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. gina

    Glen Beck is disgusting – and his followers truly puzzle me. He constantly does the same thing on air which he derides others for. In this instance he apologize but that is rare. The guy doesn't care about this counttry, only his bank account. What a pig.

    May 29, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Nancy, CA

    Glenn Beck is all about the money! He will do anything and say anything (however false it might be) to make an almighty dollar for himself. He's nothing but a third-rate actor and a first-class lier!! I only hope that one of these days the people who follow him and his every word wake up and see him for what he is truly worth. I would not want to be in Glenn Beck's shoes when he finally has to account for himself some day.

    May 29, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Scott B

    As an independent I uesed to like to listen to Glen Beck well before the election. But honestly this is why I tune him off. For some reason all he does now is try to find a way to dis credit Obama, He used to have great discussion about politics and that disappeared after Obama was elected. I find that a parellel since Obama is black. Beck are you upset that a Democrat was elected or are up upset a Black was elected ? After seeing his show getting more and more negitve I really believe that he has just lost it. Weather it's about the birthers trying to prove he isn't and american. Or Beck himself saying that he is unamerican for his action I find this very sad. Where were you Mr Beck when you beloved President Bush when he guided this once proud nation into two wars ? Where were you when Bush asked and got back bailouts ? You seem to think it was ok then but point fingers now. Is it because he is black or a democrat ? Look deep into yourself and your party and see when your leading both. I may or may not vote for an GOP candidate in the next election. But I will not just vote to remove someone who stands up for our rights. I'll vote for someone who is willing to cross either party line to get the job done. You know the job they were elected to do. Not the one they think will erode their moral compass. Mr Beck get back to your basics and be who you were back in 2007 and maybe this independant will watch your show again.

    May 29, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. DENA

    What a racist weasal! The fact that he is given airtime just proves that the FCC is as much a waste of government funding as the MMS. And the fact that people actually listen to this uninformated divider and takes him seriously speaks volumes of how far we have not come as a nation. I don't pledge my allegiance to either party, but it just amazes me how quick these far right psychopaths are so quick to sacrifice principles for the sake of hate and a dollar. If they made complete, non-racial affiliated arguements, then maybe people will be more open to listen to what they have to say. But the root of their arguement has nothing to do with how to improve our nation, but to keep the "haves" up and the "have nots" down.

    Let us not forget that we are suffering from 1.) An overstressed military because of TWO wars, 2.) the worst MAN MADE environmental disasters on the face of this earth, and 3.) The worst finanical crisis since the Great Depression and all these right wing nuts can do is mock an innocent child and nitpick at issues for political purposes and not offer up any solutions! Oh, and were these disasters not all fallouts from 8 years of a Repulican regime? Just wondering you racist, need acting lessons idiot!

    All of you "financial conservative", "family values", "country first" imitators and broadcasters should be ashamed of yourselves! And unfortunately, it's most of these "intelligent" people that post hideous messages on these sites that keep these morons employed by voting for them and continuing to boost their ratings with listenership! I wish you people will wake up and realize that these people don't care about you and your abililty to survive day to day. As long as they are up, they don't care if you are down! I voted for Bush and got Bushwacked because of the financial meltdown. So to all of you who can't get over the fact that we have an African-American President, go ahead and move to Texas and secede from the union. Fund your own educational systems, public safety, and everything else the Federal government provides for you. Pull our military bases from the state, and let's build a wall the same way you want to do for the Mexican border. Then maybe you will realize how good you have it now when you see how little these "fiscal conservative", "big oil a$$ kissing" , "lack of family values" right wing radicals care about you. Maybe they'll lay hands on you and pray that you will rise up to their status. BTW, does Sarah Palin believes that God caused this oil spill to happen? What a waste of a chromosome.

    May 29, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Loren

    Why anyone cares what this poorly educated, drug addicted, narcisist, meglomaniac with cash flow has to say about anyone on anything is amazing to me.

    May 29, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Shows the level of Beck's intelligence that he would mock an 11-year-old for asking the same question that supposedly adult conservative pundits keep asking.

    May 29, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. SammyD

    Who cares about beck? I didn't see any dem caring what celebrities said about Palin's kids, but that's right dems get away with corruption, name calling, and lying, I guess that's what we expect from liberals and the media.

