Michelle Obama: 'Prepare to earn less'




“We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we’re asking young people to do” - Michelle Obama

GLENN: Here's the thing. I could have a big old sloppy drink right now just reading the newspaper and, you know, while I watch someone from the wetlands commission tell me how to plant a frickin' carrot. And then I open up the newspaper and I read about Michelle Obama, how she's drawing the crowds. She gave another inspirational message of change and hope that I don't know if you heard in Zanesville, Ohio. You know, they could use some hope there in Ohio. You know, they're struggling. Average median household income 2004, $37,000. That's below Ohio and the national averages. 20% of the people there don't have a high school degree. What does she go, she goes and tells the people in Zanesville, Ohio, you know, the people who are living the this kind of life, the ones who have been living with low incomes the past few years, what message of change and hope does this woman bring? Quote: Don't go into corporate America. She said, we need people to go into the helping industry but if you do go into in direction, as we're encouraging young people to do, your salaries will respond. So she's telling struggling people, quit pursuing higher paying jobs and stay poor. She said, do what Barack and I did. We quit the money-making industry and went into public service. You have got to be kidding me. She goes on to claim the only reason they were able to escape the money trouble was because Barack wrote to best selling books. Really? Is that what it is? It wasn't the Princeton or Harvard education. It was that he wrote a couple of books. Really? She said it was like Jack and the Magic Beans. Once again, this is the prime example of a liberal who has made it and tossing their own success story aside as a fluke, sending the message loud and clear, you can't make it, I did but not because of a Princeton or Harvard education but because, you know, he wrote a book. Even if you do make it, she argues that the cost of college and education is so high that you'll be paying it off forever. Basically it's just not worth it. She says, I'm in my 40s and we're just paying off our student loans. You went to Harvard and Princeton. "We left corporate America and that's what we're asking you to do." Oh, good, good, leave corporate America, good. What she conveniently leaves out is, you know, is that she made up quite well in the helping industry as she likes to call it. She was the vice president of community affairs for a hospital in Chicago. She was making $121,900 in 2004. So that's a lot different than the $37,000 that, you know, people in Zanesville are making. About $121,900 in 2004. And then there was this weird coincidence. Her husband was elected senator of Illinois and her salary mysteriously jumped to $316,962 the very next year. That's weird how that happened, huh? That's crazy. But it's a good thing that she's helping and left corporate America. Community affairs industry, wow, that seems to be booming and quite lucrative, too. Not quite the sacrifice she might have left the audience with.

Oh, by the way, and the salary doesn't include corporate boards she still served on. So I'm just trying to figure this out. She wants us to leave corporate America, yet you can still serve on corporate boards. Now, you combine that with the salary of a United States senator and I would say that Obama's -- you know, I think they're doing pretty well for themselves. I don't think they're in need of Jack and his Magic Beans.

Now, let me ask you this question. Is this really the message of hope and change? Really? We made it but it was complete luck. You are going to be riddled with debt. So just do a job that helps people. Don't worry about the sacrifices you're going to have to make. How does she get away with telling a -- how does anyone stand in that building and not walk out? How does she tell a crowd of people who are making an average of $37,000 a year -- that's a household income -- to prepare themselves to serve the common -- for the common good and make even less money. You want a message of change? You want a message of hope? Here's one. How about telling people you can be whatever you want to be! How about telling people that if you do your best, you can make it. How about telling people you're going to do your best to make sure that the system is set up for them to pursue their dreams, whatever their dream may be, we're going to clear a path for ya. We're going to get all of -- we're going to let you plant carrots in your backyard if you want to! You want a message of hope and change? How about you're able to stop being ashamed of the fact that you were able to live the American dream. How about a message of hope that uses your own life as a blueprint for others to follow? We were disadvantaged. We had troubles. Barack's father wasn't in his life. He struggled because he wasn't a part of either race. He was white and he was black. He struggled and he made it and he's running for President of the United States. Never give up!" How about that message of hope and change. And let me ask you another question. What's wrong with being an executive? They are making it possible for millions of people to have jobs. What's wrong with being a lawyer? They often help people who are in need. Of course, they suck a lot of the times as well, but so does every profession. What's wrong with being a vice president of community affairs at a hospital making $391,000 a year? Nothing is wrong with that. What's wrong is telling Americans that they can't make it, that they have to settle for something other than what their hopes and dreams are, that they have to settle for something that they don't want to do. They have to do something that's good for the people.

