May 29th, 2010
04:04 PM ET
4 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. ThinkAgain

    I feel sorry for Beck's children that they have such a hateful ignoramous for a father.

    May 29, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Lynda

    This is a perfect example of why Glenn Beck should be considered a JOKE.
    He adds no value to the political debates. He is just being paid to be the FOOL.

    May 29, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Sgt. USMC

    Beck is a moron, his apology is fake. He has no remorse because he is a jelly fish.

    Someone needs to put a knuckle sandwich right in his big fat hole.

    stupid beckerhead.

    May 29, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Debbie from Arizona

    Beck's apology means nothing. This man has said such outrageous things, twisted facts and down right lied about so many things. If he apologized for every idiotic thing he has uttered, he would be apologizing for years. The fact that he made 32 million dollars last year spouting his "opinions" is sickening.

    May 29, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. JohninTampa

    I've made mistakes too in my 58 years. None serious against children, but then Beck has pressure, he needs to be blabbing all the time about something.

    May 29, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Seth

    Beck told his fans that he was a rodeo clown, I think that was a warning to his fan that they are idiot for following him, his excuse is he is making a boatload of money, but what's his fans excuse, uh, I am dumb?

    His attacks on children didn't offend me because I had already listed him in the sub-human class, no surprise there.

    May 29, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. John in AZ

    Ha. When you read the headline "Beck apologizes for mistake," did anyone else think: "Which one??!!" :)

    May 29, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. art in kingwood

    Obama injected his daughter into what is really a political action. If Mr. Obama doesn't want his daughter caught up in the fight then he needs to keep his mouth the hell shut.

    May 29, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. Lisa

    When you spew hate, lies and bigotry you will direct it at anybody to get ratings.

    People who are listening to Beck need to think for themselves and stop being lazy and ignorant.

    May 29, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Stephen

    Mr. Beck is a self-serving, destructive, monster. His presence every day on the radio/TV increases hate all across America.

    I urge everyone to boycott anything having to do with Mr. Beck's broadcast networks and advertising sponsors who all agree and endorse with his beliefs, behavior and policies.

    May 29, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. Guest

    Poor comment.... But good that he apologized.... But it was bad that he had to bring in the Kids.... Kids are kids and atleast she had the concern to ask about the oil spill.....

    May 29, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. joseph cool

    another hater monger sticks his foot in his mouth, what a surprise. Beck is a third rate hate monger at best. The world wouldn't skip a beat if these losers offed themselves today.

    May 29, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. Sbulcroft

    Someone should plug the hole in Beck's mouth. He's acts like a tweaker on steroids.

    May 29, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Don

    He should be sorry, something like this should end his career.

    May 29, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. lifelongnashvillian

    You would have to be an absolute and total moron to even listen to or watch anything to do with glenn beck. He is a "TOOL".

    May 29, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Jim

    When did everyone get so ignorant. If Glen or anyone can't make their political point without attacking people's children ( and that is anyone's children period) then maybe they should be looking for a new job. It was stupid and ignorant and basically does nothing to advance the deabte about ideas. Of course none of these people from Beck to Keith Oberman to Limbaugh do anything to advance debate. It's show business and it's making them rich. Anyone who thinks any of these people actually care needs their head's examined! Yeah, they care! They care about how much money they make and the perks of celebrity.

    May 29, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. gayle

    I guess there is no level that is too low to go for Beck. And if she had said something more sophisticated, he would be screaming about the over-educated liberal elites.

    May 29, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. American

    Now thats what I call unyeilding stupidity. Poor glen .

    May 29, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. Sandy

    Beck is an idiot!!!

    May 29, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. cgc

    Typical Beck.... who really watches this guy?

    May 29, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. pat

    glen beck is an evil,twisted man and acts such as this should be stopped by fox news. more twisted than beck are the listeners that believe this garbage and bile that flows from this sicko's mouth.
    fox, beck,palin.hannity and limbaugh have set this country back fifty years in racial relations,thanks to mccain unleashing the most vile name calling ignorant ranter i have ever seen when he chose without vetting, palin for his running mate. she is an embarrassment to america as well as the fox racist gang spewing non-stop hatred for our half black president. the tea-bagger/fox viewers can not understand that the majority in america chose barack obama to lead this country out of the brink of ruins put there by the same fringe that now wants to take "their' country back. thank god we as the majority voted in an intelligent president to stop the spiraling into our own doom. we the MAJORITY are insulted by the rants of these wild vile men/woman and will stand together in november to show the world we are a strong and thriving nation once again.

    May 29, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. socal frank

    When is he going to apologize for all the other stupid fascist lies he's been spewing ever since he got on TV ??? He needs to stop using Hermann Goebbel's playbook.

    May 29, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. Jim K.

    “Daddy…why do you hate black people so much?”

    That's funny, Glenn. You're really funny.

    Not only are you a paid political hack, but you are obnoxious and stupid. The only people who listen to you are those who have the same twisted sense of what it means to have a healthy society and an unhealthy one. The continuous disgusting outpouring of lies and misinformation from you, Levin, Hannity and Limbaugh and those like you is every bit as toxic to the well being of this society as the outpouring of oil in the Gulf. You are a pig of a man, just like your cowardly brothers who preach the gospel of the GOP and censor any opposing views from behind the curtain of AM radio.

    I pray for the day when right wing polictical propaganda broadcasters like yourself are banned from the US. public airwaves. You are a disgusting man and a disgrace to this country. You are no good to anybody except for those filled with anger and hatred like yourself.

    You guys are paid liars, period. How you sleep at night is beyond me.

    Great Americans, indeed. You make the rest of us sick.

    May 29, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. 21k

    what else would we expect from a substance-abuser who's so full of himself?

    May 29, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. gerard

    obama shouldnt have used his child to gain favor with the public in the first place. beck holds himself at a higher standart than obama does for himself.

    May 29, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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