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Glenn Finds Kumbaya Moment With Obama on His Last Full Day

This is so weird. What a coincidence. Finally, with Obama's final press conference and last full day in office, Glenn and his co-hosts found common ground with the soon-to-be former president.

OBAMA: I want to do some writing. I want be quiet a little bit, not hear myself talk so darn much.

"He wants to be quiet, and he doesn't want to hear himself talk so darn much. And we don't either," Co-host Stu Burguiere commented.

This is definitely a red-letter day.

"That's a basic fundamental principle of mine. You know, not hearing him talk so much," Glenn said.

Less talking, less time with a pen and phone --- things are looking up.

GLENN: Frustrating. Some might celebrate that this is the last day that we have to hear this, but a piece of audio from a press conference yesterday with Barack Obama that made blood shoot directly out of my eyes. And we begin there, right now.

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GLENN: Oh, I -- I don't even know where to begin. Except with the audio. And I'm not sure I'm going to make it through a commentary on it. Here it is: Barack Obama yesterday in the press conference.

OBAMA: That does not, of course, mean that I have enjoyed every story that you have filed, but that's the point of this relationship. You're not supposed to be sycophants. You're supposed to be skeptics. You're supposed to ask me tough questions.

PAT: Unreal.

OBAMA: You're not supposed to be complimentary, but you're supposed to cast a critical eye on folks who hold enormous power --

PAT: Uh-huh.

OBAMA: -- and make sure that we are accountable to the people who sent us here, and you have done that.

You've done it, for the most part, in ways that I could appreciate for fairness, even if I didn't always agree with your conclusions.

(chuckling)

PAT: Wow.

JEFFY: Does that count as making it all the way through?

PAT: Yeah, we -- we did. I think we did.

JEFFY: We made it non-stop.

GLENN: No, I said I couldn't make it through the commentary about it.

JEFFY: Oh.

GLENN: Play -- play his thanks and warning -- because what he was doing yesterday --

PAT: Yeah, he was --

GLENN: -- was he was warning the press, how they have to behave under Donald Trump. And I just -- I just --

PAT: Yeah, because they did it with him. They were skeptics with him, not sycophants.

In fact, he said sink-ophants. Which I don't know what the hell that is.

OBAMA: That does not, of course, mean that I've enjoyed every story that you have filed, but that's the point of this relationship.

PAT: Yeah.

OBAMA: You're not supposed to be sycophants, you're supposed to be skeptics. You're supposed to ask me tough questions. You're not supposed to be complimentary.

GLENN: Stop.

PAT: Like that, what about being enchanted? What's the thing that's enchanted you the most? What a tough question that was. How do you choose what has enchanted --

GLENN: What was the best thing about your first year as president? What was the thing that you were most proud of? That kind of tough questioning from --

PAT: Yeah, that's tough. That's tough.

STU: Yeah, I was actually hoping whoever that reporter was that asked him how he was enchanted by the office, would come back on the last press conference and ask the exact same question. Did not happen, however. He did use the word "enchanted" during the press conference, though. So he brought it back around a little bit. But it was -- you know, look, there were some moments there that maybe that could frustrate you. You know, you're Mr. Bring Us Together, I thought.

PAT: Yeah, yeah.

GLENN: I thought that wasn't you anymore. I thought that was the old Glenn Beck, you know.

GLENN: I didn't say anything about that. I was just pointing out what the president --

STU: Oh, I could tell. I got your tone. I got your tone. And, sure, you could look at that, and you would say -- well, you guys held my feet to the fire in a lot of ways. I guess those ways were invisible ways. But I guess he did.

JEFFY: Yeah.

STU: You could certainly look at that and be critical. However, what have we done today? We have obviously been skeptical of Donald Trump's presidency. We've outlined a few things we have liked about his run-up to the inauguration.

GLENN: A lot of things.

STU: You know, there's some very positive things there.

GLENN: I want to come back to the David Gelernter thing. That's a great thing.

STU: Yeah. And I think we can also -- people say you can't say anything positive about Trump. We've done that today. People say you can't say anything positive about Obama. I think we can do that too.

GLENN: Did I miss something in his --

STU: In his press conference. He outlined something I think we really, really agree with. And listen.

OBAMA: I want to do some writing. I want be quiet a little bit.

GLENN: Oh.

OBAMA: Not hear myself talk so darn much.

STU: Us too.

GLENN: We're there.

PAT: We absolutely agree with that.

STU: We also don't want to hear you talk anymore.

PAT: I don't want to hear him at all.

STU: We can go even further than you.

PAT: 100,000 percent.

GLENN: We have come across lines, and we're holding hands with the president in his last day.

