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).

The current riots and movement to erase America's history are exactly in line with the New York Times' "1619 Project," which argues that America was rotten at its beginning, and that slavery and systemic racism are the roots of everything from capitalism to our lack of universal health care.

On this week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck exposed the true intent of the "1619 Project" and its creator, who justifies remaking America into a Marxist society. This clever lie is disguised as history, and it has already infiltrated our schools.

"The '1619 Project' desperately wants to pass itself off as legitimate history, but it totally kneecaps itself by ignoring so much of the American story. There's no mention of any black Americans who succeeded in spite of slavery, due to the free market capitalist system. In the 1619 Project's effort to take down America, black success stories are not allowed. Because they don't fit with the narrative. The role of white Americans in abolishing slavery doesn't fit the narrative either," Glenn said.

"The agenda is not ultimately about history," he added. "It's just yet another vehicle in the fleet now driven by elites in America toward socialism."

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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We're going to be doing an amazing broadcast on Thursday, July 2nd, and we will be broadcasting a really important moment. It is restoring truth. It is restoring our history. It is asking to you make a covenant with God. The covenant that was made by the Pilgrims. And it's giving you a road map of things that we can do, to be able to come back home, together.

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