GLENN: From Rockefeller Plaza in Midtown Manhattan, hello, you sick twisted freak. Welcome to the program. My name is Glenn Beck. I'm glad you're here. Ann Coulter was scheduled to be on the program today, but we cancelled her, right? Is that right, Dan?
STU: Yeah, she was cancelled because I don't know if you've been following this. She's been saying negative things about Obama and it's such a bummer.
GLENN: It is such a bummer and, gosh, we just don't want any downers on the program. You know what I mean?
DAN: No, no.
GLENN: It's not the kind of show that we've been doing, you know, where it's like, oh, jeez, another downer? Another problem?
STU: Well, you know, I've heard her over and over again. She keeps bringing up things like the policies he's going to try to do and it's so -- it's such a distraction from what we should be doing, which is celebrating that he's here for us.
GLENN: Here's the statement from NBC. I should say this is not a statement from NBC. This is an NBC insider that said that they did not put her on the Today Show after she was scheduled. They said that later they were overbooked. The insider said, "We're just not interested in anyone so highly critical of President-elect Obama right now. It's just such a downer. It's just not the time and it's not what our audience wants, either." You know, I believe that's not what the audience wants. I mean, does anybody really want, you know -- I guess there are people but not me. I don't want to dogpile on Barack Obama at this point, do you? Do you feel?
STU: Well, certainly it's not what NBC's audience wants.
GLENN: Well, wait a minute. Hang on just a second. I'm not asking what the audience wants. I'm asking you, do you feel like just dogpiling on Barack Obama at this point?
STU: This point I would say no because I want him to do something and hopefully he does everything perfectly. And if he does, I'll be more than happy to embrace him as the greatest President ever.
GLENN: Come on.
STU: No, no, I'm dead serious about that. If he gets into office and starts screwing up, then yes, I want to know.
GLENN: I mean, so far he looks like he's moving toward the center, which is not something that I trust per se because as he's moving toward the center -- you know what, we should embrace these tax cuts. He's also got massive amounts of spending. You know, there's -- but let's be honest, he hasn't done anything yet. So let's see what the man is going to do.
STU: Yeah. The much publicized move to the center, I have not seen anything yet that would disqualify anything that I thought of him in the campaign. But that being said, you get -- to me you get a clean slate when you start.
GLENN: Wait a minute. What was it that disqualified him or disqualified anything that he said from the beginning?
STU: What I'm saying is I had an opinion about him during the campaign, which I did not think he would be a good President. This supposed move to the center, nothing of that has proven to me that he's not going to be the guy I thought he was.
GLENN: No, because the guy I thought he was was not a -- was a guy who was just going to do whatever he had to do to be politically expedient. The guy didn't have -- no, no, wait. The guy doesn't have -- listen to his message. He didn't have anything. He didn't outline anything. When he said, "Oh, I'm going to bring change," et cetera, et cetera, we said what change? What change? There's no change. How does a guy come out of the dirtiest politics in the country unscathed without bringing anybody down, how does he do that and then say he's an agent of change? And what has he done? He's appointed all of the Clinton people.
GLENN: There's no change.
STU: Yes, there's no change from -- yeah, I agree with that completely.
STU: My thought of him, see, is going to be a hard, left-leaning President, he's going to do a lot of things that I don't agree with. I don't see him exactly as the sort of triangulater that you do.
GLENN: No, no, I don't say he's a triangulater in reality. I say he's a triangulater in message.
STU: I completely agree. But my point is even if he's going to be the most left wing President ever.
GLENN: He hasn't done he the yet.
STU: He's not President yet and until he enacts these things and pushes for them, I'm going to give him a pass until he does it.
GLENN: I believe the guy is a Marxist. Well, let's see how he is a Marxist. We've already seen all the evidence that he believes in that kind of philosophy. Well, okay, it's one thing to believe it and it's another thing to do it. Let's see him do it. We made the case that that's what he believes. Nobody seemed to care about it. So now let's see him do it.
STU: The American people decided that's what they wanted and they're going to get it. And until they do get it, though, I mean, he's our President and he's -- as I said, for right now Barack Obama, I give him a 100% approval rating.
GLENN: So that was the question. Do you really -- I mean, I don't want to dogpile on Barack Obama at this point because we've got four years to do it.
GLENN: Why don't we do it on actual facts.
STU: And you know what? There's things he's proposing you can pick apart.
