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Video: Stephanopoulos asks President Obama about ACORN

GLENN: By the way, Stephanopoulos actually asked the president about ACORN and if we may, if I can play ‑‑ he was on five different channels, none of them Fox, but he did get to that all important Univision interview. I mean, why would you, you know, why would you have an interview with the leader in cable news?

STU: Right. Well, the Fox one's coming up tonight obviously.

GLENN: Oh, yeah. That's right, I forgot.

STU: Yeah, you forgot about it because ‑‑

GLENN: I was only working on it last night. Pat, what time did we stop working on this? 11:00?

PAT: Yeah, around there.

GLENN: And you actually ‑‑

PAT: Well, I stopped around 12:30, 1:00.

GLENN: So I completely forgot we had the interview.

STU: That's weird you'd forget something like that.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: It's the president.

GLENN: It's not stuff that we've worked on all weekend. Yeah, we've decided if he's not going to come to us, that's okay. We'll just take all of the interviews that he's done and we'll piece them together and try to figure out what exactly he means just by piecing together all of the audio that he has left as a trail for the last five years. What does he mean? I don't know. I don't know. But he's ‑‑

STU: We'll ask him tonight.

GLENN: We'll ask him. So Stephanopoulos asked him about ACORN. This is what the president said about ACORN.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: If you say something outrageous, you're there in a hot second.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But if some of your allies made it easier if you are handed some ammunition like ACORN, for example ‑‑

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, look. The ‑‑ you know, I think that are there folks in the Democratic camp or on the left who haven't, haven't always operated in ways that I'd appreciate? Absolutely.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Congress said they should cut off all funding for ACORN. Are you for that?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Is that true on the other side as well? Of course that's true.

STEPHANOPOULOS: How about the funding for ACORN?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Frankly it's not really something I followed closely. I didn't even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But the Senate and the House have voted to cut it off.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: What I know is that what I saw on that video was certainly inappropriate and deserved to be ‑‑

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you are not committing the cutting off the federal funding?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: George, this is not the biggest issue facing the country. It's not something I'm paying a lot of attention to.

PAT: It's only corruption.

GLENN: It's only corruption.

PAT: It's only unbelievable corruption.

GLENN: It's only a group that is going to ‑‑

PAT: $8 1/2 billion.

GLENN: Had actually $8 1/2 billion, was something he put in for the census, no big deal. It doesn't affect ‑‑ it's not one of the more important things.

PAT: Not looking at it.

GLENN: By the way, he also didn't know anything about, that they were getting federal money. He didn't know that. He barely has anything to do with ACORN. Do you know that?

STU: He probably had never heard of the organization until that question.

GLENN: Well, he may have forgotten the speech that he gave in 2007 to ACORN leaders.

PAT: What? He was with ACORN?

GLENN: Hmmm?

PAT: He was with them physically?

GLENN: Let me just give you the ‑‑

PAT: That's weird.

GLENN: I'll just give you the quote here.

PAT: Okay.

GLENN: 2007 to ACORN. Do we have the audio of it? Can we ‑‑

PAT: It's from ‑‑ oh, yes. To, yes, the promise? Is that what you're talking about?

GLENN: The promise?

PAT: The promise.

GLENN: I don't even know the promise.

STU: He is not going to promise to an organization that he doesn't know exists.

PAT: Doesn't know anything about? You are right.

GLENN: I didn't know we had audio of the promise. What is the audio of the promise?

PAT: That they were going to shape his agenda?

GLENN: That's not ‑‑

PAT: Should we not go down that road again?

GLENN: Let's not go down the road of a promise.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: But let me even say before I get inaugurated, during the transition we're going to be calling all of you in to help us shape the agenda.

GLENN: Okay.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We're going to be having meetings all across the country with community organizations.

GLENN: No, no, no, stop. I mean in 2007. The speech to ACORN leaders. When Obama met with ACORN leaders in November ‑‑ this is from an Organizing for America blog. So it has absolutely no credibility because it's from Obama's Organizing for America blog.

PAT: You can't, you can't trust a fringe blog like that.

STU: No, a rightwing source like that.

GLENN: When Obama met with ACORN leaders in November, he reminded them of his history with ACORN and his beginnings in Illinois as a Project Vote organizer, a nonprofit focused on voter rights and education. Senator Obama said, quote ‑‑ now remember this in the conversation that we just had with our listener who said, "Hey, don't dump this information on Friday. You know, you are showing all of the connections and everything." He said, quote: I came out of a grassroots organizing background. That's what I did for three and a half years before I went to law school. That's the reason I moved to Chicago was to organize.

