Glenn Beck: Obama surprise?

GLENN: I'm driving in today and I'm listening to Fox News and they mention that there is a very big shoe to fall tomorrow. Now, it's not them that mentioned it. It's a Democrat who was on saying the Republican dirty tricks department is at it again and there's this giant shoe to fall tomorrow on Barack Obama's wife, and this Democratic operative says, "And I hear this from very good sources." And they said, well, what is it? He said, I just, I don't even want to repeat it. It's just, it's bad. It's really, really bad. And I'm thinking to myself, why would a Democratic operative say this? And then I thought, okay. Well, maybe he's trying to manage expectations. Maybe he's trying to make it worse than it really is because my gosh. I mean, I tried to think in the car what it could possibly be that would destroy Barack Obama's -- I think you could find -- I think you could find the Bruno Magli shoes in his closet along with O.J.'s knife and he still would be like, same old smear tactics. It's her blood that was smeared. Yeah, Republican -- I don't think anything will stop this guy. So I couldn't imagine what it might be. And then I started searching the blogs and I came in and like, oh, yeah, Jim Geraghty's been on for a while from the National Review and Jim is really quite a reliable source and is not going to be the kind of guy that, you know, delves into Republican dirty tricks. And he says he doesn't buy it at all.



Jim Geraghty of National Review Online

Jim?

GERAGHTY: Glenn.

GLENN: Tell me what the rumor is.

GERAGHTY: Sure.

GLENN: On what people have on Michelle Obama. And first of all, I don't think this is true. Do you think it's true?

GERAGHTY: No. It was a point yesterday when I thought there might have been something going on but I am now much more upset that basically there's been a rumor going around for probably about two weeks now. And the person who was citing this most is Larry Johnson who's a former Clinton administration state department official. He's a guy who wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in August 2001 saying how the threat of terrorism was overhyped, as what someone described the worst timed op-ed in the history of mankind. Periodically is kind of a talking head for leftist center shows, et cetera. He's very much a strong supporter for Hillary Clinton, very much a strong supporter, Barack Obama. His allegation is there's a videotape out there against Michelle Obama railing against whitey and that was presumably a direct quote of what she was saying.

GLENN: Whitey?

GERAGHTY: Whitey, uh-huh.

GLENN: Are you sure they weren't just talking? Because we have -- Barack Obama's advisor calls in once in a while, Honky Whitesville, and I don't know if that's the same person. Maybe Honky Whitesville just got in trouble or something. So she was railing against whitey. Do we know about what?

GERAGHTY: No. And the other thing is just to let you know his description of it, the other thing in the initial description which sounded weird is they said allegedly it was she was doing it from the pulpit of Trinity United. And that was one of the first things that kind of smelled funny coming off of this.

GLENN: Why?

GERAGHTY: We've seen Michelle Obama say some pretty controversial things. So the idea of her saying something controversial in her past of itself isn't shocking. But I wasn't familiar enough with Trinity United that they allow someone to just step up, a member of the congregation to just get up and start saying whatever they like.

GLENN: And they also have, they seem to have extensive video vaults at the church.

GERAGHTY: Yeah. And so it's just kind of tough to believe that this is out there somewhere. And the other thing that Johnson kept insisting was that the Republicans had this, the Hillary Clinton folks didn't. Now, I don't know about you but the idea, the chain of custody of someone who would have something that damaging, he is more likely to end up in the hands of a Hillary supporter or a source who would want to put it in the hands of Hillary than in the hands of Republicans. Trinity United is not exactly a hotbed of Republican activity. You know, but maybe there's one guy there. Then yesterday, as early as last weekend he said, I'm going to have it updated at 9:00 on Monday and it's going to be big. So everybody's expecting they are going to get to see the tape. And he said, he heard from five people who have seen it and not only that, Louis Farrakhan is on the stage when she says this. And then everyone starts, you know, kind of grumbling, looking around and stuff like that. The other reporters who are looking into this. And after it was posted at 9:00, a whole bunch of their folks called back and said, oh, I forgot to tell you Louis Farrakhan oh on the tape, too.

GLENN: How do you forget Louis Farrakhan sitting next to --

GERAGHTY: Exactly.

GLENN: -- Michelle Obama while she's talking about whitey.

GERAGHTY: That's the kind of detail that's easy to overlook, huh, Glenn?

GLENN: Yeah. "Oh, I didn't even -- I forgot Louis Farrakhan was there. Yeah, that's right."

GERAGHTY: Bit by bit this is starting to not make -- and the other thing which is worth noting is that it's just this sense of, it's always, it's never the Hillary camp that has this, it's always the Republicans that have it

GLENN: Sure.

GERAGHTY: Of course the timing of it is scary enough to freak out the superdelegates, to terrify them so they can hesitate before coming out for Obama. It's the last chance for Hillary to -- or not even Hillary, for fans of Hillary to play this kind of card and so it's just one of those things where you just kind of -- the one thing that had me something of a believer was yesterday morning there's a post on a liberal blog called blue man tribune that gives the interpretation saying, no, no, no, if you see the tape it really says not whitey but "Why did he." And she's slurring her words together and it sounds like she's saying "Whitey." And I heard -- I read that and I'm like, huh, that kind of sounds like -- if somebody's putting out this defense and they don't give any sense of where it's coming from, go to a liberal blog and they say, maybe they know somebody in the Obama campaign or maybe they know somebody who was at that particular event. If there's a sting coming out, that would suggest the Tape exists and if the tape does have her saying something like this and they are trying so explain what she's saying and it's not the worst possible interpretation. Well, late in the day I find out this liberal blog wasn't quoting a source, this wasn't based on a conversation. This was entirely speculation of what was on this tape. There was no source for it or anything like that. So I learned my lesson to never, ever, ever trust a liberal blog again.

GLENN: So the guy I saw on Fox today, he's a Clinton supporter. And I thought, boy, this is awfully odd that he would bring this up and he would, you know, say that Republicans are doing this. It makes perfect sense when you start to think, this is just a tactic to scare the superdelegates.

GERAGHTY: Yeah. I mean --

GLENN: I mean, it doesn't get any sleazier than this.

GERAGHTY: Why is he so strangely reticent about saying what's on the tape or whatever this big shoe to drop is? Now all of a sudden the cat's got his tongue? Now he doesn't do anything he wants to do? Yeah.

GLENN: Yeah. Well, no, he just didn't want to be a part of it. He didn't want to be a part of that rumor mongering, yeah. Look, can we just, can we just keep this between us and the most watched television cable show? I mean, yeah. Yeah, Bob, it's just us. It's just us. All right.

GERAGHTY: The other, a note that makes an interesting point for your listeners. After I heard about this yesterday, I heard it from a guy who said he spent most of 1988 trying to track down an alleged photo of (inaudible) throwing feces at the American flag back in the Sixties and the didn't exist, either. I remember a number of stories of the six years of Hillary Clinton burning the flag in the Sixties. Apparently this is a perennial legend that the wife of a Democratic nominee is either a tape of them doing something terribly shocking and appalling.

GLENN: I don't think anything -- but I don't think, Jim, I think we could have videotape of her making out with Karl Marx and it would -- no, seriously.

GERAGHTY: I think if you have video of her pulling the trigger from a grassy knoll that maybe Democrats would reconsider it.

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.