    May 29, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Steve_PA

    Shows the level of Beck's intelligence that he would mock an 11-year-old for asking the same question that supposedly adult conservative pundits keep asking.

    May 29, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. kate

    Glen Beck needs to get a life!

    May 29, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Trash

    The level of ignorance in American politics is laughable.

    May 29, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Tom

    Why in the world does Glenn Beck get airtime? Who sponsors this jerk anyway? Maybe it's time for a boycott of his sponsors' products, or a letter-writing campaign to those sponsors. If they get enough letters, they notice.

    May 29, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Livin' the good life

    I truly would like to see more people think before they speak these days. Some people do not even realize what they are saying/said until it's too late. My boss is like this. Words can cut and more and more people are just thinking it's only their opinion but, truth be said, the hurt lingers and cannot be "unrung". Come on people!, THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK in order that you don't appear stupid!...Beau Colby. (For the rest, I guess you just ARE.)

    May 29, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. steve hill

    yes i would like to know is something going to be done about glenn beck an his raciest coments about the oboma kids sorry just dont get it he ment what he said.you know he is part of the prob whites an blacks dont get a lone.

    May 29, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. Darrell

    What else can you say: this guy is an idiot! Why are people paying him to be on television and on radio? Why are people listening to him? I grow-up watching Walter Cronkite every night...now we have individuals like him and Rush on the public airwaves...America please wake up!

    May 29, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Susan in Arkansas

    Mr. Beck must suffer from dementia. How else could such a supposedly intelligent man "forget" his basic rules of journalism. Making fun of a child, no matter who she/he may be, is the action of a small-minded person. Malia's question is one that we are all asking. Mr. Beck's "question" just proves that he is a racist.

    May 29, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Austhall

    It takes a real man to make fun of an 11 year old child

    May 29, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. Mikey B

    I cannot stand this guy. I am a peaceful, compassionate person but Glenn Beck makes me sick to my stomach.

    May 29, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. Aaron

    This guy should have been a fundamentalist preacher. It's the same ilk that does horrid things, then is contrite and apologizes after getting caught or called down on it. People who are actually good-hearted wouldn't mock a child in the first place.

    May 29, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. Walter

    LOLOL wow! The hypocrisy of you idiots on here is astounding. While I disapprove of what he did where the hell were you and where are you now as Palins family is constantly bombarded with the most vile comments ever. What Beck did pales in comparison. Hipocritiacal liberals as usual.

    May 29, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Sarah

    I don't really think an apology was in order. I mean, the President used his own daughter for publicity by telling that story. If he is willing to do it, why shouldn't Beck?

    May 29, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Becca

    This idiot Beck should be banned from the airways. Talk about uneducated! I tried several times to watch him but he is too jerky for me and rants like a lunatic. We've had enough of that!

    May 29, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. Peace

    This goes to show how Beck always talk without thinking first. Since when kids are attacked? Even the animals know this well, touching their young ones, the repercussion of it is severe. This young lady is very, very clever. She is always concerned on what is going on. At her age, they are very few kids who will dare to sleep on something and wake up in the morning insisting to know what is going on! Beck, slowly you are losing your credibility!

    May 29, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. Becky Givens

    Once again, an angry conservative makes a mean-spirited remark on national media- this time involving a child- and gives a half-hearted apology. Once something is said- no apology can recall its effect. Don't we think it's time to get over being mad about President Obama's landslide victory and get busy working together to solve real problems? Empty anger has NEVER solved a problem and we have plenty of issues to try and fix without wasting time and energy Obama bashing?

    May 29, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. drindl

    The man, like all rightwingers, is a disgusting pig. What else is new?

    May 29, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Ken Kissinger

    It's no surprise that Glen Beck and his ilk have started attacking children. They did the same thing with Rush calling Chelsey Clinton "the White House dog" . He claims that the President hides behind his children, and yet praises Sarah palin for fabricating threats to her children, and at the same time warning the media to leave HER children out of the debate. When will some level of decent, intelligent debate return? When will people understand that honest people can disagree without trying to assasinate each others character?

    May 29, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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