Now, hang on just a second. You're moving to Chicago, that's the reason you moved to Chicago, to organize? That's almost like, did he know about the community organizations there? How did he know about the community organizations there? Which community organizations did he know about in Chicago? Who told him about the community organizations in Chicago?

PAT: I wish someone would look into that.

GLENN: I do, too ‑‑ oh, we did, on Friday's show.

That's the reason I moved to Chicago was to organize. So this is something that I know personally, the work you do.

Remember he's speaking to ACORN: The importance of it. I've been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official when I ran project vote registration drive in Illinois. ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work.

STU: Is it the same ‑‑ could it have been another ACORN because, you know, like maybe ‑‑

GLENN: Oh, like Johnny ACORN? No, that's Johnny Appleseed. No, uh‑uh, I'm pretty sure it's the same, pretty sure it's the same idea.

STU: But he had no idea.

PAT: ACORN clothiers? Maybe he was speaking to a group of retail salespeople?

STU: That's a really good point.

PAT: I don't think so.

STU: Been working for retail clothes business for my entire career. That makes sense. I mean, that could be if his career was in sales clothing.

PAT: Doesn't remember it being like that, but ‑‑

GLENN: Try this, Dateline Washington: The liberal political organizing group ACORN faced internal chaos and allegations of financial mismanagement and fraud long before two conservatives embarrassed the group with undercover videos made at the field offices in Washington and across the country. Internal ACORN documents show an organization in turmoil as last year's presidential election approached. With the board torn over how to handle embezzlement by the founder's brother and a growing concern that donor money and pension funds had been plundered in the insider scheme. Minutes from the meeting of ACORN held in Los Angeles last summer reveal a group then on the brink of financial collapse. Quote: Currently we owe over $800,000 to the IRS, the minutes note. Haven't paid medical bills of over $300,000. We're essentially broke nationally, and a lot of offices are struggling. Some top ACORN officials tried to shield the scheme which involved Dale Rathke, the brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke. Quote: Leadership has no faith in staff. Wade betrayed them. End quote, the minu tes said. The documents present a troubling picture of one of the nation's leading social justice advocacy groups with more than 400,000 members' offices in 75 cities and an expanding international presence. Sounds to me like it's nothing that we should worry about. I can understand why the president ‑‑

PAT: Glad it's not even on his radar.

GLENN: You know, he followed that with, you know, there are other things like Afghanistan. President Barack Obama is considering, is considering more forces in Afghanistan.

Let me give you this one. The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent confidential ‑‑ I don't know why we're reading about it on the radio then ‑‑ urgent confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them, the eight‑year conflict, quoting, will likely result in failure. General Stanley McChrystal says, quote: Failure to gain the initiative and reverse the insurgent momentum in the near term while Afghan security capacity matures, risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible. The president said that he is taking this under consideration. I just want to, I just ‑‑ hmmm. I just ‑‑ hmmm. You've got a guy who's in charge over there, you should either replace him or do what he says if he's saying that we're going to fail.

STU: Did he consult on this decision with either SEIU or ACORN?

GLENN: I don't know, we haven't ‑‑

PAT: I doubt he's ever heard of SEIU.

GLENN: He hasn't heard about it?

PAT: No, I'm sure not.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I spent my entire adult life working with SEIU.

GLENN: Uh‑oh.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I'm not a newcomer to this.

PAT: Gollee. Well, maybe ‑‑

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I didn't this summer discover SEIU. On the campaign trail, your agenda's been my agenda in the United States Senate.

GLENN: Oh, wow.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Before debating healthcare.

GLENN: Yeah.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I talked to Andy Stern and SEIU members.

GLENN: Oh, well, that's good.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Before immigration debates took place in Washington.

GLENN: Wow.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I talked to Medina and SEIU members, before even the EFCA, I talked to SEIU.

GLENN: Oh, that is fantastic. So maybe he's on the phone with SEIU.

PAT: He's heard of them.

GLENN: And he's just trying to get their viewpoint on what he should do in the war.

STU: Maybe Andy Stern can run the war. He seems like the good guy.

GLENN: Don't count that out yet.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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