Let me ask you this. What if Jon Huntsman, I told you about this guy. Guy who grew up literally in a house with cardboard walls, now one of the richest people in the world. What if Jon Huntsman never went into the corporate world? What if he never created the plastic fork and spoon? What if he never created, oh, those evil styrofoam containers for McDonald's. I'm sure the thousands of cancer patients at the Huntsman Cancer Institute wouldn't want to go back into history and change that career choice. I bet you there's nobody who is sick with cancer and currently being cure in his cancer institute would say, yeah, I wish he would have done something for the common good. He is doing something good for the common good! He's just used his wealth to get there, wealth that he created, wealth that was not handed to him on a plate. You know what, Michelle? I know you are not proud of this country. I know you are not proud of the opportunities that we have in this country but I am. I am. I've seen ordinary Americans give selflessly of themselves, whether they're doctors, they're lawyers, they're hedge fund managers, truckdrivers, wives of presidential candidates. What you don't understand, Michelle, is that we are already a helping nation. We just don't believe the bureaucrats in Washington know how to help. I believe my neighbors know how to help. I believe I know how to help. I believe Americans know how to help. We don't need to leave our evil corporate jobs to help. In fact, since you obviously don't know this, Michelle Obama, let me explain. We are the best in the world at helping others. Which country donated the most money, civilian donations, to tsunami victims? Which nation was it? What country had its citizens standing in line to give blood even though there was no use for blood on 9/11? What country has an endless amount of church groups and mission trips helping others all around the world for clean water? What country do you think has the longest list of thank you cards received from any other country from saving them from an evil dictator or genocidal maniac? What country has made the most military sacrifice in the name of helping others than anyone else in history? What country has freed more people than any other country in the history of mankind? What country has consistently been the brightest beacon of hope since it began back in 1776? Hope and change isn't something that's unique, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. It's not unique. It's what this country was founded on. The United States of America and the citizens that make it up. It's nothing. The government is nothing without the citizens that make it up. We have been providing hope and change to the rest of the world for quite some time now and maybe you should shut the pie hole for a few minutes and read some history. Or maybe you should just take four years off and sit back and watch it as it happens. Perhaps you discover the same thing the rest of Americans already discovered, that despite our problems, despite our mistakes, despite all the things that we have done wrong in the past, we're the greatest country in the history of this planet. That's not jingoistic to say it. It's just the truth. If you did that, if you just took some time and read just history, just read the history prior to the Progressives taking over, read the founding fathers and their words. Read about the American Revolution. Read about the average person, the average person that walked without shoes, without any clothing, that were naked, that stayed in the winters. Read about those people. Maybe if you did that, you would stop saying stupid things like "Leave corporate America." Maybe you would understand that hope and change isn't coming from the government. It comes from within the individual, that the power is not in Washington. That's a lie. That's a lie that gives people like you and your husband power. It's a lie that gives people like John McCain power and Hillary Clinton power and George W. Bush power. Lies don't give power for long. Truth is the source of all ultimate power and the truth is God gives people rights, liberty and power and we lend them do people like you. If you're worthy, if we see that you're somebody that sees America in the same way we do, if you see America as a place where people can follow their own unique dream, they can follow it, they can follow it and they can serve other people or they can follow it and they can destroy themselves. That's what makes America great. That's why we're proud. That's why millions of people come here. That's why people crawl here. That's why people make rafts to float here. That's why people give up their life in pursuit of coming here because it is the land of opportunity, not the land of perfect government, not the land that never made any mistakes but the land of opportunity, to pull yourself up by the bootstraps, sitting in your multimillion dollar mansion, you of all people should realize that. But you don't and sadly you probably never will.

Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders joined Glenn Beck on this week's podcast to share her unique perspective as a trusted adviser and confidante to President Donald Trump for two and a half years, which she also details in her new book, "Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom, and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House."

Sarah described the unprecedented levels of corruption she saw firsthand during the Russia probe and shocking lengths to which Democratic leaders and the mainstream media would go to "take the president down."

Sarah said she often saw sides of Donald Trump that the media never covered. Recently, she went on the record denying the Atlantic's claims that the president mocked our military during a 2018 trip to France. She was on that trip, she told Glenn, and her account of what really happened paints a very different picture.

"The people who are making this outrageous charge are such cowards for doing so in an anonymous way. If you really believed this, and believed it was wrong, one, why did it take you so long? And, two, put your name on it the way the rest of us have," Sarah said.

