Glenn Beck: Joe Biden gaffe machine

Biden "No Coal Plants Here in America"

(Obama is for coal plants...)

Biden Gaffe: Asks a Gentleman in a Wheelchair to Stand Up

Biden on FDR's experience and management of the 1929 crash

(Hoover was President in 1929 and the speech he's referring to wasn't on television as it had yet to be released to consumers)

GLENN: Dan, can you take me to the take me to Joe Biden, will you? Here's the latest Joe Biden that's a personal favorite of mine.

BIDEN: Part of what a leader does is to instill confidence, is demonstrate that he or she knows what they're talking about and communicates to people.

GLENN: Stop, stop, stop, stop. Hang on just a sec. Stu, I want can we make a list here? Because my pen just went dry.

STU: We want to know what his job is?

GLENN: I want to know what his job is. Part of what a leader does, what was it, Dan?

BIDEN: Part of what a leader does is to instill confidence.

GLENN: Okay, stop. Instills confidence.

BIDEN: Is to instill confidence and demonstrate that he or she knows what they're talking about.

GLENN: Stop, stop. That he or she knows what he or she is talking about.

BIDEN: And communicates to people. If you listen to me and follow what I'm suggesting we can

GLENN: Stop, stop, stop. If you listen and then can convince people, and can convince people hang on. This is starting to sound like Jesus I'm sorry Obama.

(Angel music).

GLENN: If he could just convince me that if we just listen to him and follow him, he can fix this problem. That's great.

STU: I think convincing people you can fix the problem starts with really understanding how we got there, what the history is.

GLENN: You've got to know these things. That was covered in point number two, wasn't it?

STU: Demonstrate that you know what you're talking about, instill confidence.

GLENN: There's more. Go ahead. We've learned what he has to do. Okay, good. So

BIDEN: We can fix this. Stock market crash, Franklin Roosevelt got on television and didn't just talk about, you know, the princes of greed. He said, look, here's what happened.

GLENN: Okay, okay, okay. Hang on.

STU: Why are you laughing? He was in the middle of

GLENN: I know, during the stock market crash in '29.

STU: Demonstrate he knows what he's talking about and convincing people he can fix the problem.

GLENN: Right. He didn't just go after the ministers of greed, which is exactly what Roosevelt did. Unfortunately he did it on radio, not television. And a few years after the stock market crash because Hoover was the President! Of course also the inventor of the vacuum cleaner.

STU: So he instilled confidence there.

GLENN: No, he didn't no, uh uh.

STU: You are now confident that he knows


STU: He's imagined other scenarios that could have happened in the Great Depression.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: He's demonstrating he knows what he's talking about. He predicted no, listen. He predicted that the television was coming.

GLENN: But he's already missing the television coverage it's like he didn't know that it was on radio.

STU: The television was coming. He predicted that Roosevelt would be President. And imagine what would have happened and he's convincing people that if Roosevelt were President on TV, that wouldn't be the right thing. Joe Biden is the correct this guy could be a heartbeat away from the presidency any day. I mean

GLENN: Give me some of the other Joe Biden stuff today. Give me some of the other Joe Biden stuff today, will you? Who was the one you know, I just heard today for the first time, and I just love this. I know I read about it and everything else, we talked about it, but I haven't actually heard about it. Do you have the "Come on, Senator, stand up, Senator, go ahead. Give those legs a try." Who was the senator he was talking about? Some state senator, right?

STU: Yeah, I'm not sure of the name, but I can say that he was instilling confidence in him. You should stand up, you should be able to have the confidence to rise.

GLENN: Yeah, he was in a wheelchair.

STU: Right. And then he was demonstrating he knew what he was talking about.

GLENN: No, because he was in a wheelchair. The guy can't stand up.

STU: Right, but he knew that afterwards and corrected it. He convinced people he can fix the problem. He was saying stand up; that would fix his problem. If the guy would have stood up, he would have been able to walk, he wouldn't have needed the wheelchair.

GLENN: He should have known that he was not....

(Savior of the universe music).

GLENN: Only Barack Obama can look at a man in a wheelchair and say, Senator, rise up!

(Savior of the universe music).

GLENN: Only Barack can do that. Instead Joe Biden does this.

BIDEN: I also am told that Chuck Graham, state senator is here. Chuck, stand up, Chuck. Oh, God love you. What am I talking about? I tell you what, you're making everybody else stand up, though, pal. Thank you very, very much.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh, stop! Can you stand up for Chuck? Unless you're in a wheelchair. Oh, dear God, I'm in a nursing home. Oh, boy. I didn't realize I was speaking at the convention of MS. I holy cow, I just thought these were convenient chairs. I'm so sorry. Jeez! Can you imagine if George W. Bush no, no. No. What's the guy that made the JFK movie, got the new one coming out on W? Oh, pinhead, he changes history and everything. Named Nixon? You know who I'm talking about?

