Beck: Obama ‘Transforming America’ by Not Using Oval Office

There’s nothing Glenn Beck loves more than finding some utterly irrelevant little piece of symbolic minutiae and blowing it up into a huge deal while everyone around him rolls their eyes (remember his tour of Manhattan to prove that Rockefeller was a communist?). His latest is to throw a fit because Obama didn’t give his address on ISIS from the Oval Office.

“There’s a problem with the Oval Office and this president,” Beck said. “There’s something wrong there.”

Beck is mystified as to why Obama refused to deliver his remarks while seated behind the Resolute Desk and concluded that the only logical explanation is that it is all part of an intentional effort to carry out “a reset of the president of the United States.”

“It is part of the fundamental transformation,” he said. “This guy’s in for eight years, not speaking [from the Oval Office]. He has erased eight years of what that office means. You know, you build up a relationship with the image and he’s changing that image. He’s changing the image of the United States, he’s changing the image of the president of the United States, he’s changing the image of what a president looks like – I’m not talking about color, I’m talking about what he looks like, what the optics are. They’re so fascinated with optics. Why won’t they use the Oval Office? Something’s not right.”

Yeah, but it’s the way your brain works. Everyone just nod and smile and pat Glenn on the head as if he actually wasn’t babbling incoherently.


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  • alanb

    I am trying to think of how often I’ve seen past presidents make speeches or announcements from the Oval Office rather than from behind a podium in one the many public rooms of the White House,. and I am having a hard time coming up with anything.

  • Larry

    and I am having a hard time coming up with anything.

    Kind of like wearing a tan suit, it all comes down to appearances. And it would appear that all those other presidents were speechifying away from the Oval Office while white.

  • dingojack

    Glenny – Like the time when W made an a announcement concluding with:

    ‘Let’s see how far a can hit this ball’ — from a golf course!

    Are you having your memory lapses treated?


  • Modusoperandi

    Look, he didn’t give the speech from the Oval Office. That tells you something. Yes, he has given speeches from behind that desk before. A bunch of times. But not this time. And, yes, other presidents both have given speeches from there and have also given speeches elsewhere, but it’s different in Obama’s case. If only we could figure out why it’s different in Obama’s case…

  • tsig

    The president and the oval office is like the pope and his chair, nothing really counts unless Obama is behind his desk in the Oval Office.

  • raven

    I don’t really see this.

    I thought making the announcement from the Death Star while dressed like a Sith lord was a nice detail. It worked for Cheney.

  • some bastard on the internet

    How can we trust a president who would so callously abandon tradition (which was established by our forefathers) by not giving his speeches while wearing tights and a funny wig?!

    -some bastard on the Pony Express

  • lorn

    Come now Mister Beck, you speak of tan suits and Obama not delivering presentations from the Oval Office when what you really want to do is shout … Nigger, Nigger, Nigger!

    Life would be so much simpler if people would just go ahead and say what they mean. It isn’t as if his listeners would be shocked, or put out. Not as long as nobody who counts, or likely to object, saw them singing along.

  • lofgren

    The oval office was good enough for George W. Washington and it should be good enough for Obama.