Fox News personality Glenn Beck landed in hot water last week after spending much of his Friday radio show taunting First Daughter Malia Obama, on-air. What appeared to set Beck off was a comment President Obama made at a press conference on Thursday in which he relayed a story abut Malia asking him about the crisis in the Gulf, saying “Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?”
Beck used the comment for the basis of a skit in which he mimicked 11-year old Malia Obama’s voice in a mock dialogue with the President, asking things like “Daddy, why do you hate black people so much?” and “Daddy, why do you still let Sarah Palin destroy the environment? Daddy, why don’t you put her in some sort of camp?” As if that weren’t offensive enough, Beck took time out from the exchange to make a few zingers about Malia’s intelligence.
“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.
Last night, Beck issued an apology, saying that he shouldn’t have done the skit, explaining, “The children of public figures should be left on the sidelines. It was a stupid mistake and I apologize—and as a dad I should have known better.”
Quite frankly, he did know better. This skit, which goes on for minutes, involved forethought, planning and execution. It also featured two grown men laughing at a little girl. To call it a stupid mistake is a serious dodge. It was mean, and it was intentionally mean, and no kid deserves that. (You can listen to the skit here and see for yourself)
What do you think? Did Glenn Beck go too far?
Source/Photo: AP Photo/White House – Annie Leibovitz