Barack Obama Has Been Unexpectedly and Refreshingly Presidential to Donald Trump

Prior to departing on his final foreign trip, President Barack Obama struck a conciliatory tone in a press conference, acknowledging the mood of the country which brought us President-elect Donald Trump.

In this situation, we're turning over a country that has challenges, has problems, and obviously there are people out there are who are feeling disaffected, otherwise we wouldn't have had the results that we had in the election.

So far, President Obama has welcomed President-elect Trump with unexpected and refreshing civility.

"He has even said he appreciated that George Bush gave him breathing room. Let's see if he does the same," Glenn said.

Read below or watch the clip for answers to these questions:

• Will Pat ever stop being snarky?

• Was Obama's statement an admission that he hasn't done that well?

• Will Obama's civility last?

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

GLENN: Let's -- let's go to what Barack Obama said yesterday about Donald Trump, because it was -- it was fascinating and very presidential.

OBAMA: In this situation, we're turning over a country that has challenges, has problems, and obviously there are people out there are who are feeling disaffected, otherwise we wouldn't have had the results that we had in the election.

PAT: What? Holy cow. Which you will chuckle?

PAT: Now, why would they be disaffected when they've had eight years of you?

GLENN: Now, you have to take --

PAT: Huh.

GLENN: You have to take him -- him coming and saying something very nice and go right at him.

PAT: Yeah.

(laughter)

JEFFY: Well, come on.

PAT: I'm just curious. Is that an admission that he hasn't done that well?

GLENN: Yes, it is. It is.

STU: If you listen to the whole press conference, though, he spent a lot of time saying how it was different and we weren't in these tragic circumstances that he took over in. And things are better.

PAT: Yeah. It's still Bush's fault.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: Yeah, that's true. He spent a lot of time saying, you know, things were good. But that was his like, but obviously people -- some people do feel disaffected, or we wouldn't have seen the results. So he -- this was sort of his -- it was the second part of that, you know, sentence.

PAT: I will say though, that is as conciliatory as I've ever heard him. Pretty amazing.

GLENN: He is now building his legacy.

JEFFY: Well, he's getting ready to go on his -- his administration's final farewell tour to say he's sorry for being an American. Because he's traveling to Greece and Germany and Peru.

GLENN: Right.

JEFFY: Just saying how -- look, everything has been great for eight years. It should be maybe okay with Donald Trump.

STU: The point of this though I think is to say he's actually been pretty good to Trump so far.

PAT: He has. He has.

GLENN: He has been very good to Trump.

STU: We don't know if it will continue. It may very well not. But he's done the typical president thing, which is be --

GLENN: Which is very good.

PAT: And unexpected.

GLENN: And he said that he even -- this wasn't yesterday, but he said he appreciated that George Bush gave him breathing room. Let's see if he does the same.

Featured Image: US President Barack Obama speaks to the media during a news conference in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House, November 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Later today President Obama will depart for his final foreign trip to Athens, Berlin, and Lima, Peru. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

A new Pew Research Center report shows the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 is "heavily concentrated" in Democratic congressional districts.

According to the analysis, more than half of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. occurred in just 44 (approximately 10 percent of) congressional districts, and 41 of those 44 hardest-hit districts are represented by Democrats, while only three are represented by Republicans.

"A new Pew Research Center analysis of data on official reports of COVID-19 deaths, collected by the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, finds that, as of last week, nearly a quarter of all the deaths in the United States attributed to the coronavirus have been in just 12 congressional districts – all located in New York City and represented by Democrats in Congress. Of the more than 92,000 Americans who had died of COVID-19 as of May 20 (the date that the data in this analysis was collected), nearly 75,000 were in Democratic congressional districts," Pew reported.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere argued that, while the coronavirus should never have been made into a partisan issue, the study certainly makes a strong statement in favor of GOP leadership.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once predicted the coronavirus death rate would be between 4 and 5 percent, but they've just come out with a new report and those predictions have been adjusted significantly.

According to the CDC's latest data, the fatality rate among Americans showing COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. And an estimated 35 percent who are infected by the virus will never have any symptoms. Therefore, the CDC is now estimating COVID-19 kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere recalled when the mainstream media went into overdrive, hammering President Donald Trump for predicting the final COVID-19 death rate would be "under one percent."

Looks like the president was right all along.

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Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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