Glenn Beck: The Blind Side



In a Heartbeat Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving


Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy with Sally Jenkins

GLENN: Before we introduce this couple, if you saw the movie The Blind Side with what's her name, Sandra Bullock, you saw a family that is quite honestly the most amazing family I think I have ever, ever seen. My wife and I, we watched the movie and we expected there had to be a catch. There had to be. A conservative, a Christian in a Hollywood movie. Had to be a catch. Had to — she had, you know, main character had to come out in the end and just be like, and another thing, I've been popping pills and I just murdered somebody. You expected it, because Jesus told me to do it. You expected it at the end from a Hollywood movie, and it didn't happen. The real people, Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, are here in the studio and I want to welcome both of them here. And Leigh Anne, I have to tell you, we walked back in the studio after meeting you and you are exactly, exactly the way you are portrayed in the movie.

PAT: Kind of no nonsense, aren't you?

LEIGH ANNE: No nonsense.

GLENN: I asked ‑‑ and I'm not used to having somebody scold me on books quite honestly. I don't think I've ever had an author do that. But I said, so is this, is this the first book? Because I haven't read it yet. And I said, is this the book the movie was based on or how does — and she looked at both of us and said, y'all are stupid, aren't you?

LEIGH ANNE: I expected more out of you guys. I thought you were on top of your game. I'm sorry.

PAT: No.

GLENN: No.

PAT: No, not really.

GLENN: No, lower the expectations.

PAT: Expecting way too much, yeah, way too much.

GLENN: Lower the expectations.

LEIGH ANNE: Okay, I had the bar too high.

GLENN: Look at her. She really is.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Sean.

SEAN: Yeah.



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GLENN: How difficult is it in life, really? I mean, are there times when you are just —

LEIGH ANNE: This is not going to bash Leigh Anne show.

PAT: No, it's not.

GLENN: No, the it's not.

SEAN: I like the way this is going. There's about six feet between us and I can get to the door quicker and I like it. This is good.

GLENN: It's not bash ‑‑ look, you are angry. You are angry.

SEAN: No, no, that's her.

PAT: She is going to smack you upside the head.

GLENN: She is. All right. So tell me, In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving. I think the problem with our country is not capitalism, not the free market system, none of that stuff. It's greed. We expect it all, demand it all, and you can't have it all, but you can have an awful lot. But you guys, I mean, I really tell you, there are two movies that I have seen, and the two movies that I think are so inspiring because they're real was Radio. I don't know if you ever saw that.

SEAN: Sure.

GLENN: Radio and your story. It is truly amazing. Now, how do we take what you guys do and move it into reality?

SEAN: Oh, actually going to let me talk. They already know that Sandra Bullock portrayed you as nicer than you are in the movie.

PAT: (Laughing).

SEAN: You've already ruined it.

GLENN: So now I ask, may I ask a question? Wait, hang on just a second. We need a split screen. We need to have both.

PAT: We need a shot of Leigh Anne because the —

GLENN: We need both of them on the screen.

PAT: The expression on her face was pretty priceless.

GLENN: This is really quite amazing.

SEAN: It is what it is.

GLENN: Now she's got her tongue in her cheek. Now she's got the — my 4‑year‑old does that, Leigh Anne. My 4‑year‑old puts the tongue in the cheek like, don't mess with me, Dad.

SEAN: Well, you know, what we wanted from the book and, you know, we're certainly not born authors. So it wasn't some plan and agenda and all that kind of stuff. But when we were talking about it, we said, you know, what we didn't want to happen was for people to look at the movie and get intimidated by the process. I mean, because this whole thing started by my wife telling me two words which was when we were driving past Michael that morning, she said, turn around. And that's where the name of the book came from, In a Heartbeat. Because that's how fast our lives changed. Notice I haven't talked about money yet. Notice I haven't talked about, you know, magnitude of anything. It basically starts with one small gesture, and that's what we wanted to make sure people knew that, you know, we were up on screen, but we've been across this country now for the last six months and we've met some incredible people. Movies could have been a lot better about them. And so we wanted to tell people, don't be intimidated by the process but do something, and today's a good day to start. And the subtitle, Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving is we firmly believe, I mean, you know, it's biblical if you want to go there, which is fine for us.

GLENN: Fine for us.

SEAN: But even if you don't want to go there, it just makes sense that a cheerful giver is not only one that will do it again but is recognized by the receiver in such a way that it's received even better. So what we're talking about is there's so much power in cheerful giving, it's good to give. Keep giving, keep writing checks if you are doing it. But if you don't do it with a cheerful heart, you are missing out.

