Glenn Beck's millions of fans were both excited and relieved by the Fox News star's return to the airwaves Wednesday after a brief bout of appendicitis.
And the media establishment may have been glum as Beck came out swinging, calling the Fort Hood shooter, Nidal Malik Hasan, a radical Islamic “extremist” and “terrorist.”
According to a post on Beck's Web site, the conservative icon had been in pain and could barely sleep on Wednesday Nov. 5.
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Being a good soldier, he showed up for work on Thursday and began the nationally syndicated radio program that precedes his Fox News show at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. But the pain continued, and finally Beck had to leave the radio program early to see a doctor.
"Turned out the pain was appendicitis and Glenn underwent surgery," the post on GlennBeck.com states. "Everything went well and he is now in recovery and doing fine."
Despite his illness, the indefatigable Beck tweeted updates on his condition throughout the weekend. His comments indicated that his illness hadn't affected his sense of humor.
"Never a goodnight's sleep in the hospital, but always easier with family, prayers, and AMAZING doctors and nurses," he wrote on Nov. 5, adding: "They didn't even cut off my feet!"
Another tweet sent Monday read: "I know how you feel. Watching the news and knowing [that] what I say to my TV makes no differences. Tons to say, but had a bad day physically so back on Wednesday.”
Beck made up for lost time when he returned to the airwaves Wednesday, criticizing the awkward speech President Barack Obama gave after news originally broke that an attack at Fort Hood had claimed the lives of 13 people.
"You won't find any [other] presidents advocating reparations for special interest groups, making the case for redistribution of wealth or making political promises to people, before he even gets around the mentioning the death of 13 Americans who volunteered to serve not AmeriCorps, not ACORN, but the ideas and the ideals of the founders of the United States of America," Beck said on his radio program, an indication he was still in top form.
On his television program, Beck remarked that after he returned from the hospital earlier in the week, he briefly didn't feel well and called his doctor.
In less than two hours, he said, he was back in the hospital undergoing a CT scan.
Under the Canadian healthcare system, Beck quipped, that wouldn't happen unless the patient lived within two hours of the U.S. border.
Before undergoing the CT scan, Beck said, he "actually gave thanks for the opportunity to live in this amazing time, with this amazing technology."
Beck expressed his gratitude for the sacrifices of U.S. soldiers. He credited them for protecting the liberties and freedoms that make such remarkable advances possible.
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