Glenn Beck: Obama refuses to credit Bush



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GLENN: There's, there's a couple of things that you need to know about. First of all, the surge. Apparently the surge worked but I didn't think Iraq has made us safer according to the president, but not so much apparently.

PAT: Yeah. Well, it's, it's interesting because this is what the president said this week.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: This is President Barack Obama, and I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the men and women who have served in Iraq and who are currently serving in Iraq. Your dedication, your bravery, your courage has made America safer and has helped to stand up democracy in Iraq.

GLENN: Wait a minute.

PAT: Now, isn't that great?

GLENN: That's not what he said before, is it?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We know that the sacrifices aren't just yours but they are your family's in well.

PAT: Well, in 2007, maybe it's just me but it seems a little different. He said perhaps the saddest irony of the administration's cynical use of 9/11 is that the Iraq war has left us less safe than we were before 9/11.

GLENN: But he just said that we're now safer.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Than 9/11.

PAT: See, now it's not just me because I was a little confused.

GLENN: No, I'm very confused. I

PAT: Yeah? Maybe it's is it just us, Stu, or are you confused on that as well?

STU: I don't see any difference in those two statements. They seem completely

PAT: Completely consistent? Yeah, yeah.

GLENN: Okay. Well, let's go to Robert Gibbs because Robert Gibbs has another story. He

PAT: Mmm hmmm.

GLENN: He was asked about crediting George W. Bush for the surge.

PAT: Yes, he was. And asked repeatedly by, let's see, what's her face?

STU: Gretchen Carlson?

PAT: Gretchen Carlson, yes.

GIBBS: I don't think there's any doubt as candidate Obama said that adding 20,000 men and women into Iraq would improve the security situation. I think along with the Sunnis and other things

CARLSON: Candidate Obama said that? You know, excuse me. Back in 2007 he said he was against the surge.

GIBBS: No, he said he was against the surge. He said there was no doubt that adding 20,000 men and women would improve the security situation but as we know, our efforts in Iraq weren't going to be done simply militarily, Gretchen.

PAT: Again I'm a little confused because here's what he really said.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We can send 15,000 more troops, 20,000 more troops, 30,000 more troops. I don't know any expert on the region or any military officer that I've spoken to privately that believes that that is going to make a substantial difference.

PAT: So wait. Candidate Obama said the surge obviously help, of course it's going to improve.

GLENN: Play that again and then go right back to Gretchen Carlson and what you played.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We can send 15,000 more troops, 20,000 more troops, 30,000 more troops. I don't know any expert on the region or any military officer that I've spoken to privately that believes that that is going to make a substantial difference.

GIBBS: I don't think there's any doubt as candidate Obama said that adding 20,000 men and women into Iraq would improve the security situation.

GLENN: (Laughing).

PAT: Okay. So again is it just me or are those different statements?

GLENN: Is it live or is it Memorex? That's the problem.

PAT: It is

STU: I don't see the difference. I mean, he's talking about Iraq both times.

PAT: Yes.

STU: I mean

PAT: Yes, he was.

STU: I'm just saying.

GLENN: Okay. Now, he credited George W. Bush in the speech last night. Well, not exactly.

PAT: Yeah, actually sort of.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: I mean, more than he has, I think in the past.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: This afternoon he spoke to former President George W. Bush. It's well known that he and I disagreed with the war from its outset.

GLENN: No.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Yet no one can doubt President Bush's support for our troops or his love of country and commitment to our security.

PAT: Wow.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: As I've said, there were patriots who supported this war and patriots who opposed it.

GLENN: Hold it just a second. Did he say that? Because I know what they said before. Have you ever heard, have you ever heard him say that

PAT: I don't think so.

GLENN: I don't think so, either.

PAT: He may have said it and I just missed it, but I don't remember.

GLENN: I think I could we have somebody look and see?

PAT: If he said that in the past?

GLENN: If he said that in the past? Are you familiar, have you ever heard him say there are patriots that are for this war and patriots that are against this war?

STU: I certainly don't remember it, especially when

GLENN: It doesn't mean it didn't happen.

