Which foreign leader did Obama call first?

We know that President Obama's foreign policy got off to somewhat of a rocky start when he dissed England by returning their gift (bust of Churchill) and then sending the Queen DVD's she couldn't even play. But do you know which foreign leader President Obama called first? Who was so high up on the priority list that they deserved the first phone call out from the President of the United States? You will be shocked -- or not, kinda depends on how long you've been following the President closely.

"You are never going to guess who Barack Obama called right after he was elected. Who was the first world leader that Barack Obama called right after he was elected?" Glenn said.

"The President of Palestinian Authority," he said.

"It's everything. You understand Winston Churchill. You understand his hatred for England. You understand his setup of Israel now," Glenn said.

Glenn explained that Obama sent the bust of Winston Churchill out of the Oval Office once he took over. Israel was originally known as British Palestine, and Glenn believes that Obama's seeming to distaste for Britain could be tied to his stance on Israel.

Transcript below:

GLENN: You are never -- you are never going to guess who Barack Obama called right after he was elected. Who was the first world leader that Barack Obama called right after he was elected? Pat and Stu know this. Jeffy, you haven't heard this, have you? Sarah, you haven't. I didn't believe it. Pat told me a few minutes ago. I didn't believe it. Pat didn't believe it. We actually had to call the news room and verify and Pat got it from NBC news and he's, like -- I'm like, I don't believe NBC news. Please. We had to verify this. Who do you think and why did you not know this? Who do you think the first person -- world leader was that Barack Obama called after he was elected President of the United States?

JEFFY: Well, since you're asking me in --

GLENN: Well, who would you think if I hadn't asked it -- if I just said, quick trivia question, who was it he called, you would say, most likely --

JEFFY: Probably what's his face from France.

PAT: Sarkozy. I would say -- I would say Gordon Brown.

GLENN: Yeah. I would have said Gordon Brown

PAT: UK. Yeah. England. You know, you might say Netanyahu, but --

GLENN: Then you realize the KGB handler probably happened to have Putin's number handy and so you would have --

PAT: I think you better apologize for that.

GLENN: I have to apologize for that?

PAT: That was really --

GLENN: I don't --

PAT: That was conspiratorial. It was --

GLENN: But it's probably accurate.

PAT: It was extremist.

GLENN: Don't you think it was accurate?

STU: You're digging a hole even deeper. I can't --

GLENN: All right. Look.

STU: This is unacceptable.

GLENN: I mean, I look. I'm really -- I'm actually a very good person. I mean, all of us are imperfect.

PAT: Well --

GLENN: I'm a good guy. I didn't really mean that about the KGB handler. I'm just passionate about it

PAT: I sense that.

GLENN: It was the product of an emotional discussion. We should all remember that this is not the sum total of my particular work as an artist.

PAT: That's true.

GLENN: I know you-guys would like to focus on language, but I think we should focus on the actions we can take to grow the economy and create jobs.

PAT: Oh.

STU: That's important.

GLENN: Instead of focusing on kabuki theater.

PAT: Well, you know, that's --

GLENN: So, anyway, his KGB handler probably wanted him to call Putin, but that's not who he called. So, Jeffy, who do you think it was?

JEFFY: I guess it must have been Tom.

GLENN: Okay. That -- that is a --

PAT: That's a good guess. Given the setup, that's a good guess but not accurate

JEFFY: Not right?

STU: You haven't said that in a long time. President Tom was what Glenn used to call President Ahmadinejad because he couldn't pronounce his name. So --

GLENN: It took me a long time to learn Ahmadinejad.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: So, Sarah, who would you guess? Who would you guess?

SARAH: I have no idea.

GLENN: No idea. Thank you. She doesn't even listen to the show

STU: No. She's not --

GLENN: She doesn't even listen to the show. She's, like, listening to something else right now.

STU: She's listening to HGTV right now.

JEFFY: Can I have one more guess?

GLENN: Yeah. Go ahead. President Who?

STU: That's a question. That's not a guess.

GLENN: Here we go. Listen to this report and it's kind of fuzzy from NBC, but I -- the question that he was -- that she was asking was not as important as the little fact tucked in there. Here it is.

VOICE: The first world leader that President Obama called when he took office, why embarrass the President of the United States by going to the security council?

GLENN: Stop. As the first world leader that the President of the United States called, why are you going to the security council now? The -- the President of Palestinian authority.

PAT: Authority, Mahmoud Abbas.

GLENN: Mahmoud Abbas

PAT: That's who he called first.

GLENN: Doesn't call -- doesn't call London. Doesn't call Jerusalem.

PAT: Paris.

GLENN: Nothing.

PAT: Not even Moscow or Beijing.

GLENN: China.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: He calls Mahmoud Abbas? How do we not know that?

PAT: That's amazing.

GLENN: How did we not know the first person he called when he won was Mahmoud Abbas?

PAT: And she throws it away like, it's really cool that he called you first and now you're embarrassing him where this UN stunt. What's -- why would you do that?

