    May 29, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. Michael

    He's apologizing? thats a first, he says outrageous things and this is one of the most outrageous. I dont even bother with loosers like him, he probably knows he's full of trash but still talks it for the ratings

    May 29, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. Josh

    I am a conservative, and I DO NOT understand why anyone pays any attention to Glenn Beck. He is a know-nothing. On top of that, he is stupid. People like him give the entire conservative mindset a bad name. People like him make it impossible to listen to the ideas of conservatives because he is so stupid and outrageous. Die in a fire, Beck.

    May 29, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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