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Obama's Arugula Moment
AUGUST 23, 2007


GLENN: Anyway, the arugula moment.

STU: That's the one I want. That's my choice.

GLENN: That's your choice now?

STU: Because I love the idea -- this story is fascinating to me because Barack Obama trying to relate to the Midwestern farmer about arugula.

GLENN: Yeah, he's in Iowa to speak about rural issues and, you know, he's trying to sympathize with farmers whose crop prices are stagnating and he says, anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula? And it was crickets. I mean, there was just, hello, is anybody -- hello, is anybody -- arugula, you know, Whole Foods. It's a supermarket. And so anyway, I mean, there's no hope. The closest Whole Foods I think is in Kansas City. Kansas, that's another state for those in -- another state. A state, it's a collection of cities and areas and rural areas are with trees, et cetera, et cetera. But that's, you know, a different story.

The price of arugula, not oil, is at the top of Obama's list of issues he plans on tackling in his first year in office

So Whole Foods completely un-relatable, and arugula. I mean, the audience, the farmers, one farmer said, the woman sitting next to him and said, what's arugula. When he said, something you can't grow here. He is -- I really think there's something to this. He is exciting to the elite. Well, you know what? So was Michael Moore, but nobody was going to elect him President. He's exciting to Leonardo Di Caprio. He's exciting to Barbra Streisand and they're excited because he is articulate, he is seemingly normal, but more importantly his values and his view of what a country should be is damn near socialist. So they're thrilled with him. But once the -- you know, once the regular schmo finds out about Barack Obama and his views, his real views, it's going to fall apart. He's just not going to make it. And that's when these elites will start to also hurt him because who's going to -- you are talking about Whole Foods in Iowa and arugula? I mean, I don't know about you, but I prefer arugula but I don't think I've ever said, I'd like a good arugula salad right now. I know I've never uttered the phrase, has anybody seen the price of arugula lately? I don't even know what arugula costs? I don't actually even know what arugula is.

STU: I love the fact that he's trying because it's such a, it's so -- it's such a pandering statement because you know what, Barack Obama doesn't care what the price of any leafy vegetable is. He's making millions of dollars off of his book. It doesn't effect him at all.

GLENN: Like he's gone into the supermarket lately for -- you know what, honey, I'll stop by the store, I'll stop by Whole Foods and just pick up some arugula and then he stood there and had been there before, you know, in the last month or so and went, holy cow, the price of arugula has gone up. I mean, that doesn't happen.

STU: Never.

GLENN: That's like me trying to relate, you know, to, you know, a group of just on fire liberal New Yorkers and saying, I know. That Lenin guy, he is crazy, huh? I mean, what?

STU: It's just silly, and I understand that that's a politician thing, that you're supposed to relate to the people, but I think you should have your script written for you by someone who's actually been to Iowa before.

GLENN: You know what, just be honest. Just be honest. Look, I don't know about -- I don't know much about farming, I really don't. I grew up on a farm. If I'm a presidential candidate, I'll say this. I spent my summers on a farm, and you know what I did? I spent most of my summers avoiding automatic work. Farm work is way too hard and you make way too -- it's far too little money to do it. I mean, you know, I believe it's absolutely true. You want to make a fortune in farming? Start with a bigger fortune. So I wasn't interested in farming, and I don't know. The food magically appears on my plate, but I will tell you this. I'm going to get the best damn advisors to find out what we're doing. There are concerns that I have on farming, and there are these -- you know, this, this and this. This corn ethanol, I'm sorry. I know I'm in Iowa, but the ethanol thing is a joke. You know it and I know it. It's a short-term fix. It's a short-term way of giving you money. Now, I don't believe in this. Let's find some other ways to make you money. You want to make money? Good. You know what I'm going to do? I'm going to say no to corn ethanol but I might just say yes to hemp. Because I don't think all you people in this audience -- look at you. Do I think you're going to be out smoking weed? "Hey, come here, come here, come here. Oh, man, you only have to smoke four bales of this hemp, but I am so almost buzzing, it's crazy."

STU: You would have a zero percent approval rating.

GLENN: I would. I would. But at least I'd be honest. Which I would at least be able to lose with my soul. You know what I mean?

STU: Yes. You'd have your soul but that's -- you'd have your soul and one vote, from you and not from your wife.

GLENN: Can I tell you something? Can I tell you something? I actually don't think that's true. Now me, I wouldn't garner any votes, but somebody who has a little more credibility than me, somebody who is -- you know, and this is -- again let me go back to Mitt Romney. This is a thing that I was all for Mitt Romney and then I saw him in a debate and he kept trying to force the name Ronald Reagan into every answer he gave. And I thought, stop it. I don't want you to be Ronald Reagan. I want you to be you. And Rudy Giuliani, I want you to be you. You know, nobody's great trying to be somebody else. Be you. Only you can be great at being you. I want to know who you are. I know who Ronald Reagan is. Who are you. And that's what I think America's starving for. That's why I think Hillary Clinton is unelectable. But then again I thought George Bush was unelectable in 2000. But he was running against somebody unelectable. My gosh, how come almost everybody that runs is unelectable? Don't answer that question, don't answer that question. It will only make you feel worse about yourself, your country and me, quite frankly.






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