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. midwestmatt

    Hey Glenn,
    That sound you hear are the wheels coming off your little red hate wagon.

    Sincerely,
    People that know better

    May 29, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Larry

    I know a lot of people in the midwest who idolize Glenn Beck. All I can say is that it's time to wake up. He is mean spirited, self promoting, me-first, and has a nasty temper that doesn't speak well of his character.

    May 29, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. watchtheflows.blogspot.com

    Though I'm a liberal, I mourn for the true conservatives – the civil bunch of non-interventionist and balanced budget types who keep my own party in check. It's a shame that their party has been hijacked by a lunatic fringe of shrill partisans and the fundamentalist Christian right – the latter group most accurately described as the "American Taliban."

    May 29, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. twiddly

    Typical Glenn Beck ignorance and racism.

    What possible [good] purpose is their in pretending Obama's daughter asked why he hates black people, which is his and her race?!?!?

    So ridiculous, I just can't imagine any reasonable purpose in this.

    Beck will say and do anything to bash Obama, never mind the facts.
    Unfortunately, he has a lot of like-minded (i.e., ignorant) fans.

    May 29, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. KAE BAKER

    "I am sorry" – As with commentators, politicians, sports persons & actors, who cheat on their spouses, speak without thinking, among other misteps, they expect the public, family & friends to believe & accept their apology. They are easy words to say but does anyone really believe they are sincere? They are sorry they have been caught in a serious lapse of common sense & consideration of others.

    May 29, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. larry

    Glum Beek apologized for his stupid mistake. His mom then apologized for her stupid mistake. Not having that abortion.

    May 29, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. RS

    His comments only confirm what most o fus allready know. He is an arrogant. arse who has yet to learn what it is to respect the innocent, the poor and the helpless.

    May 29, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Arnold2010

    Sorry, Becky....not buying it. As for every time you "apologize". We all know that you do it just cause you where told to or to help your sorry ratings.

    May 29, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. blindbear

    Yeah, Beck the Buffoon probably had to use extra helpings of Vicks Vapor Rub underneath his eyes to generate the tears needed for this "apology". What a low-life.

    May 29, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. me in NH

    This guy is a NUT * he lost his mind a few years ago.

    I used to like listening to him * but, just before the elections – his racist mind took over *

    crying biaaccchhhhhhh.

    beck/palin 2012 – go girls

    May 29, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. vegage

    He is just an evil man that attacks others in the name of god...very typical of conservatives.

    May 29, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. ann

    The mouth pieces for the Republican party are disgusting. No morals. Evil, evil...........

    May 29, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Pat in Omaha

    When is Beck going to apologize for being "Beck"? He has certainly said and done other things which "break the rules"... of common decency!
    I'll probably be waiting until hell freezes over, or pig fly. or whatever for GB (just realized he has the same initials as the last president!!) to say he needs to shut up and go away!! BTW...I'm not quitting my Church because it speaks of social justice...justice for people in our society...just because he sad to do so!! OMG!!! I want to be there when he has a face-to-face with Jesus!!! Thanks, Mr. Beck, for apologizes this one time! Keep it up (apologizing) or...maybe if you keep it up (being rude and obnoxious) you'll be asked to leave (?)...naw.....'fraid not!!

    May 29, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. igotmyreasons

    No sound clip? This was BAD people you need to HEAR it.

    May 29, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. ray cambron

    who cares obummer and his crew of commies went after palins kids i agree with beck kids should be left out of the fight obummer could clear

    May 29, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Nobody Special

    Headline should have read: "Beck apoligizes for being stupid"

    May 29, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Tipster

    It's Glenn Beck what more do you expect, I use to listen to him before Obama ran and became President, but ever since he seems to have gone over the deep end. The world is going to end, the other day he went back to Rev. Wright, give me a break and get over it. Having said that if the apology was sincere then that's good because the kids are not in Politics.

    May 29, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Larry

    Beck is typical of the garbage that comes out of Fox News.

    May 29, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. kilo charlie

    boy, this morons 15 minutes seems to be going on forever.
    this is just another example of the nastiness, the hate, and the racism that permeates the tea party and a large portion of the "conservative" movement.

    May 29, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. John

    Beck is nothing but a hate monger, he's a coward for criticizing anyone who doesn't agree with his perverted sense of politics. It's an embarrassment that people 3 decades from now will perceive our hate culture with resentment and regret. Beck is an insignificant little man made rich by those liars that call foxnews home.

    May 29, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. PalmReader

    I am part of the 95% who do not waste time watching this buffoon spew his nonsense and hate day after day. I can't imagine why anyone would watch or listen to him. No accounting for taste, is there?

    Gotta hand it to Beck though. It takes a true follower of Christ to mock and ridicule a 13 year old girl so publicly . . .

    May 29, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. Bridget M Wilson

    Glen Beck is merely an entertainer; making money out of opening his mouth. The more he spews, the more ignorant he sounds. I try to listen to him, but seldom make it over 30 seconds.

    May 29, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. Julie

    He's just threatened by anyone smarter than he is.

    May 29, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. Kirk

    Glenn Beck on family values ladies and gentlemen.

    May 29, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. Unbelievable!!

    Beck needs to commit himself to an insane asylum.

    May 29, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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