August 30, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 08:44 PM ET

President Obama admits U.S. economy is not recovering as fast as it needs to and calls for a “full scale attack”  to move it along.  What should he do?

Plus – dueling rallies in Washington this weekend as Glenn Beck leads a “Restoring Honor” gathering on the same day as MLK supporters lead a “Reclaim the Dream” rally. 

And why do so many people think that the president is a Muslim, despite what he says? 

Lots of political stories to talk about with our panel…

We want to hear from you!

What do you think about today’s political stories? 

Weigh in below!

Filed under: Larry King Live

Share this on:
David Kaas   August 30th, 2010 8:49 pm ET

He should stop doing anything that will upset the recovery process now!

nina1fox   August 30th, 2010 9:05 pm ET

Very soon, no liquid will be allowed on the aircraft!

Jon Michaels from NYC   August 30th, 2010 9:09 pm ET


I watched the Beck rally but found nothing about it that was in oppostion to the high school rally for MLK, Why is the network dubbing these rallies as dueling?

mary in toronto   August 30th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

I think a number of things are lacking like the 99ers storey for one thing. Why is there so little discussion about the sense of entitlement on the right to the Bush tax cuts. Nothing trickled down in 8 years except misery. Those who protest the Bush tax cuts know what an extension will do to the average American but still feel entitled to their public supported welfare.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 30th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

Glenn Beck done it on purpose and he more then likely has plans to do it again .

ac   August 30th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

glenn converted from catholicism to mormonism

is it incongruous that the things he said are reminiscent of
what a number of that same audience that opined
that romney wasnt a christian...he also being a mormon

Louis   August 30th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

While I do not agree entirely with Mr. Beck's political idealogy, I must give him prompts for staging a very successful rally. His venue was very culturally diverse and inclusive. Additionally, he did not make any negative comments against non-supporters. On the other hand, Rev. Sharpton chooses to attack Mr. Beck. I would encourage Rev. Sharpton to focus on anti-equality positions/beliefs in the African-American community, for example homophobia.

Leonard Pitts who writes for the Miami Herald wrote "It tells me this stinginess about the movement arises only when gays seek to embrace it. And that black people - some of us, at least - ought to be ashamed. How can we of all people, we who know the weight of American oppression better than almost anyone, stand in the path of those who seek simple equality? How can we support writing anyone out of the Constitution when it took us so long to be written in"? So, Rev. Sharpton it appears that equality and civil rights exists only in the eye of the beholder, or self serving agendas.

Susan   August 30th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

What happened to the President that Caroline Kennedy said was just like her father in many ways–we are so disappointed that you are not the leader that we had hoped to find. Maybe you should ask your God be it Muslim or Christian what you should do to help our country–we are quickly sliding downhill. God help us!

aliou, jacksonville fl   August 30th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

The president should attach any form of remedy to unemployment to the unemployed themselves. The president should visit the cities that are heavily unemployed and talk to the workers themselves. He should hold job forum where jobless americans should tell him face to face what they want done. They have ideas too. you know.

The country's elites in the congress, corporation and in the administration seem to think that everyone can solve the problem of unemployement except the unemployed. I think they can too. But they need to tell the powers that be what to do for them.

Bonnie   August 30th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

Rev. Al Sharpton brought negativity to the anniversary date of Martin Luther King's dream speech. There are people of all kinds that have a dream like Martin Luther King"s. Until people stop making an issue out of race, that dream will not be realized.

@   August 30th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

Hey Larry,
Did you ask Glann Beck to come on your show?
I think not.....

Charles   August 30th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

@Mary in Toronto,
I think "entitled" is used more to suggest we think we are entitled regardless of our effort. People paying federal income taxes contribute to federal entitlements. I assume you are aware that 50% of Americans don't pay any federal income taxes. Some actually receive refunds that are more than they paid throughout the year. If 50% pay no taxes, I can appreciate those who do would like the rate to be lower not higher.

" I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. "
- Winston Churchill

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 30th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

Wouldnt that be a hoot Glenn Beck as Larrys guest .

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 30th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

People wants a original bonified piece of paper not a computer generated document until Obama presents that there's going to be dought .

