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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The House approved a new aid package for Ukraine of nearly $40 billion, which will increase the total U.S. funding for Ukraine's war efforts to a whopping $58 BILLION since March, if the package passes in the Senate. Meanwhile, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified before Congress that the Biden administration is considering diverting resources away from an already-struggling VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) to deal with the border crisis.

"I am not making this up -- this will [make] your head explode," Glenn Beck said in the radio program Thursday. "They are going to divert costs; the Biden administration is taking money from the VA. Now already, our veterans get seconds, and we are [considering] diverting VA funding, and doctors, and nurses, away from our vets and to the migrants at the border, so we can take money that we don't have, $58 billion, and send it to Ukraine. What the hell is wrong with us?"

"Now, some Republican lawmakers are attempting to fight this," he added. "But, most people haven't even heard of this. This is how the atrocities at the border go unchecked. Biden sweeps it all under a rug. The mainstream media covers it up. And, meanwhile, people suffer and die. And in this case, it's not only the people on the border, but it is also our veterans in VA hospitals."

Glenn went on to detail the unreported deadly consequences of Biden’s border policies which have led to enough fentanyl to kill millions of Americans pouring across the border and terrorists having found easy paths into our country.

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Corruption, greed, and death. This is what the Left’s border policy is REALLY about, not the humanitarian effort they claim it is.

On tonight's episode of "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck exposes the groups benefitting from the border chaos under the Biden administration. A leftist money supply flows to NGOs on the border that are now taking the roles that the government should be filling with immigration and helping immigrants to flood into the U.S. Glenn asks: Why is the U.N. funding the flow of migrants to our border and subverting Congress? Why are former Biden staffers working for “non-profits” that are now getting exclusive, HIGHLY irregular multimillion-dollar border contracts? Worse than that, the consequences of Biden’s border policy have now turned deadly. National Guard members at the border are dying, fentanyl from China pours across the border, and terrorists have found an easy path to enter our country.

Finally, Glenn asks Texas Rep. Chip Roy if it’s time to impeach DHS Secretary Mayorkas for his negligence that is costing American lives.

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I can no longer relate to the modern pro-choice woman. I don’t want to shout my abortion. I want to pretend it never happened. Up until the SCOTUS leak, I had done a pretty good job of burying my 20-year secret. But the Roe v. Wade information earthquake triggered an eruption. I can no longer pretend to be ambivalent or leave it to blue-check pro-lifers to speak for me. My days of repeating the “safe, legal, and rare” mantra like a good, GenX libertarian feminist are over.

Some pro-abortion activists call their life-ending procedure “self-care,” like they just booked a hot stone massage or a facial at a spa. This is a polite euphemism many women tell themselves – not because we are cold-blooded killers, but because it’s how we survive. We HAVE to lie in order to justify what is actually taking place. Denial is a protective coating, a barrier from the truth. Remember, any woman born after Roe v. Wade has been programmed to believe that abortion is a natural-born right. “It’s legal; therefore it must not be evil. This is a medical procedure. Women do it every day.” Planned Parenthood has a nice way of describing abortion on its website: “A doctor uses a combination of medical tools and a suction device to gently take the pregnancy tissue out of your uterus.” “Gently take the tissue out.” Benign euphemisms that wrap our hearts and minds in a suffocating cocoon. Benign euphemisms to keep us in line.

I was raised in the Bible Belt and to believe that sex before marriage was the gravest of sins. You’d be better off robbing a store by pistol than to be caught fornicating with a boy. And yet I did fornicate with a boy. No boy I’d ever be proud to bring around to my parents. I never gave him the option to talk me out of it. I just demanded he pay half for the procedure and never speak of it again. I told myself it would be easier to survive the hidden shame of the abortion than wear the shame of my sin on my belly for the next nine months.

...the pill I took made an ugly, painful mess, and it didn’t finish the job.

I took the so-called “easy” way out at six weeks along and swallowed a pill I got from some abortionist who gave me the creeps. He was no medical saint like the one portrayed in “The Cider House Rules,” nobly saving women from coat-hanger abortions. The doctor in my story made a quick buck at the expense of terrified “good girls.” Years later I would learn he kept aborted fetuses in buckets and was under investigation for shady medical practices. I couldn’t leave his clinic fast enough, but at least I wouldn’t have to miss work or skip my college classes. I could finish my degree and still make my parents proud. How convenient. But the pill I took made an ugly, painful mess, and it didn’t finish the job. Now I had to see a real obstetrician, get an ultrasound, and deal with the aftermath.