PAT: Wonderful. Wonderful.

STU: He wants to be quiet, and he doesn't want to hear himself talk so darn much. And we don't either.

PAT: And we want the same thing.

GLENN: Wow. There's so much -- and that's a basic fundamental principle of mine.

STU: Right.

GLENN: You know, not hearing him talk so much.

STU: More quiet time.

GLENN: More quiet time for Obama.

STU: Yes. We agree whole-heartedly.

GLENN: Less time with the pen and the phone. And we're going to get that too.

STU: That's nice.

GLENN: Can I take a moment here and just say, "We made it."

PAT: Well, it's tomorrow at noon.

STU: It's tomorrow. It's tomorrow.

PAT: Tomorrow at noon.

STU: Slow your roll. He's still in office.

GLENN: You're right. He's about to suspend the Constitution, declare marshal law, and not go through with the inauguration. Because I've heard that from a lot of people.

STU: A lot of people. And I don't agree with that part of it. However, there were a dozen or two dozen regulations that were pushed through today. I don't have the list of them yet. But something in there can be quite terrible. We still expect him to pardon dozens and dozens and dozens of people that could be dangerous criminals.

GLENN: No. You don't put -- you don't put dozens of regulations through on your last day that are controversial.

STU: No. And you don't pardon the really controversial -- remember, this is a guy who a couple days ago pardoned a -- a terrorist who was targeting the overthrow of the government from --

GLENN: From Puerto Rico.

STU: From Puerto Rico.

GLENN: And bombed government buildings here in the United States. And was planning on bombing several places in Chicago.

STU: They found his apartment stuffed with C4, preparing for these actions.

GLENN: Unrepentant and an avowed communist, who still wants the communist state.

STU: And that was the opening act.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: They said today, it's going to be substantially more of pardons and commutations.

GLENN: You're right. He's already done 209.

PAT: Well, that was the other day. He's done 1597 commutations and pardons during his presidency. Almost 1600. And it will certainly surpass that today.

STU: By far the most. It was 273, just the other day. Two hundred nine commutations, sixty-four pardons.

PAT: Just the other day.

GLENN: Okay. So 209. And they said it's going to be substantially more today. It's kind of like, what is a few? Is a few three or is a few five? What does substantially more mean to this president?

STU: Because the way it was written, in theory, it could mean there will be a significant amount more, right? So like you had --

GLENN: It said substantially more.

STU: It said substantially more. So it could be another 50. Like that's a substantial amount, right? That's in addition to the 273.

PAT: Or it could be 500.

STU: The way I read it was substantially more that 273. So I don't know which one it's going to be.

GLENN: Right. I think it's more than 273. I think substantially more -- the way I read that, I'm expecting 1,000.

STU: You know what I was expecting -- I was thinking yesterday -- you made the great point yesterday, let's say in theory he just decided to -- everyone who had a marijuana-only conviction in prison, he could just say let them go. And I thought that was an interesting point. I don't know how you could do that pragmatically. You have to do them all individually.

GLENN: Are you in federal prison for marijuana?

STU: You can be, yeah. So theoretically, you know, that could happen. But, again, you'd have to do them all individually. He would have to be preparing for this for a long time. The other one that popped into my head on that same road though was, what about immigration? He knows that Donald Trump has been running on, we're not going to get rid of any of these dream acts. These executive orders. Couldn't he go through and pick whatever his 20, 50, 100, 1,000 best cases are as far as immigration law and exempt them from prosecution on those things?

PAT: Uh-huh.

STU: Because they're not citizens, there might be a weird line there, but in theory, he could probably do that to a lot of people before he walks out and implement his law -- and that would not be one that Trump would reverse.

GLENN: No, he can't. Because it's not executive order. This is presidential privilege.

STU: Yeah, presidential pardon. He's in the Constitution. He's allowed to do it.

PAT: And there's the Hillary thing. Will he pardon her in advance of any --

GLENN: No. Because nobody is going to go --

STU: Trump has pretty much said that. I don't want to hassle the family anymore, is pretty much what he said.

GLENN: No, she's done. She's gone, and they're not going to do a thing about it.

STU: I will say, someone polled the New York mayoral race. And Clinton was up by something like 20 points over de Blasio. So she -- I mean, that's still a big gig. If she wants a role like that, she might be able to get it. She might not be gone.

GLENN: Go ahead, New York. Take her.

STU: She would probably be better than de Blasio, to be honest.

GLENN: Oh, yeah, she would be. She would be.

STU: They're both nightmares. But she probably would actually be better for New York.

GLENN: Yeah. And the crime families would like her too.

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