Cari   August 30th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Al Sharpton has some nerve to criticize a rally that was meant to uplift spirits in a time when so many are down. It's even more amazing that if he considers himself a reverend, why wasn't he on stage at Glenn Beck's rally with all the other priests, pastors, Rabi', fathers etc... to represent his communities' spiritual unity in this country and what it takes to bring it back to a place where we all support each other instead of being as divided as we all seem to be?

aliou, jacksonville fl   August 30th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Glenn Beck is a bouffon. Dr. King's niece disgraced herself using that name to name to attend "any forum" that would give her a microphone.

I am so disappointed in her. Why does she think that other citizens think that Dr. King's speech was about the government taking care of anyone?

and where in that speech did Dr. King say the government has to take care of companies as in tax cut, grants and incentives as we have seen in the last 10 years? or as we have seen haliburton over charge contracts for services to government ?

If as she says she is hoping to reach pres. Obama via Glenn Beck, then she sure would have to wait for a long time.

Putting in my two bits   August 30th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

I do believe that President Obama is primarily a Muslim, but mascerades as a Christian. It's obvious that he doesn't know what real Christianity represents, given that he had an out-of-this-world pastor who is supposedly Christian. Mr. Obama did not have good parenting when it comes to religion, given that his mother was a confirmed atheist. So I believe his inclinations were to follow the Islamic ways, but with a toehold to Christianity.

Dana   August 30th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Here is my question: Why is it you do not have to provide a birth certificate to be President of the United States but for me to get a passport, I have to pay money and fill out papers for the "official" Copy of mine just to be able to travel? I say just produce it and put an end to the speculation

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 30th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

What matters is people thinks all this is true about Obama and no matter what this will take votes away .

mary in toronto   August 30th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Sharpton is right. Conservatives should acknowledge Obama is not a Muslim. His father was rarely in his life to have any such influence and America is not a patriarchical country even if he had been. The mother and grandmother therefore had far more influence. So why is the Republican party so patriarchical in its thinking?

William   August 30th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

If President Obama is an American born citizen why does he not simply show his birth certificate and end the debate? Think about it – we have a president who will not provide a birth certificate and then questions why people have doubts about where he was born.
Again... show the birth certificate and the debate will end.

candice   August 30th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

I think we should start looking at ways to open it up to the public to join together and impeach him. I do not think he's american, I think he's going for socialism; therefore he should be impeached and america needs to fall back to their roots of their founding fathers.

Dezanoh   August 30th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

Al Sparpston has forgottent the word of God and all reporters are not asking the correct question. It is written in 1st John 4 those who acknowledge Jesus Christ is of God those who do not are not of God. Larry before you ask a question you need to do your homework. This question was designed where no evil man, deamon, or the devil is capable of answering, because it comes directly from God. Ask Obama if he acknowledges Jesus Christ and you will know if he is Christian or not period.

david   August 30th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

Who Is Dana Loesch? Please do not have her on your show again. She seemed very inexperienced and out to make a name for herself. I would love to see this debate between Beck and the Rev. Sharpton

Thelma Hamer   August 30th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

Regarding the controversy about Obama being a Muslim
I think if one were to ask him if he believes that Jesus is the son of God and that he rose from the dead and is our Messiah, if he were a Muslim, surly he would not be able to lie about that

aliou, jacksonville fl   August 30th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

The bunch that was at Glenn Beck's rallye is just as confused and irrational as the girl on your show Larry.

One moment she is telling us that the fact that the president was in a christian church shows that he is a muslim and the next she is telling us that Martin Lutter King's fight for equality was not for equality.
And to say that she and her likes have a vote too? I think there should be a reason why some people like her should be barred from voting.
The kind of public speech that people utter should determine if they can vote or not.

L. Rex   August 30th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

People wonder why we don't want mosques in America.
How about the riots in Europe when a cartoon was published about their leader? They are still making death threats about this. They rioted and threatened the Pope for heavens sake. Enough of this. Keep it our of our country.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 30th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

One day Joe Biden says everything's fine and the next day Obama says our ship is sinking .

Robert G   August 30th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

This is what the our forefathers were worried about.. mixing religion with the political system.. separation of church and state...Why are we asking ourselves about our Presidents faith, better yet, why are we asking about any of our political figures faith. Based on the United States Constitution, Article VI, section 3: religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States. So why is it an issue?? Are we picking and choosing on the Constitution like the Bible??

