Glenn has a lot of complaints about President Barack Obama, but one of his biggest is that the man simply is a chameleon who adapts everything from his message to his speech patterns to fit the audience he is speaking to. Don't believe it? Glenn played some audio on radio today to expose the problem.
"A moment of truth. Yeah, this is it, moment of truth. You don't get them very often, especially when you go to MSNBC. Here is MSNBC over the weekend lacking the truth, just crying racism," Glenn said.
Over the weekend, Obama was speaking to the Congressional Black Conference and said:
I don't know about you, CBC, but the future rewards those who press on. With patient and firm determination, I'm gonna press on for jobs. I'm gonna press on for equality. I'm gonna press on for the sake of our children. I'm gonna press on for the sake of all those families who are strugglin' right now. I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. I don't have time to complain. I'm gonna press on! I expect all of you to march with me and press on! Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marchin' shoes. Shake it off. Stop complainin'. Stop grumblin'. Stop cryin'. We're all gonna press on. We've got work to do! CBC.
MSNBC took the speech as it was transcribed by the AP and - much like our own transcription above - the AP left off the g's and replace them with apostrophe's, mimicking the speech pattern the President used. MSNBC, however, felt this was racist.
While the MSNBC host may have felt the move was racist to leave off the "g's" - Glenn said that it was just showing the President's pattern of changing his speech to match his audience.
In fact, Pat even read the President's own words:
"The fact that I conjugate my verbs and speak in a typical Midwestern newscaster's voice, there's no doubt that this helps ease communication between myself and white audiences. And there's no doubt that when I'm with a black audience, I slip into a slightly different dialect. But the point is I don't feel the need to speak in a certain way in front of black ‑‑ a black audience. There's a level of self‑consciousness about these issues the previous generation had to negotiate that I don't feel I have to."
"He adapts to where he is," Glenn said before playing him speaking to different groups and his changing dialect and tone.
"He's a chameleon," Glenn said.