Why Obama changed the name of Mt. McKinley

Ahead of his visit to Alaska to highlight climate change, Barack Obama announced the renaming of the tallest mountain in North America. The 20,237 ft peak bore the name of McKinley since 1896, when William McKinley was first nominated for President. President Obama changed the name back to its original native Alaskan name, Denali.

Glenn explained the real reason he thinks Obama did this on radio.


Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

GLENN: So why did the president change the name or threaten to change the name of Mount McKinley to Denali?

STU: He did it too. It's not a threat. It's done.

GLENN: It's just done?

STU: It's done. He did it on his own. Now, I don't care at all about the name of the stupid mountain to be perfectly honest. I don't care.

GLENN: I don't either.

PAT: We've grown up our whole lives with it.

GLENN: I can't believe that the president, one man, can just -- with the stroke of a pen make this change.

STU: Right. And people in Alaska are saying, well, this is what we call it. And that's great. Well, then you just need to have a bill get through Congress and pass it, and then it will change. It was passed in a bill to change it to name it Mount McKinley.

GLENN: You know what, it's too hard.

PAT: It's too hard.

GLENN: It's so much easier if we just have one guy make the decision for us.

PAT: A republic is so messy. It takes a long time. I don't want to do all that.

STU: They passed a bill in Congress in 1917 to name it Mount McKinley.

PAT: Why can't we have a dictator who just does things? Oh, wait.

GLENN: Not a dictator. Not a dictator. An administrator. Right?

PAT: An administrator. Okay. Yeah, he administrates. Nothing wrong with that.

STU: Their justification seems to be, there was a bill passed in 1917. Since then, there have been contradictory bills that have been proposed to change the name or keep it the same. And since none of them really worked out, we can act because, quote, we can act if the board does not act within a reasonable time, they can -- they can move ahead with it.

PAT: That's the same kind of nonsense --

GLENN: What!

PAT: -- he said with health care. Uh, we've tried to do this for 100 years, and we've delayed it too long. Well, you tried to do it for 100 years, and we didn't get it done because the American people didn't want it.

STU: Right.

PAT: And they still didn't want it, and you did it anyway.

JEFFY: Well, the United States Board on Geographic Names has been deferring it to Congress for all these years, and they've just decided they're not going to defer it anymore.

STU: Right. Like what is that?

PAT: Jeez.

STU: Again, the issue itself is completely meaningless to me. I don't care. But this is what they do with everything. He's just doing it because he feels like he wants to do something nice for I guess natives of America that call it Denali.

PAT: Can he change the name of Reagan International before he leaves office?

STU: I think, yeah. I would not be surprised.

PAT: Another Republican, he has to get rid of that.

STU: Their justification is, by the way, well, he never visited. He never visited Mount McKinley. McKinley never visited Mount McKinley. It's stupid.

Maybe that's because he got executed.

PAT: Yeah, he was killed.

STU: Could it be potentially because he didn't have a nice retirement to go visit mountains in Alaska because he was dead. Could it potentially have been that? I bet you that he may have gone to visit Mount McKinley --

PAT: It's not like Alaska was a state at the time either. It's like, hey, I think I'll go see that really cool territory up there. You know, you don't take 4,000-mile trips in 1890. Stupid.

GLENN: So why is -- why did he change the name? I watched Buck Sexton last night on the Blaze. I think he had the right answer. Misdirection. Pay no attention to what I'm really doing up here with climate change. Don't let anybody talk about what I'm really doing on climate change. You just get everybody to be outraged and talk about Mount McKinley or Denali.

PAT: That's what he does.

GLENN: It's always, watch the other hand, with this guy. This is misdirection. What's he doing up there on climate change?

Featured Image: General view of the West face of Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park in Alaska. (Photo by: Mike Powell/Getty Images)

This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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The less-than-favorable reaction to Caitlyn Jenner's bid for governor of California as a Republican has shown that leftists and so-called "transgender rights activist" care more about political party than actual transgender rights. Despite the fact that if she wins, Jenner would be the first trans governor in our nation's history — and prove that Republicans aren't 'transphobic' — Leftist activists would rather back Gavin Newsom — a cisgender, white male.

"Make no mistake: we can't wait to elect a #trans governor of California. But @Caitlyn_Jenner spent years telling the #LGBTQ+ community to trust Donald Trump. We saw how that turned out. Now she wants us to trust her? Hard pass," tweeted Equality California, one of the state's largest LGBTQ-rights groups.

"With all due respect, @Caitlyn_Jenner, you are running as a Republican?! Republicans deny your existence and are trying to erase trans youth. HELL NO," tweeted leftist activist and actress Alyssa Milano.

"Well done Caitlyn Jenner, running for governor wins you the one medal you never got: stupidest mother***ker on earth. Running as a Trump Republican & entering a world that hates you," tweeted "Sons of Anarchy" star Ron Perlman.

In this clip from the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere discussed the Left's hostile reaction to Jenner's candidacy for California governor and agreed that leftist trans activists are showing themselves to be more "leftists" than "trans activists."

"If Caitlyn Jenner did, let's say, run for governor and win as a Republican, wouldn't that go a long way to advance what [trans rights activists'] goal supposedly is? Like, if you really believe Republicans hate trans people and what you want is for society to have trans people accepted more broadly, what better way to accomplish that than having a Republican trans candidate?" Stu asked.

"Yeah, see, but you just said the key words: 'If you really believe.' They don't really believe anything. I don't think they even really believe that Republicans hate gay people. I don't think they actually believe that. That's just a slogan that's been drilled in their head," Glenn said. "It doesn't have anything to do with race or gender, or really anything else. It has everything to do with politics. That's it."

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