Daniel Taibleson   August 30th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Conservative media and propaganda make me embarrassed to be American

frankie   August 30th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Doesn't anyone on your panel think that saying a black church philosophy isn't good enough, is part of the deep-rooted prejudice in which black Americans are not part of the "we." "We" still means white America, to some people.

aliou, jacksonville fl   August 30th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Larry, a"booming economy?"

I know that is not true. Over the 8 years of bush, the economy thanked, 2wars took our treasury to sell more bonds to fund the wars.
Pres. Obama has got us out of losing 600000 jobs.

Rasheem S.   August 30th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

How is it that The President can be condemned for attending a CHRISTIAN church... and then condemned as a Muslim???????????? ... And on another note: WHO ARE THEY ASKING THESE QUESTIONS???? Idiots, racists, and people with "cement blocks on their feet in a sea of conservatism". That's probably who they asked.

Bibi   August 30th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Larry i can't believe how someone associated with reverand King can believe that Glenn Beck is a unifier.
By the way How much did she gets paid to speak at the shameful Beck's show?

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 30th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Just poor some holy water on Obama if it dosnt burn him then hes a true Christian .

mary in toronto   August 30th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

@ Charles. Do the math. Only the top 1 to 2% get those tax cuts...not 50%. I lived in the States for years. In Canada our banks are regulated, our health care system is a godsend, and I would never go back. You have to remember some of those wealthy were involved in Enron, Haliburton, bank execs etc and made their wealth duping the remaining 98% of America. I'm sure that took some effort but not this is not what Churchill was referring to. Only in America and third world countrys do the top 1-2% make all the wealth and it has to be at someone elses expense.

Ron from PA   August 30th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

If Dennis Praeger is trying to play a "shell game" and to shift the blame for this bad economy onto the Obama Administration, when I'm sure he knows full well that the Bush Administration caused this massive recession by its relentless deregulation of nearly every industry from Wall Street to the oil companies to the auto industry.

Now that Wall Street nearly collapsed our economy, we've had the most severe oil disaster in our country's history and General Motors had to be bailed out, the Republicans talking heads like Dennis Praeger actually have the gall to try to shift the blame onto the next administration!

Bill from sue city iowa   August 30th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

the economy was great between 2003 through 2006. Also, how come we know who al sharpton is but most don't know who Thomas Sowell is? Larry, do you know who Thomas Sowell is? Ask him about the economy.

aliou, jacksonville fl   August 30th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Larry, this housing bust is the handy work in greedy speculators. They sold houses to the poor, then got out of the market to let the prices fall, then told them the houses were not valued at what they used to be appraised at. Then they sat back and watched the homes prices go down until it was ready to be picked at next to nothing, and then they are now in the market buying those same homes they sold at high prices and are now buying them at bargain prices. The same speculators.

This whole economic crisis is the handy work of greedy republicans and old money on wallstreet.

Angela Savage Austin   August 30th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Larry...there are some people today who believe that President Obama is the anti-christ, some of them are friends and family members. They justify their beliefs based on another myth of him being a muslim...they need to connect the dots, so to speak, to make their argument valid and in alignment with their interpretation of the Bible. It saddens me because what I see are people motivated by fear, corruption, hate and confusion. Our Dear Lord Jesus came to die for our sins because mankind was too corrupt and sinful to be obedient to His Holy we still are today. President Obama is just a man and Jesus was and is The Son Of God. Why do any of us think that President Obama will change the hearts and minds of evil people. God said "Vengence is Mine...Saith The Lord...and Fear Nothing But My Wrath". God is the only One that can change the hearts and minds of a human being...but He gave us the will and choice to do so, ourselves....through Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. President Obama is a child of God...God-fearing and He loves not only his family, not only America and Americans, but the families of the world...humanity. Brotherhood is President Obama's agenda and I will keep Him in my prayers, and ask God to protect Him from his enemies.

Jay Tinnin   August 30th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

I find it hard to fathom the idiocy of those that question President Obama's Citizenship or his religion. The great state of Hawaii has posted his birth certificate numerous times for all to see. To top that off, they can't have read the requirements to run for office let alone the paperwork for candidacy. He has more than proven his eligibility.