"He didn't say those things. Not only was I there that day, Glenn, I spent two and a half years traveling all over the world with the president, watching him interact with men and women of our armed forces almost every single day during that two-and-a-half year period," she added.

"This is a person who loves America and loves the people who allow the rest of us to live in America, free, and have prosperity. And I got to see that a lot. I think it is shameful that people are trying to distort who he is and what he has done, particularly when it comes to the men and women in the military."

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The Daily Beast recently reported on a group of 50-plus leading progressive organizations that calls itself the Fight Back Table or FBT, who are planning for a "post-Election Day political apocalypse scenario."

The FBT held a meeting on Zoom to launch an initiative they dubbed the "Democracy Defense Nerve Center." Meeting participants prepared for expected threats to a fair election in November, such as "armed right-wing militia dudes show[ing] up in polling places," or poll locations that "mysteriously close" on Election Day. They also predicted that President Donald Trump would claim victory regardless of November's election results, which would lead to inevitable "mass public unrest."

"It is very obvious that Trump is laying the groundwork for claiming victory no matter what ... we will fight to protect [our democracy] from what we truly see as a president who has gone off the rails and taking this country down an authoritarian fascist path," said MoveOn Executive Director Rahna Epting.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn argued that the left is using large-scale mail-in voting — which unlike absentee ballots does not require voters to submit an application ahead of the election — to set the stage for chaos, revolution, and ultimately cause civil war to destroy our nation.

"No one will believe the [election] outcome because they're changing the way we're electing a president this time. And people don't understand the difference ... this is Democratic states just printing ballots and mass mailing them," Glenn said.

"They've been war-gaming this forever," he continued. "And the media is trying to make it look as if the right is the one that is violent. We're not planning anything to happen on Election Day, except to go and vote. The chaos that's coming, I think is remarkable. And if the DOJ doesn't get involved and find out who these groups are and what they have planned, you are going to have intimidation and chaos the week of the voting, and for weeks [afterward] until we go into civil war. This is not hyperbole. This is what the left is now saying."

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Netflix film 'Cuties' is darker than you thought

'Cuties'/Netflix

Plague. Recession. Riots. Looting. Fires. Murder Hornets. And now, as we round the third base toward the home stretch, 2020 gives us Cuties, a delightful French coming-of-age film by Maïmouna Doucouré that's half Stand by Me and half Coyote Ugly – if you were to combine both films into an anthropomorphic entity and then forcefully dip its toe into the perilous waters of pedophilia.

Cuties begins by showing us an 11-year-old Senegalese girl named Amy, whose fundamentalist Muslim family has recently moved to France. We learn that Amy's father has gone back to Senegal to bring home the woman who is to become his second wife. The mother's struggle is very clear to Amy, who begins right then and there to develop a hatred for her father. She starts looking for ways to rebel, and soon lands in the company of a group of ne'er-do-well girls, who fancy themselves dancers and have adopted the group name "Cuties". Their primary goal in life at the moment – and the thing that drives the film's narrative – is to participate in and win the big dance competition coming up soon. The ring-leader – a dark-haired bespectacled girl who resembles Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to such an eerie extent that it can't have been on accident – lives in Amy's building, and the two form a kind of delicate friendship throughout the film.

Here is where the movie most resembles a female version of Stand by Me, and it's also where I began to understand that this is a remarkably beautiful film at times. It's well-shot, well-scored, and well-acted. In fact, Fathia Youssouf Abdillahi (the actress who portrays Amy) is quite possibly the most talented child actor I've ever seen.

I began to understand that this is a remarkably beautiful film at times.

The portrayal of this group of girls wending their way through the thick tangles of childhood and constantly grasping at what they perceive to be higher concepts of adulthood is somehow both charming and bothersome at the same time. Knowing virtually nothing of the real world of sexuality, they engage in a kind of whimsical speculation as to how sex works that almost comically mirrors the aforementioned Oscar-winning film (and a ton of other coming-of-age movies as well). Some of this is fine. There's a particularly funny-turns-emotional moment when one of the girls, upon finding a used condom lying around in the woods, blows it up like a balloon and begins playing around with it. The other girls – who at least know enough to know that one doesn't touch such things for fear of disease – immediately recoil from her, tell her that she's going to catch AIDS, and so embarrass and frighten her that she begins to cry. The scene is, again, beautifully shot, and I found myself sympathizing with the character as she feels an overwhelming moment of ostracization-through-misadventure. In the following scene, we are treated to a montage of the girls washing her mouth out with soap, and it breaks the tension.

