Glenn Beck apologizes for calling Obama racist

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In his only TV interview after his Saturday rally at the Lincoln Memorial, TV and radio talk show host Glenn Beck apologized for calling President Obama "racist" during a segment on the "Fox and Friends" morning cable news show last year.

In response to a question about the remark from "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace, Beck said that he never should have said what he said the way he said it. "'Racist' - first of all, it shouldn't have been said," he replied. "It was poorly said. I have a big fat mouth sometimes and I say things. That's just not the way people should behave. And it was not accurate."

Beck continued to criticize the President's religious worldview in the interview, however, focusing on Obama's repeated references to collective salvation in speeches and remarks. Beck characterized this view as "Marxism disguised as religion" in the interview, a subject he has brought up frequently on his Fox News Channel TV show.

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In the half-hour interview, Beck also remarked on his serving as fodder for satirists and Internet buzz about a possible Beck-Palin Presidential ticket in 2012. That talk was fueled largely by the success of the Saturday rally, which drew a crowd variously estimated at anywhere from 90,000 to 300,000 in size. The rally was promoted as a salute to the members of America's armed forces, and largely kept to its declared nonpolitical tone, with Palin making the only political comment of the event in an indirect dig at the President.

Asked what he thought about "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, who satirized the Beck rally along with his Comedy Central stablemate Stephen Colbert before the event, Beck told Wallace, "I think he's funny. Quite honestly I think he should write me a check. I don't think there's anybody on radio or television that makes more jokes about themselves than me." Beck has on numerous occasions in the past described himself as primarily an entertainer, even characterizing himself as a "rodeo clown" in one interview.

Beck dismissed out of hand the talk of a run for elective office, with or without Palin. "I don't know what Sarah's doing, (but) I have no desire to be president of the United States, zero desire. I don't think that I would be electable," he told Wallace.

Beck's on-air apology on "Fox News Sunday" was actually the second he had made on the remark. His first apology for the "racist" remark came on a nationally syndicated conservative radio talk show on the Friday before the rally. It is also the second time this year he has issued an apology for remarks made about the President and his family. In late May, Beck apologized for derisive remarks poking fun at 11-year-old Malia Obama that sparked widespread outrage on the Left and in much of the mainstream media.

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