GLENN: I have a friend who told me this weekend, he is the guy who invented the plastic fork and spoon and knife and he's quite amazing. He grew up in a house with cardboard walls, broke beyond your imagination. Had one shirt as a teenager. That was it. Now multibillionaire. Going to die broke. He's giving it all away.

SEAN: How about that.

GLENN: He told me — his son was kidnapped because of their wealth. He was giving — I started to give all of his wealth away, and his son was kidnapped. And he told me as we sat around a picnic the other day on the Fourth of July weekend, he said, Glenn, he said, when they came in to rescue my son, we didn't think we would get him back, he said, they rescued my son and he said they had knife marks all over his neck where he had been held at knifepoint. The FBI agent was killed in the rescue. He said, when we got him back, he said, I gathered the family together and he said, we all cried and hugged and then we got down on our knees and we prayed that — we prayed we were grateful, we prayed for the family of the FBI agent, and we prayed that the Lord would hide this from our hearts that we would never associate charity with this event.

SEAN: Right.

GLENN: Have you guys — that's an extreme, but I think everybody goes through something where you are like, I've just been scammed.

SEAN: Yeah.

GLENN: Or I've — did you ever?

LEIGH ANNE: No. I mean, we have raised the three kids, and Sean and I believed way before them that, you know, they've got money in their console. When they flip to a red light if a guy's got a sign that says I work for money or I need gas or food or whatever, give them money. Because we have been blessed with the ability to give, and God will judge our heart because that's what we're supposed to do. If those people take it and they shouldn't take it and they are taking it for the wrong reasons, then God will judge their heart for that.

GLENN: Right.

LEIGH ANNE: We have to do the right thing, and that's what we talk about in this book, that doing the right thing is to help the guy standing next to you in the theater line or, you know, that's at the bus stop waiting. How do you know that that person is not another Michael Oher? And there are so many people in this country that just need opportunity and hope, and it will change a life. I mean, we've gotten to see behind the curtain. We know it works.

PAT: I don't know if we explained at the beginning. For those who haven't seen Blind Side, the movie or read the book, Blind Side is based on your guys' true story, Leigh Anne and Sean. They found a homeless man. He was going to school.

GLENN: How old was he? 16?

LEIGH ANNE: 16.

PAT: So he was a kid. And you took him into your house, an African‑American, took him into your house. He was a — he had talent. You apparently helped nurture that talent. He later went on to play major college football and is now a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

GLENN: Yeah, you have to see this movie or read the book.

PAT: It's unbelievable.

GLENN: It's unbelievable because that just sounds like rags to riches. I mean, I got to the end of —

PAT: It's an amazing story of love.

GLENN: It is.

PAT: And charity.

GLENN: And just being the people you are supposed to be. I got to the part of the story where they start looking at you two as, well, you are just doing this for the money, you are doing this — and Leigh Anne, that wasn't one of those moments that just —

LEIGH ANNE: No, there's stupid people everywhere. You just have to ignore them.

GLENN: I know. You pointed two of them out in the hallway before the interview.

LEIGH ANNE: Sorry. Well, there are. I mean, we just ignore those people. You know, for a while that got under my skin and they bother me but, you know, the good so outweighs the bad that we just don't dwell on it. And, you know, for a long time I would just confront people when I would hear they would say things, and it doesn't — I didn't care where they were or what city. I'd call them and go, did you say this? Did you really say? And they would go, well, that's not what I meant. I'd go, that's what you said. And then I just got to where, what does it do because most of the time they cow down and don't admit to doing it. So, you know, people need to worry about their own house. And when they get their house and their life straight, then worry about mine.

GLENN: Sean —

SEAN: I sleep with one eye open if you hadn't noticed.

GLENN: How did you two meet?

SEAN: Actually I was playing basketball for the University of Mississippi. My wife was a cheerleader. And back then we didn't have those long obnoxious shorts that they wear now and so she said my legs attracted her.

LEIGH ANNE: It is in the book, Glenn. If you would read the book, you would know that.

GLENN: I don't read books.

LEIGH ANNE: I mean, hello.

PAT: Most of that's in the movie as well.

LEIGH ANNE: I'm calling you tomorrow. You better have read the book. It's a short read. I know you can do it.

GLENN: Here's the —

LEIGH ANNE: It's a good book.

GLENN: I don't think I — I just don't think I've experienced this in quite a long time. Yes, ma'am, I will.

SEAN: Thank you. That's where it was going to go. So you went there quicker than most.

GLENN: Sean, how long, if there was an end to this, how long did it last before you were terrified — before you stopped being terrified of this woman?

SEAN: Well, as the —

GLENN: Look at her look around at you like —

SEAN: As the book says, we got married when she told us it was time to get married. And we basically do the same — you know, the comfort to being afraid of her is that the entire — the entire city is. So I have a lot, lot of company. The bad thing is now there's two of them with Sandra Bullock and now we're outnumbered.