STU: Right. I think he would say people agree and disagree. I'm sure he's giving a general sort of statement that people can agree or disagree with this war and still be patriotic but I don't think I've ever

GLENN: He probably has said something like that.

STU: But I don't think I've ever heard that around, you know, President Bush calling him a patriot before.

PAT: But he gave President Bush a lot more credit than Gibbs would yesterday. Yesterday Gibbs was pushed pretty hard by Gretchen Carlson.

GLENN: Yes.

PAT: To, okay, just can you admit that the surge worked? Can you admit that Bush really did some good things in Iraq?

CARLSON: Will the president, will President Obama credit President Bush tonight in his speech for the success in Iraq?

GIBBS: Again, Gretchen, I think you've asked me this question twice and I've given you an answer.

CARLSON: No, this is the first time I've asked you the question. Will President Obama thank President Bush tonight during his speech for the success of the surge?

GIBBS: No, that's actually now the fourth time you've asked me that question.

CARLSON: Well, you haven't answered it. Will he credit President Bush tonight for the success of the surge?

GIBBS: That's Number 5. Let me give you the same answer I gave you

GLENN: Stop. Hold on just a second. We at least know that Gibbs can count to 5.

PAT: Yes.

STU: I don't know that he can. She I think she completely disagrees with his count. She said it was the first time and he said it was the second time. Then he asked it one more time and he said it was the fourth time. I don't think he can count to five.

CARLSON: Three strikes and you're out. You've had five chances to answer the question. Will he, will he credit President Bush tonight?

GIBBS: Gretchen, I don't know whether this is you actually interviewing me or just a tape of you looping the same question over and over again. There is no doubt

GLENN: This is amazing.

GIBBS: the president will mention that adding men and women into Iraq improved the security situation. There's no doubt about that. But I think we would all recognize, Gretchen, if you'll take a moment to understand that we wouldn't be where we are in Iraq without the political accommodation, we wouldn't be in Iraq, where we are in Iraq today without the Sunni awakening, where Sunni tribes decided instead of fighting with Al Qaeda they would fight against Al Qaeda. There are a whole series of factors that went into marking where we are today.

PAT: So don't thank George W. Bush. Thank the Sunni tribes. That's who won this war.

GLENN: There's nothing no, no, seriously there's nothing wrong with that.

PAT: No, nothing at all.

GLENN: No, uh uh.

PAT: I mean, you'd rather, really you'd rather credit the Sunni tribes?

STU: What, is that the eleventh time you've asked that question, Pat?

PAT: No, I think it was the second.

STU: Ask me 30 more times, Pat. You've asked that question 117 times today.

PAT: All I want to know is

STU: 3,000 times!

PAT: Can you not give credit

GLENN: Pat, I do have to tell you I think he's making a very good point.

PAT: It's a good point. He just can't count.

GLENN: It really is a very good point, Stu. You know what? I think you've won the argument.

STU: Thank you. I mean, if somebody's going to ask me a question 114 million times.

GLENN: I heard it, from the same people that have brought us $4.4 trillion in additional spending to cut the deficit, I think they're very good at counting in numbers, aren't they?

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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Our Fourth Amendment, which protects our right to privacy, has never been in more danger. Journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain how the digital world has given leaders — both in government and corporations — the ability to not only spy on Americans, but to track their patterns of behavior, too.

Lara explained why, even if you think you have nothing to hide, you should be very concerned. Because these digital "human terrain maps" could be used to manipulate you in any way those in control see fit.

"The purpose of your privacy is much more than just being out of public view," Lara said. "There is really nothing that's more central to our democracy than the right to privacy. I mean, all of the rights in the Constitution have a real purpose, and a real value, and if we allow people to take them away from us, we voluntarily are surrendering that. We are lambs to the slaughter.

"They're not just looking at what you have to hide. They're looking to manipulate you into doing what they want. These are control systems. That's what they are," Lara explained. "What they do with the information is they create a 'human terrain map' for every single person on the planet, anyone within a digital signature or within their reach. They are creating a human terrain map that can be used against you, by anyone."

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