Glenn Beck Apologizes for Mocking Obama's Daughter
Beck issued an apology on his website Friday after bloggers and parents objected to the tirade from Beck, who in the past has argued that the media should "leave families alone."
In his radio show, "The Glenn Program" on Premiere Radio Networks, Beck mocked Malia Obama for asking her father if he'd managed to stop oil from continuing to spill out into the Gulf of Mexico. At a news conference Thursday, the president recounted how his daughter had asked him, "Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?" -- in an effort to illustrate how all Americans are anxious about the BP oil rig that's now become America's worst oil spill in history.
Afterward Beck made fun of the anecdote, imitating Malia in a squeaky voice.
"Daddy? Daddy? Daddy, did you plug the hole yet? Daddy?" he said. Then Beck's co-host Pat Gray responded as if he were the president.
"Honey, not yet... Not time yet, honey. Hasn't done enough damage," Gray said.
Then Beck took his argument a step further, saying the exchange reveals something about Malia's education. The 11-year-old and her 9-year-old sister Sasha go to Sidwell Friends, an exclusive and high-performing academy that's sometimes called "the Harvard of Washington's private schools."
"'Did you plug the hole yet, daddy?' Is that's their -- that's the level of their education, that they're coming to -- they're coming to daddy and saying 'Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?'" Plug the hole!" Beck said on his Friday morning radio show.
Later in the 4-minute segment, Beck turned the routine toward Obama's race. "Why do you hate black people so much?" he said, still imitating Malia in a baby voice.
"I'm part white, honey," Gray responded in the voice of the president.
Friday's segment ran just two days after another piece on Beck's radio program in which he decried critics of Sarah Palin's family. "Leave people's families alone. I don't think I've ever... We've never done anything but protect families... Leave families alone," he said at the time.
Under criticism from liberal blogs like Media Matters and others, Beck issued an apology saying, "I broke my own rule about leaving kids out of political debates."
"The children of public figures should be left on the sidelines," Beck wrote. "It was a stupid mistake and I apologize -- and as a dad I should have known better."