Glenn doesn’t usually call for someone to lose their job (not even Keith Olbermann), but whoever helped plan the reception for Chinese President Hu at the White House may want to start drafting a resume. Glenn had the story on radio this morning.
“I think we could put a pencil into the Office of Protocol and maybe a puppy that cannot, no matter what you do, be house‑trained, a pencil and a carpet‑pooping, wetting puppy in the office of protocol in the White House and they would do better for our relations in the rest of the world than the clowns that are currently running,” Glenn said on radio. (Wonder what that would look like? Click here.)
Glenn explained that world famous pianist Lang Lang played a song in the White House called “My Homeland.”
“No one in the Office of Protocol said, hey, what's that song about? Because they talk about, you know, when the tyrants come, grab your rifles,” Glenn said of the song, which refers to the United States as one of the “tyrants” and “the jackal”.
“Can you imagine the reverse of this? If it was an official state visit, Barack Obama is there and they bring out some American to perform for the Chinese in Beijing and he sings some anti‑Chinese song? That would be an international incident,” Pat suggested.
“Now, apparently President Hu knew exactly what this song was and when it was written. Apparently everybody in China knows this song. It is a very famous song. But our Office of Protocol doesn't!” an exasperated Glenn said. He added that anyone would an ounce of curiosity may have asked what the song was about, especially since they knew of the selection ahead of time.
This is just the latest snafu from the White House Office of the Chief of Protocol, which also allowed President Obama to give the Queen of England an iPod and Gordon Brown a set of DVDs (which didn’t work in England’s DVD players) in 2009.
In typical Glenn Beck fashion, the conversation did degenerate into a joke fest at times. Most notable, Glenn asked Stu and Pat if they were “up on their Lang Lang”, to which Stu and Pat said they were up on their KD Lang and Clubber Lang, but, sadly, they did not know much about Lang Lang.