Talk show host Glenn Beck slammed President Barack Obama Friday for his poor choice of priorities in the wake of Thursday’s shootings at Fort Hood, Texas.
Beck released a video on his Web site mocking the president for making everything in his administration into a crisis – except for the war in Afghanistan, where Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. forces, says America faces defeat unless the president deploys 40,000 more troops.
“Sure, there is a desperate need for help in Afghanistan; that decision can wait,” Beck said in the video. “You know, we have work to do with AmeriCorps and we have a 2,000-page bill on something 54 percent of Americans don’t want.”
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Beck said Obama considers passing a healthcare bill that a majority of Americans oppose more important than showing leadership in Afghanistan. Over the past two months, U.S. troops have suffered the highest casualty numbers since the war began in 2001.
“President Obama, this isn’t ain’t a college classroom,” Beck said. “It’s time for you to make decisions. It’s time for you to make one ? whatever it is.”
Beck also mocked the singer Sting’s admonition that Obama is the right man for the job and that he was sent by God because “the world’s a mess.” He facetiously said the singer knows that God chose Obama because everything is an emergency from the economy to global warming. As a result, Beck said sarcastically, Sting possibly thinks God told the president to treat passing his economic stimulus program, government healthcare and cap-and-trade plans, and closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay as dire emergencies.
“Roll up your sleeves, America. Everything else is less important because there is stuff like, you know, helping our troops,” Beck said. “… The finest America has to offer are counting on you. …
“You were selected because you wanted the job and you wanted the decision. Make a decision, why wait?” Beck said pointing into the camera. “I guess only God and Sting know the answer.
A call to the White House seeking comment was not immediately returned.
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