(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.
That sound you hear are the wheels coming off your little red hate wagon.
People that know better
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.
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."
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.
"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.
Glum Beek apologized for his stupid mistake. His mom then apologized for her stupid mistake. Not having that abortion.
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.
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.
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.
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 *
beck/palin 2012 – go girls
He is just an evil man that attacks others in the name of god...very typical of conservatives.
The mouth pieces for the Republican party are disgusting. No morals. Evil, evil...........
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!!
No sound clip? This was BAD people you need to HEAR it.
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
Headline should have read: "Beck apoligizes for being stupid"
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.
Beck is typical of the garbage that comes out of Fox News.
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.
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.
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 . . .
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.
He's just threatened by anyone smarter than he is.
Glenn Beck on family values ladies and gentlemen.
Beck needs to commit himself to an insane asylum.