Glenn Beck: Obama economic advisor falls asleep in meeting


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GLENN: Stu and I had an argument earlier today about Larry Summers. He says that Larry Summers should be required to stay awake in meetings. I say I understand it. I mean, he's tired. He's sleepy. He's working.

STU: Working is

GLENN: Oh, you've never fallen asleep in a meeting at work?

STU: I don't believe I've ever fallen asleep, maybe I have once. I can't remember any, but I certainly have never done it on camera.

GLENN: You know what, because we don't have meetings here. We don't have those stupid meetings.

STU: Oh, no, that's right, we never have meetings here.

GLENN: We don't have the stupid kind of meetings that you sit there and you're like, oh, jeez, why am I in this meeting.

STU: No, we never have meetings like that here.

GLENN: No, come on. Do we?

STU: No, we don't

GLENN: Come on. Stop, stop. We don't have those we had one meeting. Remember we had, like when was it? Six months ago when we had to meet with all of these people who were planning the studios. Remember? We were all like, oh, jeez.

STU: I liked that meeting. That was interesting.

GLENN: Oh, jeez.

STU: Here's the thing about meetings

GLENN: You kept asking why am I in this meeting.

STU: Here's the thing that's interesting about meetings at this place, which is they're usually interesting to you because you're the one talking. Everyone else is struggling to their last the most important thing they can do. All I'm thinking to myself, got to stay awake, got to stay a wake.

GLENN: Shut up.

STU: But they do stay awake is what I'm saying.

GLENN: Shut up. Here's the thing. Everybody has those meetings. Everybody has those meetings.

STU: Yes.

GLENN: I was in a meeting this week where I fell asleep. I fell asleep, okay? I admit it, I fell asleep. I did everything I could. Come on, you've been in those meetings where you're like, where your eyes start to go and you're like, oh, boy, oh, no, here it comes. And you're trying so hard and you know that people are looking at you and your eyes are starting to roll. And then you kind of you know, you kind of just like hold your eyes you're like, I'm going to pretend I'm, like, really listening and you're, "I'm thinking," and you put your fingers up next to your eyes on your forehead. Actually all you're doing is holding your eyelids open?

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: Come on, I can't be the only one that has had those meetings. You're telling me that Larry Summers isn't in meeting after meeting after meeting at the White House and they're like and they're talking numbers.

STU: This is you know what this is?

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: You are Eliot Spitzer right now. You are saying, you know what, I can't be the only one who thinks hot 24 year olds are good looking. Well, yes, but we don't all have sex with the hot 24 year olds when we're married.

GLENN: Are you wait, wait. Hold it just a second. Are you comparing

STU: Yes.

GLENN: You're comparing

STU: Yes.

GLENN: having sex with a hooker to falling asleep in meetings at work?

STU: No, Media Matters, that's not what I'm saying. What I'm saying is

GLENN: I believe that's what America heard.

STU: No, what I'm saying is that there are things we're all tempted to do but by our duty

GLENN: Tempted to do?

STU: Yes, you are tempted to fall asleep at a meeting.

GLENN: I'm not tempted to fall asleep. I can't stay awake. I can't stay awake.

STU: You are saying you don't have enough physical control over yourself to stay awake through a meeting?

GLENN: Okay, Superman, sit up.

STU: I'm not Superman!

GLENN: Sit down on your cape. I'm opening up zip it!

STU: Mr. Work ethic here says you can fall asleep at work.

GLENN: Zip it!

STU: I love this new rule. You don't understand how much better my life's going to be.

GLENN: I will put you to sleep in a minute. Here's the thing. I'm not saying I want to, I'm not saying it's okay. I'm saying it happens. It happens.

STU: So it's okay.

GLENN: No. It happens!

STU: ... so it's okay in this scenario. Let's excuse his actions is what you're saying.

GLENN: It is not, it is not unreasonable for pipe down.

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: It is not unreasonable for somebody who is overseeing the economy and I gotta believe is working a bazillion hours to be in a meeting where those meetings that he was in, that's not, "Hey, let's buckle down and get this right." That is a PR meeting. That's a meeting where you heard, you are hearing the president say the things you hear him say on camera all the time, blah, blah blah, blah blah, blah blah. This is a show piece. At some point, you know, when the firefighters are standing off line and they're you know, they've been in fighting a fire the whole time and then they're like, okay, let's have a press conference, the guy sitting over there who's not going to speak, you think the guy who's been fighting the fire is not like, "Oh, jeez, I just... (snoring)." You bet he is.

STU: First of all, your analogy doesn't work at all when you have firefighters who are literally arsonists, the economy.

GLENN: He's been up all night pouring gasoline.

