Preshow Spectacle Before State of the Union

Last night’s State of the Union (SOTU) address was definitely duct tape-worthy. Add in the preshow and you’ve got a full-on, brain-exploding experience that no tape on the market could prevent.

Wondering what a “preshow” and the SOTU could possibly have in common? So did Glenn and crew when watching it during Political Science Theater 3000 on TheBlaze.

“For two hours prior to the State of the Union, whitehouse.gov ran a preshow with bands, a rapper and a comedian,” a flabbergasted Glenn explained Wednesday on The Glenn Beck Program. “First of all, who the hell is your audience? Who do you think is coming to watch the State of the Union and the bands the president picked?”

The preshow spectacle put on last night was beneath the presidency of the United States and akin to a corporate convention with entertainment. What’s more, the speech itself was peppered with infographics and ridiculous images.

“If you watched at whitehouse.gov . . . you saw that it was fully produced,” Glenn said. “So the State of the Union went into little boxes where they had little charts and little graphs and uplifting, inspiring pictures of the president looking up at the moon. It was unbelievable.”

Sounds more like a production from Russia or North Korea than the United States. Just watch the pretty pictures and jam to the music, folks. Nothing to see here.

Enjoy this complimentary clip from The Glenn Beck Program:

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

GLENN: So last night I leave the State of the Union, and I start reading some stories about what's coming our way. And I just read about the economy.

Now, we happen to be watching the State of the Union last night. I know you didn't. Hopefully you joined us on TheBlaze TV. Because it was coverage that I guarantee you're not going to get anywhere else.

But we watched it last night. And we happen to be watching the feed from the White House.

Some amazing things were shown to us. First of all, the White House had a comedian and bands at whitehouse.gov, as a preshow. For two hours prior to the State of the Union, whitehouse.gov ran a preshow with bands, a rapper, and a comedian.

First of all, who the hell is your audience? Who do you think is coming to watch the State of the Union and the bands the president picked?

The arrogance of that is mind-boggling. Then my next question is, what the hell did that cost the American people? What did that broadcast cost? Who authorized that broadcast?

Then beyond that, if you watched at whitehouse.gov, if you got your feed from -- from where we got it, you saw that it was fully produced. So the State of the Union went into little boxes where they had little charts and little graphs and uplifting, inspiring pictures of the president looking up at the moon. It was unbelievable.

Absolutely unbelievable.

Featured Image: Pat, Glenn, Stu and Jeffy settle in for a long night of Political Science Theater 3000 to watch President Obama’s final State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 13, 2016. (Photo Credit: TheBlaze)

Winston Marshall assumed that he would be playing banjo with Mumford & Sons well into his 60s, but one tweet — simply recommending Andy Ngo's book — was all it took for the woke mob to attack. At first, Winston apologized, saying he "was certainly open to not understanding the full picture." But after doing some research, not to mention a whole lot of soul-searching, his conscience "really started to bother" him.

On the latest episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast," Winston opened up about the entire scandal, what he discovered in the wake of his cancellation, and why he's decided to put truth over career.

"I looked deeper and deeper into the topic, and I realized I hadn't I hadn't been wrong [when] I'd called the author brave," Winston said of Ngo. "Not only was he brave, he'd been attacked by Antifa mobs in Oregon, and he was then attacked again ... he's unquestionably brave. And so my conscience really started to bother me ... I felt like I was in some way excusing the behavior of Antifa by apologizing for criticizing it. Which then made me feel, well, then I'm as bad as the problem because I'm sort of agreeing that it doesn't exist," he added.

"Another point, by the way, that I found it very frustrating, was that that left-wing media in this country and in my country don't even talk about [Antifa]. We can all see this footage. We see it online," Winston continued. "But they don't talk about it, and that's part of my, I think, interest initially in tweeting about Andy's book. Because I think people need to see what's going on, and it's a blind spot there. ... CNN and MSNBC, they don't cover it. Biden in his presidential election said it was just 'an idea' that didn't exist. I mean, did he not see the courthouse in Oregon being burnt down?"

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FBI whistleblower Steve Friend exposed the FBI for its handling of the investigation into the January 6 riot — and paid the price. Friend joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to describe the series of events that eventually led him not only to leave the FBI, but to speak out against potential abuses within the department as well. The crux of his story began with cases concerning the January 6, 2021, riot and one arrest warrant that he refused to take part in.


Friend also joined Glenn on his "Targets of Tyranny" special to explain why he believed the January 6 cases were run by Washington, D.C., and how the agency's handling of the "J6" investigations has been so "unusual" that he says he's "never" seen anything even close to this before.

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A judge has banned Texas father Jeff Younger from speaking about his son, James, who was taken from him by our courts after he refused to call his son a girl. But Jeff said he'd rather go to jail than comply: "I'll appear in handcuffs ... but I'm not taking this tyranny."

Jeff joined Glenn Beck on "Targets of Tyranny" to tell James' story and explain the biggest lessons he's learned while battling our legal system.

"This interview is illegal in the state of Texas," Jeff told Glenn. "I was banned from publishing any blog posts, social media post, publishing a newspaper article, doing any writing at all about my situation. I was also permanently banned from doing interviews, doing podcasts, appearing on television interviews, and these are all specifically laid out," he explained.

"I was also banned from speaking on three political topics. I'm not allowed to talk about anything about transgender issues, gender expansiveness, or whether my son is a boy or a girl. And I have told this judge — and I tell this judge every time I do an interview — I will never follow your illegal and unconstitutional order. I have contempt for her as a judge issuing the order. I have maximum contempt for the tyrannical language of the order, and I will never follow the order," Jeff continued.

"I'm guilty of maximum criminal contempt in the 301st District Court of the state of Texas, and [the judge] is obligated to put me in jail for the maximum sentence, which is 180 days in the jail in Dallas County. Four days later, I'll be in the jail library with the writ of habeas corpus that I've already prepared. We will go to the 5th District, and we will see who's right. I'll appear in handcuffs, her in the judge's robe, but I'm not taking this tyranny. And I'm not going to stop speaking out about my son."

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Here's how deep Amazon's ties to the government REALLY go — and why it matters to YOU

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The world knows Amazon is an extraordinarily powerful company, but one family’s terrifying story demonstrates just how dark, dominant, and dishonorable the monopolistic corporation truly is. Amy Nelson’s husband, Carl, was accused of an unspecific crime by Amazon — his former employer — in 2020. Even though Carl was never charged with that crime, Amazon still seized nearly all the funds Amy and Carl had spent years acquiring. Everything was taken directly from their bank accounts via civil asset forfeiture. But the dangers of Amazon go even further.

Amy joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to detail just how menacing the relationship between Amazon and our federal government — specifically the DOJ — truly is.

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