First Lady Michelle Obama's comments about race in America have Booker T. Washington "spinning in his grave," Glenn Beck said on his radio program Monday.
Speaking at Tuskegee University, a historically black university in Alabama, the first lady told the audience that people "will make assumptions about who they think you are based on their limited notion of the world, and my husband and I know how frustrating that experience can be."
"We both felt the sting of those daily slights throughout our entire lives," she added.
Beck interjected with heavy sarcasm: "No Hispanics, no whites, no Indians, nobody else [has been slighted]. ... I mean, the conservatives have never felt it. The jobs that we are suddenly bypassed for because we're conservative, because of our viewpoint. The religious that are mocked on a daily basis and belittled? Yeah, we've never felt that."
"I'm not comparing what anybody has gone through [to] slavery," Beck clarified. "Or [saying it's the] same as what Martin Luther King went through. But we're not the country of Martin Luther King's time anymore! We are being dragged back to those days."
Beck played more of the first lady's speech, where she discussed "the clerks who kept a close eye on us in all those department stores, the people at formal events who assumed we were the help, and those who have questioned our intelligence, our honesty -- even our love of this country."
"I want to make sure it's very, very clear," Beck said incredulously. "When we say 'their' honesty, we're not talking about black people. We're talking about this particular black person and her husband. We question them like we do the Bushes, like we do with the Clintons, like we do with the Huckabees, like we do with ... Harry Reid, Lindsey Graham, John McCain."
Michelle Obama also said she understands fears "that your job application will be overlooked because of the way your name sounds."
"Like Barack Hussein Obama?" Beck asked. "While we're at a war with a guy named Hussein?"
"It's laughable," Beck's co-host Stu Burguiere agreed. "Can we put this into context one more time? All of these things, in the middle of all these things, describing the worst country you've ever heard of in your entire life, she complains that people continually think that she doesn't love the country."
"It's not because you're black!" Burguiere continued. "It's because ... this is the only way you ever describe the nation you live in. Of course people think you despise it."
Beck said he believes that Barack and Michelle Obama will go down in history as "at least top 10, maybe top five of people who had the biggest opportunity in the world, in all of history, to change things for the better," but chose not to.
"They decided to go the other way," Beck said. "They could have changed race relations forever. And they took us back to the 1960s on grudge politics."
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