STU: There's things that he's -- in his past that signify what he's going to do, and it's certainly worth dogpiling on a lot of that stuff but it's just, it's not -- you know, to me he gets a clean slate because he was elected fairly.
GLENN: Dan, could you do me a favor?
GLENN: Was Ann Coulter scheduled to be on at 6 minutes after the hour?
DAN: Yes, we're trying to track her down now.
GLENN: It's 11 minutes after the hour. Was she doing this just to victimize us so she would lose this slot for somebody else, she cancelled us because she knew we didn't want to jump down Barack Obama's throat because it's just such a downer? Is that what?
DAN: That's very possible. That's a good theory. I'll have to look into that. I think that might be possible.
GLENN: I really want to talk to her today, too, because I want to see what she has to say about Al Franken being seated.
DAN: She's apparently tied up, they are trying to call her cell, we're trying to call her here. Somebody may have kidnapped her.
STU: NBC. I think Keith Olbermann did it.
GLENN: You know, I have to tell you, the whole NBC thing really bothers me, really, really bothers me. By the way, did anybody see in the news yesterday that GE is finally going to be downgraded because of their financial problems? Do you remember when I said this? When was this, Stu? September, October? It was right after -- it was in October right when everything started to happen and I said -- were you there when I was sitting there with Joe, I know, and I thought you were there, too. And I said, it may just be that I look at the GE building every day and so I have it in my head, but I think that there are problems. This is when it was at $30 a share.
STU: No, because of their Capital division.
GLENN: Right. And I said, there are problems at GE, I'm telling you, GE is in real trouble. And I said at the time, I believe that's why GE made the decision to go MSNBC hard left, because they're going to need the government bailouts, they're all for global warming, for the, you know, for the sales of wind turbines and everything else that GE makes. GE's not making any money on refrigerators anymore. It's on wind turbines. It's on the green movement. That's where they could really make some money.
STU: Certainly their investment would pay off if, you know, if those things occurred. I still think they make a lot of money on refrigerators. I mean, I don't know that for a fact but I think they do pretty well.
GLENN: You know what, look it up. I bet you that the bulk of their money is made in energy, or would be made in energy if green came along.
STU: I don't know.
GLENN: I mean, they've been there for the whole time, they have been sitting there. Do you remember, who was it, Brian Williams talking about the Christmas tree lights and how great those knew Christmas tree lights and never disclosed that GE made those Christmas tree lights? And he did that whole big segment on, "Look at these, and they can be used for street lights in towns, towns and businesses are buying them all over the place. Gee, I wish I knew what company made these lights. It's General Electric! General Electric, don't they make washing -- oh, my gosh, I get my check from General Electric!" And nobody ever seems to point this out. And why did MSNBC go left? I think to get in with the administration that they know will further global warming. GE is the new Enron, and I mean that in the sense that who was the biggest proponent of capital and trade? Who was the biggest one? Who were the people that were like absolutely cap and trade, we've got to be out there pushing cap and trade? It was Enron.
Stu, what was the fact yesterday? We were in the meeting and we were talking about the company -- what was the company that got into the cap and trade business? Do you remember this? We were talking about it yesterday. The company that got into the cap and trade thing and what they did is they were given a 3% increase and they sold the -- they sold 2% of the increase, made billions of dollars?
STU: Yes, this was a German company, I believe. I don't remember the name of it, but they had sold -- they were the largest, I want to say the largest emitter of CO2 in Europe. Again this was a story we heard yesterday. So I could be totally mangling these things. But the basic premise was -- and this has happened, regardless of this exact story, this has happened all over the world with this program is that companies make sure, they lobby to get the credits higher so they can increase their pollution instead of decreasing it. And then that little extra room that they have --
GLENN: They sell.
STU: They sell to companies who weren't lucky enough to get the benefit of lobbying and getting the extra room. They make millions and millions and billions and all these dollars and then they are able to actually still wind up increasing their CO2 levels.
GLENN: Their CO2 levels. But it's again happening to the big guys. Because the big guys like GE, which is the largest lobbying group in the country, companies like GE have the money to lobby to make sure that the laws are written in a way that is beneficial for their company and harmful to other companies. You know, it's amazing to me how many times people are saying in Washington "They're too big to fail, they're too big to fail, they're too big to fail," when 70% of all jobs that are created in America are created by the small businessman. It's the small business that needs to be worried about, not the big business. Let the big boys take care of themselves. If they are so smart to be able to be, you know, the big boys, then they should be able to handle it themselves. And if they are not, they shouldn't be the big boys.