Recently we visited TV and radio personality Glenn Beck at his Manhattan office. We were so excited to meet him, but he surprised us by introducing us to former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin before he sat down to talk to us. We asked Glenn lots of questions from his start in the business to the many issues facing our country today.
Was it hard to write the book, “The Christmas Sweater”?

Yeah, it was emotionally difficult to write the book. I thought of things like my grandpa, and my mom and everything else I hadn’t thought of for a long, long time. So it was hard. But it was good. I hadn’t seen my grandfather since he had died and it was — I was actually hard when I finished the book. It was hard because I remember finishing it, turning it in and then about a month later, one of the guys who co-wrote the book with me, he said, how are you doing? I said, I miss my grandfather. It was like I had him with me for awhile.
We saw your interview with Chuck Norris. What was that like?
Which one? Where he was eating M&M’s and I was eating M&M’s?

That was cool. I don’t think I’ve ever interviewed Chuck Norris one on one in person, which is nice because I’m afraid he’ll give me a karate chop to the neck. But he’s a really nice guy. Very, very normal and comes with M&M’s. It’s great.
When you do think Congress with get the message that they’re spending so much money?

How old are you now? I don’t know if you’ll be alive. I don’t think they are. I think they won’t get it until something happens and the bank calls and says “you’re out of money.” And that’s when they’ll stop.
Would you consider running for political office?

No. I don’t think — you shouldn’t have me around nuclear weapons. It would be a bad thing. I’d be launching them all the time. No, I think that we all are suppose to play our own role. What God has in store for me could be a street sweeper. Could be I don’t know. But right now my role is to try to set things right in history and make sure people understand the prospective of history.
Why do you feel that America is in a crisis situation?

Radio and TV personality Glenn Beck with Kidsday reporters William Giglio, John Mavellia, Edward Knight and Stephanie Brown Photo Credit: Newsday Photo / Pat Mullooly

Wait what was your question again — your last question was?
When do you think Congress will get the message that they’re spending so much money?
That’s your answer!
Do you think that the Democrats will lose their seat in Congress in the November election?

I can’t tell you what is going to happen tomorrow let alone in November. I’ll tell you this, I think that anybody who isn’t listening to the people is in trouble; they’re going to lose their office.
How would you rate the President’s job performance today?

Depending on what you’re trying to accomplish. If you believe in the things he’s trying to accomplish very high. He’s done more than most presidents and many presidents combined. If you’re like me and believe that the President is fundamentally transforming the nation into something that it’s not. He is rated very low. I would give him a . . . I can’t give him an F for failure, because he’s not a failure. I’d have to give him a D on anything relating to the Constitution.
What are your views on health care?

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I like health care. I think we should all have health. I think that the President believes in a very fundamentally different country and system than I do. I am a guy who grew up poor. I’m a guy who didn’ t go to college. I went to college for one semester and I quit because I couldn’t afford it and that was when I was 30. I was broke 10 years ago, but I educated myself and I tried to do things myself and I never once thought oh, somebody owes this to me. How come they have an education and I don’t. I just went to the library or went to the bookstore and did it myself. I believe in the power of the individual. The President believes in the power of the Government. That’s a fundamental difference. We have set the world on a different course because of people like you or you that grow up and thought I want to be a doctor, I want to invent an artificial heart and they did it because you can do it here. And the President wants to bring that all in to the Government. And that’s never good. When you get your driver’s license you’ll understand how badly the government runs things.
Do you prefer to work at CNN News or Fox News?

I think I can safely say Fox. The people over at CNN were always very nice. Well, I can’t say always, but mainly the people were nice. Very long elevator rides over there, they’re just more globalists over there that look at everything from a global perspective and I’m just somebody that likes to look more locally and look to our own home for our own answers. I think if we can fix ourselves we can help fix the world.
What advice do you have for a person who would like to grow up to be the next Glenn Beck?

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin with Kidsday reporters Edward Knight, John Mavellia, Stephanie Brown and William Giglio Photo Credit: Newsday Photo / Pat Mullooly

Boy. Reconsider that. Study hard, question everything, know that it’s the people around you that help create opportunities and unbelievable things. You can’t do them yourself. Stay humble, listen to God and always be true to yourself. That’s the secret. Just follow your heart, even when everybody tells you you’re wrong.

