After being called on a white lie he told during his Restoring Honor rally, Glenn Beck admitted Thursday that he stretched the truth because he “thought it would be a little easier.”
Beck had claimed that he held George Washington’s handwritten first Inaugural Address in his hands at the National Archives, but a spokeswoman at the institution said he did no such thing. Keith Olbermann, Ed Schultz and others called him out for the fabrication.
“I thought it would be a little easier in the speech,” Beck said, than to go into the following elaborate explanation (via Mediaite):
Yesterday I went to the National Archives, and they opened up the vault, and they put on their gloves and then they put it on a tray. They wheeled it over and it’s all in this hard plastic and you’re sitting down at a table and you can’t, because of Sandy Berger, I had a long conversation with him about this, you can’t actually touch any of the documents, these are very very rare. So what they do, they have it in this plastic thing and they hold them right in front of you, you can’t touch them but then you can say ‘can you turn it over,’ and then they turn it over for you and then you look at it. I thought it was a little clumsy to explain it that way.
“Barack, pickup.” — An announcement made at New Orleans’s Parkway Bakery and Tavern when the president ordered some lunch.
“I can’t spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead.” — Barack Obama, addressing the ongoing — and discredited — claims that he’s not a U.S. citizen.
“You with the builders or the asses?” — Rep. Anthony Weiner, tweeting about the options before voters this year.
“I think Abraham Lincoln said something to the effect that ‘we know the Lord loves poor people because he made so many of them.’ I think the president should have said, ‘We know the Lord loves stupid people because he made so many of them.'” — Democratic consultant James Carville, on how Obama should address those who think he’s a Muslim.
“This could be the ‘Ed March.'” — MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, claiming that he could pull off something similar to Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally.
“Why was he so boring?” — Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, reacting to Obama’s Oval Office address on Iraq.
“If I died.” — New York City MayorMichael Bloomberg, offering the only circumstances under which he would not finish his third term.
“I’ve got 34 goats that depend on me daily. I couldn’t be away that long.” — Former Rep. Dick Armey, explaining why he wouldn’t/couldn’t run for the presidency in 2012.
“I hope they die in a fire.” — MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, reacting to a website’s posting of her address and apartment floor plan.
“I love the president, and I believe he truly likes me.” — Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao, getting personal about Obama.
PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer rose to national fame defending the state’s immigration law and warning of rising violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, including a claim that headless bodies were turning up in the Arizona desert.
But the claim has come back to haunt her after her stammering debate performance in which she failed to back it up and ignored repeated questions on the issue from a scrum of reporters.
Brewer has spent the time since backtracking and trying to repair the damage done from her cringe-worthy debate against underdog challenger Terry Goddard.
“That was an error, if I said that,” the Republican told The Associated Press on Friday. “I misspoke, but you know, let me be clear, I am concerned about the border region because it continues to be reported in Mexico that there’s a lot of violence going on and we don’t want that going into Arizona.”
She said she was referring to beheadings and other cartel-related violence in Mexico in comments she made earlier this summer about decapitated bodies found in the state’s southern region.
Brewer’s candidacy caught a big break in April, when she signed a controversial new state immigration law that put local police officers on the front lines of enforcing federal immigration law. At the time, Brewer’s primary campaign faced serious challenges, but signing the bill cleared her path to what proved to be an easy primary win on Aug. 24.
A veteran Arizona political observer said her latest gaffes may not sway many voters but could put a charge into Goddard’s campaign.
“I think it gave him an opening,” said Bruce Merrill, a longtime pollster and retired Arizona State University journalism professor.
Goddard can now play the debate clips over and over as he attacks her competence to lead Arizona.