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GLENN: Yesterday the red phone rang. Yesterday is a date that will live in infamy. Yesterday at the end of the show, I get into the last commercial break and the phone rings. Now, the phone doesn't ring. It never has. Usually, they test the phone before I arrive on the set, you know, they plug it in and they test it, I don't know, about 45 minutes before I arrive.
PAT: Because the White House has never used it. So we have to make sure it still works.
GLENN: We have to make sure it works every day.
GLENN: Now, two days ago or something like that, we were having problems with the phone or something and Harry called it right before the show? The phone rang for the first time that I had heard it, and it freaked me out. And Harry just, Harry is our boom operator. And so he just says from the back, from behind the jib, Glenn, that's me, that's me; don't panic, that's me.
PAT: And for those of you not in the know on TV camera talk, a jib is a big camera on a long thingy.
GLENN: For those of you who would like, I could of have just said boom. But I thought people would understand that more so I changed it to jib because I thought people in the press will write about that, that I don't even know what a jib is. This is how insane our life is.
GLENN: So he's a camera operator.
PAT: And the stories were already being written, too.
GLENN: Oh, yeah.
PAT: It's that insane.
GLENN: So anyway, he says, it's me, it's me, it's me. But it made everybody on the set, it made everybody's heart race. We're like, oh, my gosh.
Now, last night in the last commercial break, the phone rings and the entire floor stops. And Harry just says from behind the camera, "That's not me." Now, Tiffany, our producer, says in my ear, everybody in the control room is freaking out, and Tiffany said I thought she said, that's us in the control room. But what she said was, that's not us in the control room.
So I pick it up kind of flippantly. I said, hello.
GLENN: And on the other end was a voice that I knew was not someone from our control room that very sternly said, is this Glenn Beck? And I said and I knew. And they were very stern and I thought, you think you are going to get into my face? And I said, who is this? "Is this Fox News?" And I said, who is this? "Is this Glenn Beck?" Yes, it is. Who is this? And he said what's his name? Do you have it?
STU: His name is Tim, Tim Griffin.
GLENN: Tim Griffin. Okay. You are reading that from a news story, aren't you?
STU: No, this one is the e mail from trying to get in touch with him.
GLENN: So Tim, he says, this is Tim Griffin. And I said, how can I help you, Tim Griffin? He said, is this really Glenn? And I said is this really Mr. Beck? And I'm still thinking that it's the White House. Now, I'm told later that everyone in the control room is freaking out.
GLENN: And they are like and they are trying to get it patched into the control panel so we can go on the air with it. But it had been so long, it's been like a year. Nobody even remembers how do we, what wires do we have to patch into the control room to be able to get it. So they are all trying to figure that out and they are in the control room and they are like, who is it, who is it? Tell us who it is! And so I said, how can I help you, sir? And he said, well, I just want you to know I'm from Texas and you held your phone up today and on the bottom of it was writing. So I stopped the TiVo and I looked at the writing, and it's the phone number and that's I picked up the phone and I looked at it and I'm thinking who's I'm thinking who's writing the phone number on the bottom of this phone. And he said, I waited until a commercial break because I didn't want to wreck the show, wreck the pacing of the show here. He said, but I had to call you right away to let you know because I'm not the only one in America, I'm sure, that did that and that phone is going to ring all the time now.
And then we went back on the air and he was still on the phone, and I asked him to stay. And we still couldn't figure out how to patch it. So I have to thank Tim for doing that because I did. I held up the phone last night. I just picked you it up off the desk and held it, and apparently, you know, there's a piece of tape on it and it had the phone number on it. And I can't imagine how many people would have stopped it eventually and, you know, luckily it happened live.
STU: That is absolutely amazing. It's a cool thing for the guy to jump in and
GLENN: What are we going to do for him? We've got to do something really great. I told him, I said, we're going to send you some stuff. We have to send him something.
PAT: A refrigerator/freezer! A washer/dryer set! A new car!
STU: No, none of that stuff.
PAT: None of that? A player piano!
GLENN: A player piano.
GLENN: No, I don't think so. I was thinking a book.
PAT: A book or a T shirt, something like that? How about the shirt you are wearing today?
GLENN: This is the this is the prototype of a shirt, a polo shirt that I'm having made as a special limited edition for the fundraiser for the special ops warrior foundation. If you let me may I model it?
STU: Oh, yes.
GLENN: May I model it?
PAT: Oh, my.
GLENN: This is the actual prototype and they are all going to be hand done because we're not making them en masse. They are kind of expensive but the proceeds go to the troops. Just keep that in mind. You see here it's well, let me see. Here's which camera do you want me to turn to? Here, take 4, please. Here is the
PAT: For Insider Extreme members, if you are on radio, just
STU: Completely ignore.
GLENN: Picture a polo shirt with a number 17 on it.
GLENN: On one side it has the number 17. The other side it has George Washington. This is all cut out. It's layered fabric and all hand stitched. And then this is the number 17 and it's got a little, kind of little things on it. And then on the side it says 8/28 and there's the merit patch on the shield. See that? And then on the back
PAT: It's a delicious number 91.
GLENN: 91. And I'm not sure if anybody's going to get the numbering thing. Oh, and there's one more thing. There's this here.
PAT: That's really cool.
GLENN: This is George Washington's actual signature, and it's sewn on.
STU: Now, he didn't sign it specifically.
GLENN: No, he died the last thing he did was agree to be a part of this fundraiser.
STU: And then he died.
STU: It's important to let people know that he was not actually here signing the individual shirts.
GLENN: All right. No, that's a sewn tag and it is that George Washington signature, and it's on the outside.
STU: Glenn Beck baselessly claims a dead president is signing his shirts! Ahhhh!
GLENN: So it's 1791, the year of I didn't think it was the year no, I think that was the year we made popcorn for the first time.
PAT: Oh, was it?
GLENN: We were like, those Indians, they have been eating it right off the cob.
GLENN: You should put it off as kernels and pop it over a fire. It's much better. So this will go up for sale, I don't know, in a couple of weeks from now or something when we can and so you know, as obvious because I'm wearing it, we are making fat man sizes.
STU: (Laughing). So what's the future of the red phone? Do you get, like, a new number? Do you get rid of it?
GLENN: No, we're changing the number today.
GLENN: Changing the number today and we have to do what we did last time. I think with Anita Dunn or somebody was in, we had to special messenger or what do you call it when you registered letter to the White House and let them know the new number.
STU: Who should we send it to in the White House?
GLENN: I think they are
PAT: Sending it to Pfeiffer?
GLENN: Pfeiffer, I think.
PAT: Is it Dan Pfeiffer?
GLENN: Yeah, because we did it to Anita Dunn and then when she left, we gave it to Dan Pfeiffer. We sent it again to Dan Pfeiffer. So we'll send another one to Dan Pfeiffer.
STU: I mean, we could send it to Dan Pfeiffer but I mean, it doesn't have to be. Obviously once it gets in the White House, it's going to be passed around. I mean, maybe if Shirley Sherrod gets a job, maybe we send it to Shirley.
GLENN: I would like to send it to Shirley. I have a few questions for Shirley.
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