STU: Second of all, yes, there comes a time. And if you're up for seven million hours in a row

GLENN: I'm not even going to talk to you.

STU: But listen to me. Is the time twice in the first three months in the presidency?

GLENN: I'm not saying

STU: Is that acceptable?

GLENN: Okay, that's a good point. I'm not saying okay, no.

STU: Thank you.

GLENN: Yeah, but I mean, here's the thing. I will grant you that it does appear to be a pattern with him, okay? But who hasn't, who hasn't fallen asleep, besides the all knowing, all perfect, I walk on water Stu, who hasn't fallen asleep in a meeting?

STU: Are you

GLENN: I sat there in a meeting this week, a meeting that I wanted to have, that was important, with a very important person and all maybe it's just me, but I sat there and you can feel it coming. And you're like, oh, no, no, no, no, no! No, no, you're awake, you're awake, you're awake. Go, go, go, go, go, you're awake, you're awake, think of something. And then all your eyes start to roll and you're like, oh, no. Please, no, please, no, this is so disrespectful. No, I'm awake, I want to hear you, I want to... (snoring). That's what happens.

STU: I'm not saying there aren't people tempted to fall asleep in meetings.

GLENN: It's not a temptation. It's like, would you like some chocolate cake? No, you're fighting it.

STU: You are fighting it. You are fighting a temptation.

GLENN: No.

STU: You want to close those eyes.

GLENN: At some point, at some point

STU: Normal people don't hit that point. That's what I'm going to say. I'm not saying that it's never happened, maybe one time in your life and it's an embarrassing story you tell for the rest of it, but I'm telling you that the majority of people have never one time fallen asleep in a meeting at work, ever.

GLENN: Normal people have never fallen asleep in a meeting, ever, normal people? I just want to make sure I have this right. Normal people have never, ever fallen asleep in a meeting?

STU: And if they have, it's a huge incident that they remember for the rest of their life: Oh, my God, I actually fell asleep in a meeting, I was actually asleep. It's a big deal.

GLENN: Not talking about getting a pillow and drooling on yourself and laying your head down. You're talking about nodding off. This is not true.

STU: It is.

GLENN: I see people at church and they're I mean, they sit there and they will have their head up and they are like fighting it, fighting it, fighting it.

STU: God is for giving. Your boss isn't.

GLENN: You are so out of touch. Ask Dan.

STU: Dan, have you ever fallen asleep in a meeting?

DAN: You know, here's the thing, Stu, and this is crazy. I do my sleeping at home.

STU: Oh, do you?

DAN: I do.

STU: What do you do at work, though?

GLENN: You don't work hard enough then! I'm not working

STU: The people who stay awake at work don't work hard enough! (Laughing). But the ones who are able to stay awake

GLENN: I hear what it is. I hear what it is.

DAN: I'm sleeping at work now.

GLENN: I got so much time, I can sleep all I want.

DAN: I hear you.

STU: The people who somehow managed to get through another Woodrow Wilson speech, those are the people who are.

DAN: I think there's a new policy here. I think we have to start sleeping through meetings in order to get better job reviews here.

GLENN: No, no. No, no, I get it, I get it. You guys go get your nappy naps. You guys go ahead, you get tucked in bed at 9:00 at night.

STU: You are the one saying nappy nap. You are the one falling asleep. You are saying this, not us. We're saying we stay awake for work.

DAN: Yes. Doesn't mean we're not tired. We just stay awake. Now Glenn, let me ask you this, you said the people in church are nodding off. I've been tired in church, too. Hold on a second.

GLENN: Wait, wait. Wait, I want to make sure, Mr. Media Matters, that you haven't taken this out of I'm not saying that everybody is falling asleep.

DAN: No, I know.

GLENN: I have seen people fall asleep. You know, somebody will be talking or somebody and somebody will fall asleep and then they will just nod off. It's like when you're driving. You don't want to fall asleep when you're driving, but sometimes you're really tired and it just happens and you nod off and you're like, okay, okay.

DAN: Yes, I totally understand but this goes to Stu's temptation argument is that a lot of times you'll be like at church and there's really no reason for you to be tired. It's like 10:00 in the morning or 9:30 in the morning and then you get home and maybe a football game's on and, bam, you are wide awake. It's weird how that works. It's almost like the interest level causes you to be asleep or awake.

GLENN: I don't think so.

STU: Most of the time.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. But that goes into what I said about Larry Summers then. I personally, I'm very interested in like this meeting I had this week, I was very interested. I'm just tired. Now maybe that's just me, but I'm just tired. I work, Stu, for a live.

STU: Do you? Do you?

DAN: (Laughing).

GLENN: Shhh. Keep that to yourself. Let's not argue that point.


 

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.