| Linda's list on why Glenn should be President |
1. Glenn isn't a politician
2. Glenn is an honest broker
3. Glenn understands the history of the country and what it means today
4. Glenn understands the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and will hold to those principles
5. Glenn doesn't want to change the country into something else
6. Glenn is a capitalist, and he believes in the free market system
7. Glenn knows failure and he knows what it means to fail
8. Glenn admits when he is wrong
9. Glenn believes in God and understands the role that this plays in our government
10. Glenn, like Washington, doesn't want the job. And, when he's finished, he'll go home, plus has a great, great chalkboard
GLENN: Let's see. Let me go to, let me go to Linda in Louisiana. Hello, Linda.
CALLER: Hi, Glenn.
CALLER: How are you today?
GLENN: Good, how are you?
CALLER: I'm good. That last call was a real... but anyway, that's not why I called.
GLENN: All right.
CALLER: You are not going to like this.
GLENN: Oh, boy.
CALLER: But I have written something and I actually came across it again this morning. So it's kind of something that's been around for a little while in my mind, and here goes. I hope you let me get through this whole thing.
GLENN: I'm very nerve I'm very nervous. Have you talked to our phone screener yet?
CALLER: Oh, yeah.
GLENN: All right. Go ahead.
CALLER: Yeah. Ten reasons why Glenn Beck should be president: One
CALLER: He isn't a politician
CALLER: But he's a patriot.
GLENN: No, no, no.
CALLER: Case in point, 9/12. Hush up. Let me finish. Number two, he is an honest broker. Number three, he understands
GLENN: I'm making my list, Linda.
CALLER: Let me finish.
GLENN: I'm making a list. It's point/counterpoint.
CALLER: I'll send it to you. He understands the history of the country and what it means today. Number four, he understands the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and will hold to these. Number five, he doesn't want to change the country into something else, but he would like to restore it to what it really should be. Number six, he's a capitalist, and he believes in the free market system. Number seven, he knows failure and he knows what it means to fail. Number eight, he admits when he is wrong. Number nine, he believes in God and understands the role that this plays in our government. Number ten, he, like George Washington, doesn't want the job. And, when he's finished, he'll go home, plus has a great, great chalkboard.
PAT: (Laughing). That's a pretty good list. That's a pretty good list.
GLENN: I've got eight. I could only write eight. Now let me speak. Linda
CALLER: I don't like it, I know you don't like it, I'm sorry, Glenn, but it's the truth. I have looked for George Washington. I have looked for all of them. And I can't find them anywhere! And the only person that even sounds like it, even acts like it is you. And I'd love to know how many other people out there feel the same way I do. And if you can't do it, my husband has a request. Would you please write and put together your plan, the real plan for what this country needs to do and put it on the Internet, Glenn. Let everybody see it! Show people what we need to do! Write it all out! Put it out there! We need it!
GLENN: Okay. Linda.
GLENN: I appreciate your feeling and I appreciate your passion. I really do. I am working as hard as I can and I'm working
CALLER: I understand, Glenn.
GLENN: I'm working as fast as I can.
CALLER: I know. I see how tired you are half the time. I can see it in your face. I can hear it in your voice. I know you're tired. But this is
GLENN: I know, I know. Linda, let me give you my list. Let me let me give you my list.
CALLER: Nero and how he was fiddling when Rome was burning. Well, guess what? The whole world seems to be on fire and what is the president doing? He's either dribbling or putting!
GLENN: All right, let me give you my list. First of all, reasons why I can't be the president of the United States: I'd actually use the nukes. Two, I have absolutely no political base. There is no one that would want me to be president of the United States as a the RNC, the DNC, it's just not going to happen. And with both of those machines against me in particular because of other things on the list, there's just not a chance of winning.
Three, there are much more qualified people out there. We just have to convince them. Anybody who anybody who has benefitted from this nation, it is time to go back even to our you know, one of the things I've been thinking about lately is you people who are retired, you're retired. Now, some people need to be retired at 65. Most do not. Get off the damn golf course! We need you. We need you to teach. We need you to teach our youth. For those people who have greatly benefitted and you are a former CEO or you're a former leader in anything, come back to work; we need you! Smarter people than me.
Four, my baggage of my life prior to this would disqualify me because of the way it would be used against me. The fact that there isn't an honest damn broker in the media, they will hold Jon Stewart up as a journalist, as a journalist and give him awards and they can somehow or another figure out when he's joking and when he's not joking but then everything I've ever said, most of which that gets me in trouble I've said as a joke in a Jon Stewart sort of fashion, that, of course, I mean realistically. There's not a chance.
Five, my wife and my family.
Six, my wife.
Seven, I came this close to losing my soul once before and I'm not going to lose my soul. And quite honestly, I just talked to a guy who was running for Senate. I spoke to him last night and I said, what makes you think you can go in there and not lose your soul? And he said, I'm not worried about it. And I said, then excuse me, sir, excuse me. You are exactly the kind that will because if you don't have a healthy dose of fear, you're going in against a machine. And quite honestly let me quote Ephesians: We are not battling flesh and blood. We are battling, I truly believe, the powers of darkness for our very souls, and it has nothing to do with Washington and it has everything to do with each of us.
And a selfish one at number eight: The president, the next president has to be a man that understands the patient has chemotherapy. This president that we have now and the people in office now will either convince you to do nothing, do little things, just eat better. Your heart has cancer. Just eat better, exercise. This president I think may in the end recommend that the heart is cut out because the heart is causing the problem. The next president has to convince the American people that they need chemotherapy. They need chemotherapy and it's going to hurt really, really badly. And I don't think I've tried. I've tried. I don't think I'm the guy that can convince them.
Linda, thanks for your call.