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Was Glenn Beck Right About Obama?

By 12.30.14

Was Glenn Beck right?

Back there in the mists of 2009, then-Fox TV host Glenn Beck caught heat for saying: “This president, I think, has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture,” adding “I don’t know what it is.” 

Later, Politico reported it this way:

Following up on Beck’s ridiculous claim, Fox’s Brian Kilmeade pointed out that Obama is surrounded by white advisers like David Axelrod, Robert Gibbs, and Rahm Emanuel. 

“I’m not saying he doesn’t like white people,” Beck said. “I’m saying he has a problem. He has a — this guy is, I believe, a racist.”

Down the road a year later Beck recanted, as noted here in the New York Daily News

Post: Rally Attendees Old, White, God-believing, Midwesterners & Southerners

By on 8.28.10 | 12:49PM

Reported on the newspaper's 12:06 update to their story about the Glenn Beck rally:

On the Mall, an overwhelmingly white crowd of tens of thousands stood quietly during an opening prayer, the silence broken only by an occasional "amen." The dense assembly , which contained few young people, stretched from the Lincoln Memorial, past the reflecting pool, to the World War II Memorial and spilled onto the grounds of the Washington Monument.

The crowd, consisting of many from the Midwest and the South, was not visibly angry. Rather, they said they had come to express their fear that the country was at a perilous moment.

The Post reporters were obviously surprised the crowd wasn't angry.

Anita Dunn: Mao Tse Tung Fan?

By on 10.16.09 | 10:53AM

Here's a video from Glenn Beck which seems to show interim White House communications director Anita Dunn listing two of her "favorite political philosophers" in a speech: Mother Teresa and... Mao Tse Tung.

(Skip to 4:10 for the Anita Dunn clip)

Dunn initially juxtaposes the two to make it a joke. "Not often coupled with each other," she says, to a few laughs. Dave Weigel thinks the whole thing's a joke that everyone but Glenn Beck gets.