This doctor’s office was nicer. It had bright lights and pink walls. Although my doctor was professional, I still felt the quiet judgment in her voice. I refused to look at the image of my tortured fetus on the screen. I knew what it would mean if I did – my feminist career ambitions would lose the battle to my soul if I looked at that baby. The doctor told me the fetus was still viable but likely mentally damaged. The “kinder” thing to do would be to finish the job at an in-clinic abortion. End the fetus’ suffering and end my own self-torture. I woke up from anesthesia to learn the abortion was complete. It’s over so quickly, but the internal conflict hangs. And hangs.

You find weird ways to cope. Not long after, I discovered an abandoned robin’s egg, still perfectly intact. I wrapped it in a sock and carried it with me for over a decade. If I couldn’t do right by my own child, maybe I could keep this unhatched egg safe. Eventually, I had to come to terms with the fact that the bird egg was dead, and I got therapy. He was a good New York psychologist. Secular, liberal, tolerant. He helped me to forgive myself, but I always knew who I really needed to ask for forgiveness …

It’s easy for a young woman with all those stockpiled eggs in her ovaries to be pro-choice. She can toss away the miracle of life like a rotten banana or a bruised apple because it is easily replaced. It wasn’t until I was forced to confront the mortality of my own fertility that I felt the full force of my regret.

But I do not write this letter to achieve redemption or to be the new face of the pro-life movement. You will not see me pleading with women outside an abortion clinic. You will not see me protesting with a cutesy, homemade sign at the March for Life. You will not see me sparring on Twitter, confronting baby-killers with cold, hard facts. For now, you will not even know my name. I suppose this is not very brave, but my story is not complete and God’s work in me is in an active state. Mine is a modest mission: Maybe if I’m honest about my own wounds, I can help other women like me to heal. Maybe I can love the terrified, knocked-up woman in the Bible Belt who believes the best worst lies our society has ever told, better than any conservative talk show host ever could.

The SCOTUS leak ripped a band-aid off a festering 50-year-old wound.

The SCOTUS leak ripped a band-aid off a festering 50-year-old wound. It’s naive to think we will fix this mess for the unborn overnight and deprogram men and women plugged into 50 years of slick, well-packaged lies. Slavery was legal in the U.S. for over 200 years before we fought a war to end it. And it was another 100 years before we ended state-sanctioned racism.

When it comes to the issue of defending innocent life, I know it’s hard to be patient. This is a clear battle of good vs. evil for many on the right, but you need allies like me – the former “safe, legal, and rare” pro-choicers who are afraid to come out of the shadows. Afraid to become a political prop in the culture wars, but willing to do the quiet missionary work in our back yards.

I hope for the day future progressives look back in horror at today’s progressives fighting to keep abortion on demand. I hope for the day the New York Times publishes the pro-life version of the 1619 Project. Maybe they’ll call it the “1973 Project,” “whose mission is to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of abortion and the contribution of the pro-life movement at the very center of our national narrative.”

Until that day, I want to help these women to be braver than me. To see beyond their impossible tomorrow. If I had allowed someone the chance to help me be brave, I might not have had the same successful career, but I would have a 20-year-old son or daughter in whom to invest this unexplained overflow in my heart.

Dear EV drivers: Think you're safe from soaring gas prices? Think again.

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Diesel fuel prices have surged to record levels, adding to already record-high inflation in the U.S. But most Americans don't drive cars that run on diesel, and many have turned to electric vehicles (EVs) to avoid the ever-increasing pain at the pump. So, how would diesel supply shortages — and the resulting sky-high prices — affect you or your budget?

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck explained why every American should be concerned about the rising cost of diesel.

"Diesel fuel is the fuel that powers the economy," Glenn began. "How does that work? Well, let's start over in China. You want something from China, you have to put it onto a big boat, a slow boat from China, and that's powered by diesel.

"Then, it gets to our docks," he continued. "You know all of those big cranes and everything else that take that crap off of the ship and then put it on the ground? Run by diesel. And then the forklifts that come and pick it up and then bring it over to the train, those run on diesel. And then the train, those engines, they run on diesel. And then the trucks that get it halfway across the country from the train where they're picked up again by the forklifts, run by diesel. Then they're put into another truck, also run by diesel."

"I sure hope all the people bragging about their electric cars as gas prices skyrocket have a backup plan for their food too. Because as diesel prices go crazy, so does the price of EVERYTHING," Glenn posted on Twitter.

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