GLENN: She should have gotten the — she should have gotten the —

SEAN: She did.

GLENN: She did get the Oscar?

LEIGH ANNE: Oh, my gosh. Oh, my gosh!

PAT: There you go calling stupid again.

LEIGH ANNE: Oh, my gosh. The short school bus obviously picked you up every morning!

PAT: (Laughing).

GLENN: Sean —

SEAN: Yeah.

GLENN: Do you want to have her — do you want to talk about progressivism? You want to talk about Woodrow Wilson? You want to talk about FDR? You want to talk about the meltdown of the economy?

LEIGH ANNE: Glenn, I'm here to talk about my book and you didn't even know Sandra Bullock won the Oscar? You live under a freaking rock!

GLENN: You are enjoying this, aren't you?

PAT: Very much.

SEAN: Everybody's enjoying it.

PAT: Very much, yes, thank you. Very much.

SEAN: You get to stay here. We get to leave. So how do you think I feel?

GLENN: Not well. Not well.

SEAN: There you go.

PAT: You are going to feel a lot worse later on, too, I have a feeling.

GLENN: I am ‑‑ I'm sorry that I haven't had a chance to read your book.

SEAN: (Laughing).

GLENN: I have been a little busy.

SEAN: Obviously.

GLENN: I try to read all of the authors. I have —

LEIGH ANNE: I used to watch your TV show.

GLENN: You don't watch. You don't even know who I am.

LEIGH ANNE: Uh‑huh.

GLENN: You don't — you see, that was a lie.

SEAN: Well, because we put it on ‑‑

GLENN: That was a lie.

SEAN: No, we put it on to watch Shep and we don't take it off.

GLENN: So I'm on by default.

SEAN: Well, you are there.

LEIGH ANNE: I didn't say why you were on. I just said I watch your show.

GLENN: I've seen your book. The name of the book is In a Heartbeat. Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy. It is — well, I wish I could tell you about the book but I haven't read it. It is — I do know this. I may not know who won the Oscar, but I do know this. Remarkable, remarkable people.

LEIGH ANNE: Thank you.

GLENN: And I know very few people that you can model your life after. I know one personally in my life that is somebody that is a beacon of charity. When I saw the movie, I didn't think you guys really existed, and it is great, really, truly a privilege to meet you and it is great to have you as examples. There are very few of them. Thank you.

SEAN: We appreciate that. Thank you.

LEIGH ANNE: Thank you so much.

GLENN: And I hope your book just tanks.

LEIGH ANNE: (Laughing).

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I want to talk to you about something that probably didn't make a lot of sense a long time ago. In fact, I can't tell you how many program directors and how many stations threatened to cancel. Or how many calls I got from the average listener saying; What the hell are you even talking about when I talked about, the leadership of Martin Luther King.

I have done everything I can — as much as I possibly can — to teach you about Martin Luther King and nonviolent protests. And I don't think there's anybody in the media who has talked about nonviolence longer and more in-depth on commercial airwaves than me. Preachers, certainly. But commercial airwaves — I don't think anybody has.

Now I think many are beginning to understand why I tried to lay that foundation. I have told you since September 11th that I have this feeling you are going to be the group of people that will, in the end, save the republic.

I've always believed that. I don't know how it's saved. It might just be preserved in our hearts, I don't know. But I believe it now.

I never wanted us to get to this point — everything I've done is to prevent us from getting here. But everybody is so politically tied to their side that no one will let their shields down and actually listen to one another.

And we're at that desperate point now.

You are equipped to save the republic because you at least hopefully have a fundamental understanding of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. And you have at least a basic understanding of American history. More importantly, what makes this audience so phenomenal is that it is the most generous and service-minded audience of any show in America and perhaps the world.

That's part of what continues to be so frustrating about the Capitol invasion last week. Because you're being maligned.

You.

I know who you are. This is the most peaceful, generous, loving, God-fearing, authentic and patriotic audience in America. And you are frustrated and you are tired of being hit in the face and being called bigot and everything else no matter what you do.

I've been called an anti-Semite just in the last 24 hours by everybody, unjustly.

I get it.

You are now being tainted by the actions of complete imbeciles who do not represent you and me. It's not fair. But that's the hand that we're being dealt and God is in charge and He is not surprised.

We know the left's current tactics fail in the long run. Silencing. Canceling. Taking away rights.

We know the left's current tactics fail in the long run. Silencing. Canceling. Taking away rights. These are the hallmarks of regime, after regime, after Marxist regime on the ash heaps of history. Now China is still there because they've taken the so-called free market and took the capitalist system and they combined it with their Marxist utopia.