GLENN: I mean --

PAT: Amazing.

GLENN: Like everybody -- like everybody knows, so, and you Barack Obama dated for awhile, but why would you -- excuse me. I didn't -- what? I didn't --

PAT: Wait. Obama and Abbas? Huh?

GLENN: You were actually -- you know, everybody says the birth certificate, but you were the one that faked the birth certificate because you're his dad. Now, why would you embarrass your son like this? Wait a minute. What?

PAT: Hold it.

GLENN: I didn't -- I had no idea. Could you back up a minute? It's amazing to me.

STU: Well, it's not like you've thought about Israel at all over the past couple of years.

GLENN: No. It's not like -- it's not like that would have leapt off a page to me.

STU: Part of me does sort of remember hearing that at one point. I could be wrong.

PAT: I don't at all.

STU: That's an amazing --

PAT: It is

STU: I mean, obviously the first call is going to be England. It's going to be from Britain.

PAT: It's going to be an ally.

GLENN: It explains everything.

PAT: It does. It's so telling, I think.

GLENN: It explains everything.

PAT: How do you call him before you call --

GLENN: An actual country?

STU: Yes. Exactly.

PAT: An actual world leader

STU: Somebody who's leading a nation. I mean, you're the world's leader and you figure maybe you pick somebody who's running a country.

GLENN: No. Put this into perspective. So, the first world leader he calls is the head of the Palestinian authority. Then I believe the first guest we had in the White House, world leader, was Gordon Brown and he said, box your crap and get out. Remember that?

PAT: That wasn't an exact quote, but -- you're paraphrasing there.

GLENN: Hey, that cute little bust of Winston Churchill, I hate it. Get it out.

PAT: Yep.

GLENN: Okay? Excuse me. What was Israel called right before it was called Israel?

PAT: Palestine.

GLENN: British Palestine.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Who divvied it up? Who's the one who said, you know what? Israel should -- England.

PAT: Yes. In the beginning it was England.

GLENN: It was England. It -- it's everything. It's everything. You understand Winston Churchill. You understand his hatred for England. You understand his -- his setup of Israel now. This is -- remember, I sat down with Benjamin Netanyahu in 2007 and this is during the Bush administration and said, Your country's going to be set up by my country. Your country is going to -- the world is going to be on the edge and they'll say that we were so close to peace and Israel did X, Y, or Z and now look at it. Now look at it. You are being set up and I don't remember how he responded to that. You should look up the transcript. I don't remember how he responded, but he told me we have a right to survive. Here we are in 2011, almost 2012, and Israel has been set up. And we're about to go to -- and our President is trying to make it -- and here NBC is doing it, too. How could you possibly embarrass the President? Embarrass the President? This is exactly what the President wanted. How is this not a setup? How do people not see this as the setup that it is? Did you -- we haven't had a chance to talk -- we talked about it last night on GBTV. I -- bloodshot out of my eyes when I saw this yesterday afternoon. New York magazine with President Obama on the cover in a yamaka that the quote was, the headline is: The First Jewish President.

PAT: Meaning he's such a friend to the Jews and such a friend to Israel. He's the best friend they have.

GLENN: Uh-huh.

PAT: And so he's effectively the first Jewish President.

GLENN: What? What's wrong with that.

PAT: Everything. The fact that he's basically turned his back on Israel comes to mind.

GLENN: What? How is that possible? He's not turned his back on Israel. I don't know even what you're saying there.

PAT: You don't?

GLENN: He's the first Jewish President.

PAT: Really?

GLENN: In fact, if I may quote the magazine.

PAT: Yes, you may.

GLENN: The irony is that Obama, along with countless Israelis and members of the Jewish -- the Diaspora are friends of Israel around the world. They seem to grasp the realities of returning to the 1967 borders.

PAT: Oh, geez.

GLENN: More so than Benjamin Netanyahu does.

PAT: Wow.

STU: What does Benjamin Netanyahu know about Jews? Come on.

GLENN: The first Jewish President? Maybe not, but certainly a President every bit as pro-Israel as the country's own prime minister.

PAT: Oh.

GLENN: And if you listen to it from the proper angle, maybe even more so

STU: Yeah, yeah.

GLENN: I'm sorry. More pro-Israel than the prime minister of Israel

STU: Well, it's because these people in Israel don't know what's good for them.

GLENN: Thank you, George Soros.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: That's exactly what George Soros said. The United States won't get it and neither will Israel. Well, George Soros, it's a good thing you have Barack Obama on your side who called Mahmoud Abbas as the first phone call

STU: What would a friend of the Jew do before that? If you want someone who's a friend of Israel, the first thing you do is call the guy who is constantly justifying all sorts of nonsense against the Jewish people.

PAT: Well, the first thing you might do is call the leader of Hamas and then Hezbollah and then third on the list would be the Palestinian authority

STU: There you go. Because the Palestinian authority is more of a former terrorist group than a current one. So, you go to the current one first and then you get to the former ones.

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On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.
Question

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.

Conclusion

America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

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