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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  1. GinBR

    Scum is scum. You can't expect it to change. It is what it is. Beck's mouth can only verbalize his constitution.

    May 29, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. chad

    no mention of how his hero sarah palin uses her children as a human shields. i wonder when the last time piper was in school for a month, or even a week straight?

    May 29, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Eric-31m

    There's nothing wrong with what Beck said. He didn't need to apologize. I find it interesting how CNN tries to cast anyone who disagrees with their liberal agenda as iditoic or inappropriate. There are so many situations like these associated with Democrats, but yet I don't see those stories here. Hmm.

    May 29, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Future expat

    "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."

    Uhh, you're forgetting the fact that Palin routinely parades her kids as props or uses them as shields against criticism.

    May 29, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. JonDie

    Pathetic but not surprising. He is a Republican after all.

    May 29, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. brain2brain

    What a pig! No...Beck is too dirty to be referred to as a pig. Some of us eat pork. Some dogs eat what he is made of.

    This isn't so much a shock because only "poo lies" comes from Beck's dirty mouth.

    I would like to plug Beck's hole with the same thing he speaks.

    To hit on a minor daughter of anyone is wrong. Beck is very lucky that he lives in this country. We do have countries on this planet that would cut his tongue out.

    I can't believe you are sorry Beck! You are a cone-head racist.

    How low can you go Beck? Are you going to be picking on a 4 year old next?

    You rate yourself as a good Christian Beck. Get off the air! Let the good Christians take over your air time.

    From your friendly Buddhist in Buena Vista, CO.

    May 29, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. sandra

    Thats right Mr. Beck you should have known better.But God protects those children.
    The bible says it would be better that for a millstone were hung around your (Mr.Beck) neck, and you be drowned in the depth of the sea than to cause harm to this little one. Mr. Beck please think about your own children. I would truly hate for this to come back on you and your family. God has a way of shuting people mouths. Are you children worth what you are trying to do to the O'bama's. Ask yourself that question Mr. Beck. Ask your friend Mr. Lumbaugh how he is feeling these days. His feathers where shook a few months ago.HMMMMMMMMMM

    May 29, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Island Tutu

    If you notice, at the beginning of the apology, he excused himself because he was responding to the President's use of hiding behind children. An odd opening statement for an apology

    May 29, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Debbie

    Simply put, Glen Beck is an idiot. But even sadder is that he has a fan base.

    May 29, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Jim

    This SOB would be a problem IF he had a brain. This guy has been brain dead since birth.

    May 29, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. ATL Guy

    Racist, narrow minded bastards. That's what this entire Tea Party, Republican establishment has devolved into. What did he mean by "that their level of education"? These girls are going to one of the premier schools in DC.

    May 29, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. jane

    SammyD, you are so right about these hypocrites. They even think its funny to wish someone dead. Remember the joke against Rush. But they really showed how big of hypocrites, they are when Harry Reid could use the term N e g r o and get away with it.

    May 29, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Glenn who???

    May 29, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. Slow-brains

    you died a long time ago mr beck!
    you're putrefaction like foul odor cannot be reversed by an apology.

    Yr an Imbeckcile!

    May 29, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Bella

    Whenever Obama is asked a serious question , he is unable to give a serious answer , instead he resorts to juvenile drivel and story telling.
    This at a time when people are crying out for help and leadership .
    The impact of the oil spill is devastating and let us not forget the 11 lives that have been lost.
    Obama is a great fundraiser and campaigning seems to be his forte , but as President he has failed miserably , an empty suit after all.

    May 29, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Marie MD

    His parents should apologize for beck. He's a hate monger full of non facts that he twists to make everyone except his teabaggers and himself look good.
    He is making what, $32M a year, spewing forth stupidity and crocodile tears (which he rehearses before each show).
    @ray cambron – you must be one of those do dos who listen to berk. The Obama's HAVE NEVER said a thing about the quitter's kids. On the contrary then candidate Obama clearly asked for the kids to be left alone. The quitter paraded her pregnant daughter and the rest of the brook and continues to call anyone who says anything against a pedophile and a pervert even if her kids are not attacked.
    This is why beck is an idiot leading idiots along the ay.

    May 29, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. stevest

    Glenn Beck – you are a moron. I can't believe they give you airtime to vomit your thoughts and right wing agendas. Don't you have a rapture to prepare for, or something?

    May 29, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. A disillusioned Republican

    What do you expect from a smart mouth jerk? This reptile should crawl back into his hole and shut up. I guess I should apologize to reptiles for associating Beck with them!

    May 29, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. paula

    "Daddy, when are they going to plug up the hole in Glen Beck's face?"

    May 29, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. Death Panel Sarah

    That's OK........
    Nobody REALLY listens to the 'cry baby' anyway!!!
    He's even worse than 'whiner' Hannity.

    May 29, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Glen Beck has become nothing less than a pervert and this should be no surprise to anyone. I wouldn't trust him around my children.

    May 29, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. GP

    Not much of an apology.

    May 29, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. Bill

    Some imbecile named gerard blithered: "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."

    You are confusing Barack Obama with Sarah Palin, numbskull.

    May 29, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. Dawn

    It's really a miracle of nature that this fool hasn't choked to death on his big, floppy, uncontrollable tongue yet.

    But the day is still young!

    May 29, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. lagunalad

    He also forgot to apologize for being a low life imbecile.

    May 29, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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