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GLENN: What I hesitated to come to you today with is my flaw, and it's a surprise to me that when I got up, I felt this way. And maybe it's just me but let me tell you what I'm feeling today. I got up this morning and I turn on Fox and they're all there. I mean, Roger Ailes, I mean, I thought he was a smart man, but God forbid if some death ray happens and everybody is vaporized in Washington. I think I'm the only Fox person that's not in Washington. So that would mean like I would be the only one left. That's not smart planning there, Roger. But beyond that, everybody was down in Washington and they've got Bob Beckel on who is a partisan Democrat kind of guy. And on a day when Barack Obama is saying that we all need to come together and on a day when I believe that conservatives -- I mean, decent Americans. I'm not talking about, like I said on the TV show last night, the 15% on either side that only cares about the donkey or elephant. They don't care about principles. They only care about parties. There's only about 15% of America on each side that's like that. The rest of us, we care about principles. And on a day when it's really difficult for some of us to come together, to have somebody like Bob Beckel get on and say, "Well, I'll tell you what won't be happening today, more of that Bush economic policy and his failed policy," and that was the first thing I heard this morning. And I thought, how dare you, how dare you, especially on a day when Barack Obama is continuing many of the policies. That's his new position, that many of the Bush policies he's going to continue. Well, does anybody have enough honor to say, "You know what, I was wrong about what I said about this policy."
So that's how I started, and I know it's Bob Beckel and so I don't expect very much, but fine. But then I'm watching all these people gather. And remember, gang, this is me being flawed. This is not -- I'm not holding this up. I'm telling you this because there's an end to this story. Then I see all these people that are gathering, and it's not a gathering of a celebration of democracy. It's a celebration of a man. I am -- only reason why blood's not shooting out of my eyes at the cost of this is because it's good for America to come together and celebrate that we've made it this far. Look at the progress! Just a handful of decades ago, a man stood at the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial and said, "I have a dream," and here part of that dream is fulfilled, that you can be judged on the content of your character, not the color of your skin. It doesn't matter. It's important that we celebrate. This should be the last time we spend this kind of money, ever. But that's a discussion we can have tomorrow. Today it's important. But all of these people that are gathering that are now pledging to each other that they're going to be happier, et cetera, et cetera, where were you in the last eight years? The people who are lecturing me now that I need to pull together, where were you when we were begging you, please? Where were you when Obama now is not going to pull the troops out of Iraq right away. It would be irresponsible. George Bush won the war in Iraq despite the overwhelming odds, and not the odds on the ground in Iraq alone. The overwhelming odds against him in our own capital, in places like Hollywood, California. He did it in spite of people ripping him apart. So don't lecture me on "Be happy, come together." Don't lecture me on that. I'm doing it, but I'm doing it because it's the right thing to do, not because it's popular, not because it's easy, not because you tell me to but because it's the right thing to do, and it is very, very difficult. But it is the right thing to do.
Last night I went to bed and I -- I mean, that's why I had Sarah Palin on. I'm getting heat for having Sarah Palin on. "I'm not asking her the tough questions." I didn't want to ask her the tough questions! I wanted to ask her, "Is he your president today?" Yes! Not because that's the question I wanted to ask Sarah Palin but because I thought that was the important question. Not that it would be the one that would get me the highest ratings but that it was the right thing to do. So please don't lecture me.
This morning I get into the car and I'm driving down Fifth Avenue and I look at a store that has a sign that says "Yes, we can. Congratulations, President Obama." Fine. Fine. But do you remember how many people called this program and said, I have a sign up and people are coming in and calling me a hate monger or a racist or a baby killer or a war monger. It is the arrogance of the other side that we're just right. You can say whatever you want. They're fearless, and we have cowered in fear because we don't want to offend. We don't stand up for ourself because we don't want to offend, and that is the right thing. That is Judeo-Christian values that when they slap one cheek, you give them the other cheek. Not because it's the easy thing to do or the thing you want to do but because it's the right thing to do. A fact that Obama is wrapping himself in Abraham Lincoln. You couldn't use a picture taken on September 11th not of the World Trade Centers, just a picture that was taken on a plane of President Bush because it was obscene to use that. "Oh, I'm not even going to wear a flag lapel pin because that flag lapel pin, well, you are just wrapping yourself in the flag." You are not wrapping yourself in the flag. You are making a monument out of a man. You are wrapping Abraham Lincoln around a man. Not Abraham the man but the monument, the face chiseled in the side of a mountain. Not the man as he was. A simple guy who just came to do the right thing and the hard thing. No, no, no. Barack Obama is assuming the mantel of the monument, and because I know our founders, I'm angry.