What do you think is the greatest problem facing American children today and why?

The biggest problem . . . possibly perspective. But it is maybe the biggest problem with most adults too. We don’t know our own history. You guys are at such a disadvantage because you pick up a history book and you look at it and you think, well that’s just it, that’s the truth, that’s the answer. And people think that it is. Well we’re America and it’s always been this way and it will always be this way. All the good things we have. The world has never been this way. Freedom is the freak in history and technology is the freak and all these great things we have and without perspective we don’t cherish them. We don’t protect them.
Do you think that Senator McCain would have been a better president than President Obama?

This question always gets me into trouble. You’re the troublemaker? This question gets me into trouble because people misunderstand it. I don’t think that we would be moving down the road that we’re moving down right now as rapidly and as intensely and as blazingly as we are right now. But Senator McCain is a very honorable man, but I think that he is, he believes in big government. Our founders didn’t believe in big government. I don’t think Senator McCain would have woken the American people up to the problems that were in store for us. We have a lot of real problems that are ahead of us. President Obama has ignited the imagination of millions of American’s both for and against. Does that make sense? He’s awakened a sleeping giant. I don’t think McCain would have.
If you could interview George Washington, what question would you most want to ask him?

Where do I find you now? How do I convince a guy like you. . . to run . How do I convince a guy like you to step to the plate and do it?
When did you start your career on TV?

On TV? Three years ago on CNN. My radio career started with that record when I was 7 years old. That was a gift from my Mom for my 7th birthday and I wanted to do radio. Television was not something I was really interested in until recently.
Who has been the most interesting guest on your show?

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A guy named Joshua Cooper Remo. He is a guy who was when he was I think 30, was the editor for Time Magazine over in Europe. And he thought, boy, Europe is kind of living in the past. I think China is going to be the place. So he came back to NY, quit his job, came back to New York. Taught himself Mandarin Chinese and then decided to go over and live in Beijing for a while so he can really get the language down and now he’s one of the only westerners that meets with the very high officials over in China. He is a very different thinker. He just doesn’t read what’s in the book and say yes that’s it. He challenges it all the way and never gives up.
Do you think that your defenses of our liberties are divinely inspired?

My defenses of me. I think our liberties are divinely inspired, or the way our founding documents were written were divinely inspired. I believe our rights come from God. And I think because of that, he puts a warning bell in all of us and we all have access to, it’s almost like a divine burglar system, and when somebody is trying to weaken them or take them away an alarm goes off in us and it’s up to us to listen, prepare and say ok what does that mean through prayer. So I don’ t want to say that I’m divinely inspired anymore than the average person is. We’ re all here for a reason.
Why did you write the book “The Christmas Sweater”?

“The Christmas Sweater” was a story of kind of about my childhood. It’s not exactly it, but I made so many mistakes in life that I almost destroyed myself. Then when I found the answer, which happens to be redemption, and the gift, the real Christmas gift, is what Christ brought us. A chance to start over. I didn’t feel like I had kind of a choice. I really for a long time, I hid that story and I didn’t tell that story to anybody, but after I finally opened up the gift of redemption I realized that story really didn’t belong to me and it’s really everybody’ s story. That’s why I told it.
Do you feel that the government is trying to drop the second amendment?

I don’t know which amendment they want to drop first, but I think there’s a lot of them they would like to drop. I don’t think they understand the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights were not to tell us what we can do. The Bill of Rights were to tell the government what they cannot do. And they have that flipped. They think that the government is in charge. And it’s not. It’s the people. That’s why whenever you’re doing a paper, if you’ve ever done a paper and you’ve had to reduce the font size, or make the font size a little bigger. That was easy for us to do. The founders when they wrote “We the People” on our Constitution. Ben Franklin didn’t come up and say, use a smaller font. It all won’t fit on the page. He did that for a reason because they wanted people to understand even just looking at it — it’ s you that’s in charge of this government. Not anybody else, but you. And that was a new idea and I think it’ s a new idea to a lot of people in Congress getting it.