All of that to say that not only does this movie have plenty of redeemable moments that are on the beat film-wise, but also that it will pull you in headlong whether you want it to or not – which is what a good film is supposed to do.

But, alas, there's more. And I'm not so much talking about the risqué dancing that's done throughout the film. Here's why: as if the plot structure of every coming-of-age story didn't lay it out clearly enough for us, kids strive to be adults. The results are often hilarious, sometimes disturbing, but it's their nature. Kids want to be more like adults. And in a world – such as the one depicted in this movie – where children either can't or won't seize on the example of adulthood provided by their own parents, a vacuum is created. And nothing fills the vacuum of responsible parenting better than social media.

For the girls, it is the well from which they draw their inspiration, acceptance and love. "Likes" are the currency of the realm, and if you don't think this is true in your own kids' world today, you need to wake up and smell the Zuckerberg.

Thus, it is no surprise that these young dancing girls are modeling their very existence after what they see in online videos, and regurgitating the same back at the soulless machine. That they would be twerking and gyrating in a manner that falsely suggests they do know a thing or two about sex is normal when you consider that they're dining daily on visual and musical junk food – art perhaps not entirely without merit, but certainly without taste. And if there's one thing about the movie that phone-it-in parents might do well to see, it is perhaps the juxtaposition of budding childhood and the laissez faire morality adhered to by the demigods of popular culture. In short: these girls are just trying to be like the only set of role models afforded to them.

Here's what should (in my opinion, anyway) not be okay, though.

Aside from the moments of dancing, this film is filled with the cinematography of sexuality. When you watch any film in which there is a femme fatale character (or in some cases several of them), the way in which they are shot by the camera is extremely suggestive of overt sexuality. To quote one of my favorite online film critics: "You may not have noticed, but your brain did." Tracking shots over women's bodies, particularly up their backside or across a heaving bosom all decorated in cleavage, are a stock in trade for many filmmakers (and the only one for some of them). It's so common in the making of movies that it's often lampooned as a trope.

I'm reticent to accuse the woman who made this film of directly catering to the desires of pedophiles – but... I can't completely dismiss the idea, either.

We'll save the discussion about whether or not this is offensive when actresses in their twenties and thirties do it for another time. What I would hope we could all agree on is that you don't – in good conscience – use those same tracking shots over the bodies of a group of 11-year-old girls, even to make a point. And you certainly don't do it over and over and over throughout the course of a movie. The unstated purpose of such shots in a regular film is to give the viewer a taste of the voyeur. You wouldn't be allowed, in polite society, to walk up to a woman and stare at her from inches away, scanning down her body as if you were about to fax her someplace. But with the movie camera, you get a little taste of that. Dopamine rushes to your brain, and you're instantly glad you shelled out the twenty bucks to see the movie.

And while it's theoretically possible that the unstated purpose on behalf of the filmmaker changes when the subject is a little girl, it can't be denied or even overlooked that, for a certain subset of the viewing population, the effect does not. I'm reticent to accuse the woman who made this film of directly catering to the desires of pedophiles – but after having sat through an hour and a half of shot after shot of this very overt technique, I can't completely dismiss the idea, either.

As Amy progresses down the path that her (barely) world-wise friends have chosen, she becomes far more steeped in it, because she has no sense of the unseen boundaries which exist even in a hedonistic postmodern society such as present-day France. She spirals out of control very quickly, trying to outdo her friends in overt displays of sexuality and even violent aggressiveness. If there is a redeeming quality to the message of the movie, it is that we are fairly explicitly told through what we see her go through that this is not the best life for her. That escaping from the oppressive Muslim traditions of her family is a thing she should seek, but that this is not the way to go about it. All throughout her journey, we are subjected to close-up images of her body (and the bodies of the other girls). At one point, Amy's mother and aunt seem to be performing a kind of exorcism on her to drive out the evil rebellious spirits they believe have taken over, and Amy vibrates in the middle of the room on her knees in a paroxysm of movement which is half-dance, half-apparent-demonic possession, and all sex. I don't mean to be graphic here, but she may as well have been doing a full-on sex scene, for all the heavy breathing and gyration and rank passion that's going on. As an adult – and particularly as a parent – it made me literally feel ill to watch.

It's a beautiful final scene... but it fails to pull the film from the mire into which it's dipped.

