Glenn Beck: Obama, In His Own Words


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It is our exclusive hour with the president of the United States, Barack Obama.

Obviously, it's not really exclusive — since the President sat down with ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and even David Letterman and Univision. Did I see the Cartoon Network on the list, too? No? OK.

And, it's not really even a "sit-down" either, since — yes — he sat down with all of them but not us; not FOX News.

Does the president consider FOX News some sort of enemy? I mean, when he's even offered to sit down with Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Syria's Bashar Assad and Kim Jong-Il of North Korea.

It makes you wonder.

So tonight I decided to ask the president some questions and use the answers he's already provided. So here's President Barack Obama in an interview you won't see anywhere else — so, in that sense, it is exclusive. No one else is putting any of this together.

You know, I keep hearing people say that Barack Obama ran as a centrist, but is now governing far further to the left than anyone anticipated. I maintain that but it just isn't true. I contend that Barack Obama told us what he intended to do — every step of the way. Too many of us just didn't listen. We only heard what we wanted to hear.

Are you listening now? Because I'm about to give you another chance to hear him — to really hear him in his own words.

OK, let's get right to the health care debate. Much has been said about single-payer health care. The president wants it. The president doesn't want it. Which is it?

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter because, frankly, we historically have had, a employer-based system in this country — with private insurers — and for us to transition to a system like that, I believe would be too disruptive.

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OK, wait a minute — because a few years ago, President Obama said this to the ACL-CIO:

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OBAMA: I happen to be a proponent of the single payer health care plan — a single payer health care plan — universal health care — that's what I'd like to see.

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That sounds pretty clear to me — I'm quoting: "I happen to be a proponent of the single-payer health care plan — a single-payer health care plan — universal health care."

It's very difficult to reconcile, if you listen. It makes it even harder when you hear what others — in and around the White House, congressmen, key advisers and special interests — have said:

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REP. BARNEY FRANK, D-MASS: I think if we get a good public option it could lead to single payer and that's the best way to reach single payer.

REP. JAN SCHAKOWSKY, D-ILL.: And next to me was a guy from the insurance company who then argued against the public health insurance option saying it wouldn't let private insurance compete, that a public option would put the private insurance out of business.

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My single payer friends, he was right. The man was right.

JACOB HACKER, TIDES: Someone once said to me this is a Trojan horse for a single payer. And I said, well it's not Trojan horse, right? It's just right there! I'm telling you: We're going to get there — over time, slowly — but we'll move away from reliance on employment-based health care insurance as we should, but we'll do it in a way that we're not going to frighten people into thinking that they're going to lose their private insurance.

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So does he want single-payer, universal health care, or just another option for all Americans? The answer to that is obviously fuzzy at best.

By the way, there is a growing suspicion that President Obama and the congressional Democrat majority might be considering the so-called "nuclear option" to pass a health care bill. That's where the majority in the Senate cuts off any further debate or filibustering by a majority vote, rather than the 60 votes normally needed to end a filibuster.

You may remember that the Republican majority threatened something like this in 2005 when the Democrats repeatedly refused to give judicial nominees an up or down vote. The reaction from Democrats was apoplectic. They threatened to shut down all business in the Senate if the nuclear option was used. The "Gang of 14" intervened with a compromise and neither threat happened. Let's hope that the Democrats remember how outraged they were then and don't use this move against the American people, a majority of whom oppose this bill.

We've been talking on this show for a long time about the people that Barack Obama has surrounded himself with. Why? Because during the debates, when challenged by John McCain on the radical associations he had, Obama told America:

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OBAMA: Let me tell you who I associate with. On economic policy, I associate with Warren Buffett and former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker. If I'm interested in figuring out my foreign policy, I associate myself with my running mate, Joe Biden, or with Dick Lugar, the Republican ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, or General Jim Jones, the former supreme allied commander of NATO. Those are the people, Democrats and Republicans, who have shaped my ideas and who will be surrounding me in the White House.

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Well, we've done that. And I, for one, don't like what I've seen. There was Van Jones, who was so radical, he was forced out. There are many others who still advise the president who shouldn't be anywhere near the president — from Carol Browner to Cass Sunstein, Mark Lloyd, John Holdren and Ezekiel Emanuel.