I don't know what's going to happen to the people over there. Especially seeing that our high-tech has joined them to weed out the dissidents. But it's not inevitable that we join them.

And it is going to require us to take a stand. Just not in the way that most people — especially if they're angry — think is most effective. Look at the ratings of BLM. 78 percent of Americans, at the beginning of the summer, thought that they were swell.

That number is in the low 20s now. Why? Because violence doesn't work.

I don't know if you saw the fellowship of the ring, but if you did, do you remember when Frodo said: "I don't want to do this!"

He's lamenting having to face down the evil and he's just one guy. I'll never forget it because it was right after 9/11, that the movie came out. I'll never forget Gandalf's reply. He said: "So do we all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what we're going to do with the time that is given us."

We can't decide what others are going to do. We can't control the dangerous Orwellian darkness that seems to be descending on America. All we can control is our response and strive to lead by example. If you know anyone in your sphere of influence who might be planning to attend one of these armed rallies in the coming days, beg them not to go. Do everything you can to stop them.

That's not a way to take a stand and it will not protect anything you hold dear and it will endanger the republic. It is what the other side wants.

So how do we take a stand?

The first thing I need you to do today is to help lower the temperature. It has been so hard for me not to respond to people on Twitter who have called me every name under the sun because I quoted the leading Holocaust historian last night on Tucker Carlson.

But see, that wasn't an attack on me, that was an attack on Tucker. If you can scare the guests from coming on to Tucker, you destroy Tucker. That's what they're doing.

Do not vent your anger on social media. At this point, it is probably just going to get your account shut down.

I want you to write this down and I want you to keep this in front of you.

Blessed are the peacemakers. For they will be called the children of God.

That means something today, much more than it did six months ago.

Blessed be the peacemakers.

Be a peacemaker.

And this is the hard part, you can't disconnect. Because things are moving too rapidly. You must stay plugged in.

But I want you to reach out to someone in kindness on social media. Encourage someone. Do not engage with the darkness. Be the light in the corner of your world.

You need to be a leader for what is to come.

And I know I'm asking you almost the impossible. I know you're angry and frustrated and it is gut-wrenching to feel that you're powerless to stop your nation from what you believe is sliding into the abyss.

You are not powerless. You are not voiceless.

I believe it too, with everything in me. I wish I was wrong. I hope that I am. I pray that I am. But know this: You are not powerless. You are not voiceless. You may be the only voice that anyone hears. Voices like mine will go away. I am trying to think of what I need to share with you before, God forbid, that ever happens. Because I cannot live with myself if I talked about something stupid politically and I find my voice silenced and then saying, I wish I would have said this or I wish I would have told them that.

You wield more power than you know. Not because of your voice or being able to call your congressman. You're more powerful than you know because you understand the real problem in America. The real problem in America is not political.

It is spiritual.

If you're like me when you get angry, you think that you are going to take on this challenge on your own — you are not being humble. You think you'll fix it. Everything that is happening to us is because we are an arrogant, out of control people.

We must humble ourselves. Please, you have the skill and the strength to endure the fiery darts that are going to come your way or already are. But this is a problem with our hearts.

You cannot reach someone's head without capturing their heart and no one is going to capture anyone's heart through violence.

Start in your own home and then reach out and if you're able, serve your neighbor. If you can, serve your local community. You must be a beacon of light in a very dark place. I'm going to ask you to do something you're really not going to like. And that's how I know things are from God. When I hear something or I think something and I'm like — oh crap, I don't want to do that — and you just know it it's right. You just know it's what God wants. And you're hoping that maybe you didn't hear it.

And it's so horrible. Because it's the last thing you want to do. But God is unlike many of our churches and preachers, He doesn't tell us what we want to hear. He doesn't have to pay for the church or get collection. Or be judged by how many people go.

Rise above the fray, with service and love, with malice toward none and charity toward all.

He'll say the same thing and he'll lose whole flocks. And they'll eventually start to go — oh wait, where is the Shepherd again?

But I have to tell you now some things that I want you to do. And they're not new. But I need you to hear me. I am asking you if you want to stand for the republic, I need you first to pray.

Pray like you've never prayed before. Pray for humility. Pray for guidance. Pray for peace. Pray for those people who you think you hate. Because you don't. Because hatred does not come from any good place.

Then I want you go out and serve someone in any way possible. On inauguration day especially, get your family and your children involved. Volunteer somewhere, take someone a meal. Do something to lift the spirits of hospital workers or your local police department.

Help a stranger mow a lawn, fix someone's car, pick up trash on the side of the highway. Do what you can do. But the most important thing is to do it with a sincere heart. And if someone asks you, why are you doing this? Just say, because I love my country.

Rise above the fray with service and love, with malice toward none and charity toward all.

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