STU: Why his name?

GLENN: Because we're smart, we've got other things in our head besides this loser's name. What's his name? Do you know how to use a computer or are you John McCain?

STU: Well, I

GLENN: Is that what it is?

STU: Are you trying to make some sort of a

GLENN: John McCain doesn't he can't use a computer. He doesn't use it. He doesn't like it. He doesn't understand it. He's old. He was watching Woodrow Wilson on TV.

STU: Oliver Stone. That takes so long. I have no brain.

GLENN: That's a good thing. A badge of honor man, Oliver Stone. So can you imagine if Oliver Stone were a conservative and Joe Biden would have said that? Can you imagine what would have can you imagine if Michael Moore were a conservative and he would have said something like this? Play that again. That's just amazing to me. Play these, just these two clips back to back and listen to this guy.

BIDEN: And I also am told that Chuck Graham, state senator is here. Chuck, stand up, Chuck, let everybody see you. Oh, God love you. What am I talking about? I tell you what, you're making everybody else stand up, though, pal. Thank you very, very much. I tell you what, stand up for Chuck.

GLENN: Holy and then this one.

BIDEN: Part of what a leader does is to instill confidence and demonstrate that he or she knows what they're talking about and communicates to people. If you listen to me and follow what I'm suggesting, we can fix this. In the stock market crash Franklin Roosevelt got on television and didn't just talk about, you know, the princes of greed. He said, look, here's what happened.

GLENN: No, he got on and talked about the princes of greed, but it was on radio and it was in 1933 or '34! That's when he did it! It was Hoover. And then, of course, Joe Biden does this.

COURIC: Are you disappointed with the tone of the campaign, the lipstick on the pig stuff and some of the ads? And you guys haven't been completely guilt free making fun of John McCain's inability to use a computer?

BIDEN: I thought that was terrible.

COURIC: Why did you do it then?

BIDEN: I didn't know if we did it. And if I knew we did it, we would have never done it. If Barack you know, I just think that was

GLENN: (Laughing). Stop.

STU: That's the greatest

GLENN: This was the greatest thing. This has made McCain/Feingold worth it. This has made McCain/Feingold worth it. John McCain, this will be the one and only time I thank you for your stupid, stupid bill that requires people to say, "I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message." Thank you, John McCain. Then here's Joe Biden, "I didn't approve that and I don't think Barack Obama approved... apples, this guy has apple juice. Who wants apple juice? What is that, a stick burning? I've got to go, bye." I mean, it's unbelievable. And for some reason the press just... it's just Joe being Joe.

STU: We have to see if Joe did his did he do his list of tasks on that one? Did he instill confidence?

GLENN: Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. Instill confidence? Yeah, he was instilling confidence. That was wrong.

STU: He confidently said it was terrible.

GLENN: Yeah, it was terrible.

STU: He confidently said his own job was bad.

GLENN: But he didn't approve it. No, no, but he thought it was terrible. He didn't approve it. "I'm Barack Obama and I approved this message."

STU: Look, I don't think Barack approved... would you like a prune? I don't think he approved

GLENN: That was a Barack Obama impersonator.

STU: Yeah, totally.

GLENN: "I'm Barack Obama and I'm an impersonator of this message."

STU: Did he demonstrate that he knew what he was talking about. If he didn't know what he was talking about, he would have said, "I don't think Barack Obama approved of that message." But he knows that he did. He demonstrated by stopping three quarters of the way through the sentence.

GLENN: You could just see. It was like, you know, the train lights. You know how the gates come down and you're like, bing, bing, bing, bing, bing, bing, bing, bing. You know, the gates come down and the big red lights. You know that's what was going on in his head. Play that audio again. Just imagine the train coming. Go ahead.

BIDEN: I thought that was terrible.

COURIC: Why did you do it then?

BIDEN: I didn't know we did it and if I knew we did it, I would have never done it and I don't think Barack I just think

GLENN: Go back. I thought she said it, I thought she came in. (Laughing). "No, I didn't do it."

STU: He gets all the way to the name before he figures out he needs to stop.

GLENN: It's like, holy cow, there's a train. And then here's the train. Do it again. Do it again.

(Audio playing).

GLENN: Stop. Stop. Katie, you're just like, oh, good God, it's a freight train and it looks just like Katie Couric.

STU: Katie Couric does a great job there because she just says, well, why did you do it then? (Laughing).

GLENN: (Laughing). I can't believe it. In one break I said thanks to John McCain for the McCain/Feingold ad, and Katie Couric was great, wasn't she?

STU: Wait, wait. The third Joe Biden requirement of his job, we have to see if he's done that. Convince people he can fix the problem.

GLENN: Yes. Yes, I'm convinced. He shut his mouth halfway through.

STU: He's always doing his job, this guy.

It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?

There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…

But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…

John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...

Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…

A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...

Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…

And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…

When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…

"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…

At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…

Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…

This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…

It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.