And, if you believe the film's director, that's what you're supposed to feel. She claims that the whole intent of the movie is to get people to feel uncomfortable as they realize the hyper-sexualized nature of children in our modern world, and how it's driven by the nanny state that is social media in our modern era. Part of me wants to applaud the effort – it certainly worked on me. I walked away from my television with a feeling of nausea and a renewal of the commitment in my head toward doing anything and everything I can to make sure that my own children never watch this film. The fact that the movie ends with Amy making a choice to reclaim her childhood – that she walks away both from the more oppressive elements of her Muslim upbringing (insofar as she will be able – we are never told) and from trying to become an adult too soon (insofar as she will be able – we are also never told) and embraces just being an 11-year-old girl – that fact doesn't change what's transpired. It's a beautiful final scene – it really is – but it fails to pull the film from the mire into which it's dipped.

In summary, I can't really put any sort of seal of approval on this film, despite part of me wanting to. I generally subscribe to the idea that showing us a thing is far better than telling us a thing – but there are limits, and I think Cuties crosses them. As much as I want to believe that the director's motives are pure as the driven snow, it's not lost upon me that – as I mentioned before – one of the main characters (with whom we are meant to be sympathetic multiple times throughout the film) is very obviously meant to be the prototypical girl-who-wants-to-be-AOC. This film is at war with its own supposed message – it seeks to convey the horrors of oversexualized youth while laying out on for open display an entire smorgasbord of pedophilic fantasies. The game simply isn't worth the candle.

Osama bin Laden's niece, Noor bin Ladin (Noor's family has always spelled their name differently than her uncle) wrote an open letter to America, praising our country as "a beacon of democracy and hope for all subjugated peoples" across the world, and warning: "America, you are at the very edge of the precipice. Please wake up! Take hold! Fight for your country, and be proud of your roots! Uphold your values. Stand for your flag and your anthem. Defend your history. Don't relent in the face of those who seek to re-write it to serve their narrative and justify the destruction of your nation. You have much to cherish and protect for your sake, and ours."

Noor never stood with or supported her uncle. In fact, she grew up with an American flag proudly displayed in her childhood bedroom. Now a resident of Switzerland, she describes the chaos and destruction she's seen spread across America over the last several months.

"Watching the gratuitous violence, streets burn, buildings and statues being defaced in America over these past months, I am heartbroken to see how an entire generation was successfully brainwashed into hating the very nation that has yielded the most freedom, justice and equality anywhere in the world.

"I am also highly distressed by the blatant erosion at various levels of your most basic individual rights and freedoms as guaranteed by your Bill of Rights, from arbitrary censorship of speech to unlawful, politically motivated abuses of justice," she wrote.

Noor warned America that if we don't stand up, defend our history, and cherish the principles which make our country great, than those who have sought to undermine our country for decades will divide and destroy us from within.

"The truth is that the undoing of America has been decades in the making. The globalists, Deep State, swamp, whichever name you call them, have been hard at work to weaken America's sovereignty and standing as world leader. Intent on erecting a new system of world governance where they would be in total control, they are seeking to undermine the fundamental principle of your country, "a government for the people by the people", replacing it instead with a world order of international institutions ultimately puppeteered by a caste of technocrats, oligarchs and international bankers.

"Though your Constitution stands firmly in their way, it never deterred them. Like a trojan horse, they infiltrated governmental and intelligence agencies, and all realms of society - education, media, entertainment, culture. At their disposal, tools of mass population influence: propaganda, fake news and censorship. By pushing their marxist-socialist progressive agenda for years, they set out to destroy your fundamental values and divide you. They negated God, dissolved the family unit and dissevered us from moral objectivity, effectively leaving a vacuum of degeneracy, cognitive dissonance and absurdity in its wake," she added.

Read the full letter here.

On the radio program Friday, Glenn Beck shared several highlights from Noor's letter as well as her first-ever interview with the New York Post.

"A letter was written to America this week. I want you to listen to the words," said Glenn. "'America, you are at the very edge of the precipice. Please wake up! Take hold! Fight for your country, and be proud of your roots! Uphold your values. Stand for your flag and your anthem. Defend your history. Don't relent in the face of those who seek to re-write it to serve their narrative and justify the destruction of your nation. You have much to cherish and protect for your sake, and ours.' [...] The woman who wrote that, the woman who is an American at heart, who is warning us, is Osama bin Laden's [niece]."

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*Note: Glenn mistakenly referred to Noor Bin Ladin as Osama bin Laden's sister. She is his niece.


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