We have shown you their words and will continue to do that, but tonight, we're focusing on Barack Obama, himself. Why would he associate himself with any radicals, let alone all of these folks:

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MARK LLOYD, FCC DIVERSITY CHIEF: In Venezuela, with Chavez, really an incredible revolution — a Democratic revolution — to begin to put in place saying that we're going to have impact on the people of Venezuela...

SEN. SUSAN COLLINS, R-MAINE: In a 2007 speech, you said, and I quote, "We ought to ban hunting...."

CASS SUNSTEIN: The statement you quoted is a provocation, an offhand remark in a speech that was another — on another topic.

COLLINS: Help me with the issue of legal rights for animals.

SUNSTEIN: In terms of my own academic writings, the suggestion, which was meant as a suggestion for contemplation, was that under state law that prevents cruelty to animals, it might that the enforcement by criminal prosecutors could be supplemented by suits by private people protecting animals from violations of existing state law.

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And, let's not forget President Obama's ties and promises to ACORN and SEIU. For the love of Heaven, Jeff Jones of the New York Apollo Alliance — who helped write the stimulus bill — was a co-founder of the terrorist group that bombed the Pentagon?

Doesn't Obama know what these people have said and done in the past? Is it even feasible to have this number of radicals, Marxists, revolutionaries and anti-Capitalists near him? One would have to ask oneself: Is he blind to character? Is he part of the problem or in danger because no one is vetting these people? That's for the American people to decide, but they'll never be given the chance if he only grants interviews to the people that ask him insipid, shallow questions over and over.

President Obama's favorite line when deflecting criticism is, "Bush had 'czars,' why weren't you yelling then?" I was and I have the archives to prove it. But Obama has doubled — at least — the amount of "czars" Bush had and those "czars" didn't have the radical ideology many of these do.

Obama will also say that Bush started us down the path toward socialism — that Bush started the crazy spending, the bailouts. My question to President Obama would be: "I'm sorry, I thought you ran on change. Why are you continuing all of Bush's policies?

Anyone who voted for President Obama should be asking themselves: Did I misunderstand the president because I believed in change or did he misunderstand me?

We should have seen this coming from before his first day in office:

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OBAMA: In five days we are going to fundamentally transform America.

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One reason why you want to have an interview with the president, is you want to get a sense of the man. I don't feel America has really gotten that. People still don't really know who he is — he was JFK, then he was FDR, then he was Abraham Lincoln. While the media was so eagerly putting images of others for us to compare him to, I wondered if it was because they were uncomfortable with who he was.

His dad was a radical, his mom from Kansas. Sweet as I'm sure she was, she went to school in one of the most radical schools in America. His dad left him to go to a radical school in New York. And when he finally moved to Hawaii, he met Frank Marshall Davis — an old-line, '60s radical communist from Chicago. That was his mentor.

Did you have a favorite teacher that was a mentor? What lessons do you still carry around from them today? What part of Frank Marshall Davis does Barack Obama still carry with him? When Obama left Frank, he went to college, but it continued — listen to what he says:

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OBAMA: To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students; the foreign students; the Chicanos; the Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.

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I'd like to stop talking about the past, but I keep being dragged back into it.

Obama chose his friends carefully back then, the questions that remain unanswered is, does he choose his advisers carefully?

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VAN JONES: The mainstream white polluters and the mainstream white environmentalists wound up collaborating to put all the poisons in the black community, in the Latino community, in the poor communities. The toxic dumps started moving in one direction — not in my backyard.

JONES: No more broken treaties. No more broken treaties. Give them the wealth! Give them the wealth!

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That sounds radical — redistribution of wealth. But listen to our own president talking about the Constitution:

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OBAMA: The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth.... The tragedies of the civil rights movement was — because the civil rights movement became so court focused, I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change.

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Don't we need to ask some questions?

You need to have some questions answered and maybe that's why the president sat down with others, because they knew they'd ask him things like this:

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DAVID GREGORY, NBC NEWS: Hate to break it to you, but it doesn't look so good for your White Sox here. So I want to know who is your pick to win the World Series?

OBAMA: You know, I am — I think, mathematically, the White Sox can still get in the playoffs.

GREGORY: They can, mathematically. You’re an optimist.

OBAMA: So until they are eliminated, I will make no predictions.

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Thank goodness we know that. Yet no one cares to see the prism that the president is viewing things through.

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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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