I don't know if a lot of people know this, but there is a statue, just an absolutely beautiful statue of George Washington that was carved to sit in the rotunda of the capitol. I don't know if it actually ever sat in the capitol. It may have sat for a couple of years, but it was deemed grotesque because of the way George Washington felt. This beautiful statue horribly, horribly disfigures our history because it makes George Washington into a Greek God. He's wearing a toga and he's strong and well built. He looks like a Greek God. It sat in the basement of the capitol building in a box for decades. It's now in a museum. It's in a museum marked as the monument that never was, even though it was done and built and they spent money on it and some artist toiled at this beautiful statue. It was wrong. He's not a God. He was a man. There's a reason why the Washington Memorial is just an obolus. It's because he didn't want statues of him. "You can put a marker that I was here but nothing more."
Today I'm angry and I don't want to be. I'm angry because they are going to pursue -- Guantanamo is just being closed but it's just being moved. It's just being renamed. While you are accepting the mantel of Lincoln, you don't have the courage to say, "I close it" or "I keep it open." You are just moving it. That doesn't solve anything. That's not Abraham Lincoln. That's the move of a coward. Have the courage of your convictions. And if you were wrong and you want to continue his policy, then have the honor and the decency to say I was wrong. I have misstated or I misunderstood the reasons or the purpose or the strength of George Bush's argument. You have a responsibility to correct history. You have a responsibility to stand up against it if it's wrong and you have the same responsibility to stand up against yourself if you're wrong. I find myself today in a weird place, angry when I don't want to be, quiet when I don't want to be, supportive when I don't want to be, patient when I don't want to be. Sad, I feel today, and I never saw this coming. If you've listened to this show, you know. Four years ago I was for George W. Bush, and the last four years George Bush has been such an -- he's just been a spur in my boot, if I can quote a cowboy. He's been underneath my saddle and he's been driving me crazy, abandoning the free market system to save it. But today I've looked at him more as a man. And see, the tables are going to be turned on Obama if they don't make him into the monument, and I believe this is why they are making him into the monument. He becomes the president tomorrow and not just a man. Where Bush is no longer the president. He becomes a man. So the reverse happens to President Obama the minute he takes that mantel, and that mantel is lifted from President Bush and people begin to see President Bush as a man, and I wondered to myself, a man who has spent the last seven years really just worried about your safety, my safety, has made the commitment to be the most h ated guy in the next 50 years. He's told me that himself: I am prepared to be the most hated man and be maligned for the next 50 years long after I'm dead because I believe this is the right thing to do. For a man who I truly believe. Say what you want about George Bush, and I have said many of those things. The one thing I can never doubt him on is that he cared about our safety. He really did everything he could to keep us safe. He lost sleep because of it. And my first thought when I thought about him today was he can finally rest well because that burden is on someone else's shoulders. And then I thought to myself, you know, will that make him sleep better or worse. Because he knows what's out there and he can no longer help. It has nothing to do with Barack Obama being somebody who wants to keep us safe. It's just who was there on the frontline and now told, "Go home, good friend; your duty is done." Does his burden become greater tonight?
So here's the end of the story. I ask that you say a prayer of thanks for anything that George Bush did do. I ask that you say a prayer of healing for anyone who might feel angry today that they may be their best person possible, and I ask you for a prayer for our president that he may have wisdom and honor. And one last prayer for our Secret Service that they may have vision, they may have vision.