Speaking on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace, Glenn Beck gave his first interview after Saturday's Restoring Honor rally in Washington, DC. While much of the conversation focused on the rally and religion, there were some answers that are bound to drive more water-cooler conversation on Monday.
Starting at the 10:40 mark in the interview, Wallace asked Beck if his claim that Obama is a racist destroyed Beck's credibility in talking about "reclaiming the civil rights movement."
Toward the end of a lengthy response, Beck said that he "miscast" Obama's liberation theology as racism. Then things got more interesting. Vote on a selection of Becks' comments and watch the full 25-minute interview below.
Wallace: "Do you regret having called [Obama] a racist and saying he had a deep seated hatred for white people?" Beck: "Of course I do. I don't want to retract the, um ... I want to amend that I think it is much more of a theological question, that he is a guy who understands the world through liberation theology, which is oppressor-and-victim. 'Racist,' first of all, it shouldn't have been said. 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. It is liberation theology that has shaped his world view."
Asked what he thinks of Jon Stewart Beck: "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. I've tried to get Frank Caliendo -- who does a great me, I mean really, really well -- I've tried to get him on the show to do the chalkboard and mock me himself. There's a lot of stuff to make fun of."
Wallace: "What's with all the crying?" Beck: "Did you notice that I didn't during the speech? ... I was a hard-living, hard-drinking guy. I don't know what happened, but when I stopped drinking and I turned my life around, and I began to care about stuff, I got all mushy inside. There is nothing, nothing that drives me crazy more than crying all the time"
Wallace: "The blog traffic right now is a Beck-Palin national ticket in 2012." Beck: "Not a chance. I don't know what Sarah's doing. I hope to be on vacation. I have no desire to be President of the United States. Zero desire. I don't think that I would be electable. There are far too many people that are far smarter than me to be president."
"I think both parties have sold their souls."