Now the topper of it all is their stupidity of questioning his religion. In the first place his religion IS'NT a requirement for the office he holds.

These things are only important to the fear mongering white supremacists that are infecting our great nation.

aliou, jacksonville fl   August 30th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

To the republicans, corporations are better than human beings.

jeffrey leap in Mo.   August 30th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

From what i have seen of Mr. Becks shows and those that support him i would have to say if he is not a Bigot he sure gives that impression and he is in no way a reprsentitive of what this country was founded on or for .He and rush limbaugh should go on tour with their act ,they can call it the we only care about big Money Tour ,they would have people rolling in the isles with their were right wing and we don't care about the little people talk.

Ron from PA   August 30th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

@Dennis Prager

Why don't you and the other Republicans try saying 'no' to the DEREGULATION which caused this economic disaster.

Frank   August 30th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Is a FBI or Justice Department background investigation conducted on Presidential candidates or upon taking the oath of office? If so it would be appropriate for the FBI to confirm Obama meets the requirements to hold office.

Blanche Jackson   August 30th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Michael Armstrong Sr. August 30th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

People wants a original bonified piece of paper not a computer generated document until Obama presents that there's going to be dought .

Where is your brith certificate? how do we know you were born in the United States, should you present your birth certificate? It is people want, use correct english.

aliou, jacksonville fl   August 30th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

See how the fraud works in the republican party? Are we going to war with the 1 billion islamists in the world?

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 30th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

So just whos going to buy all these new cars half America is unemployed

Louis   August 30th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

@ aliou, jacksonville fl
If you are such a supporter of Rev. Sharpton how do you address my issue of blacks hypocritical view of gay rights?

KENT   August 30th, 2010 9:52 pm ET


Charles   August 30th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

@Ms. Miller,
I suggest you read about Germany's recovery from the financial disaster. They have stepped away from Keynesian economics and as a result are significantly ahead of most in the recovery and they have suggested we do the same.

Also, Ms. Miller, why do people keep comparing Timothy McVeigh to to Muslim terrorists? The Muslim terrorists acted in the name of their religion. Timothy McVeigh did not; he was simply mad at the government and took no action based on any religion. Sometimes we try to be so clever that we look foolish.

val P   August 30th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

did he just say "that Bush should not have given loans to people who could not afford them....exspecially the minorities". what the heck does that mean?

Mary Jane   August 30th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

I believe in President Obama and I stand by him and do what I can to support him. I think he is a great president and is doing a great job with what had been dealted.

Yvonna smith   August 30th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Crazy..C-R-A-Z-Y....Full scale attack on logic. UCC is its own denominatin. It is fully operational in its own doctrine. Lest we forget that Sherrod was bombasted for a partial rendering of selectively edited tape. Ditto for J Wright who created hundreds of jobs and opportunitirs for non-Blacks, put a regular old church in the Black. BLACK, financially. J. Wright is not a Muslim. UCC is not sympathetic to Muslims. No one questions the President's age, but they question his birth certificate. No one questions the President's primary role model, a middle America whilte male, his grandfather. Many successful people of all colors had a good, white grandfather. No one questions the President's hardworking white grandmother,but they question his birth certificate.. We are poorly educated in logic and sound reasoning.

Putting in my two bits   August 30th, 2010 9:55 pm ET


There is indeed a couple well-defined photos of President Obama, dressed in Muslim garb (in one photo) and getting down on his knees on a prayer rug alongside other Muslims. BOTH of these photos are in the Internet. All one has to do is search for them. These are NOT gestures that he performed in Islamic-friendly countries, but rather on our homeland. In fact, I believe that the prayer photo is on or near the White House property.

Bobby H   August 30th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

I am so very tired of the debate as to whether or our President was born in this country. The question should not be where he was born, but if his birth mother was a U.S. citizen. Forgive me if I am wrong, but if she is a U.S. citizen, wouldn't that make President Obama, if he were born elsewhere, a duel-citizen . So if this is truth, it would'nt make the slightest difference where he was born and our President has full right to be in the office he holds.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 30th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Good night Larry exciting show to bad you wont be here when Glenn Beck runs for president .

Nana Brown   August 30th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

If Glenn Beck is a Christian than I rather be a Moslim ten times over. If Glenn Beck has followers than God Help America. President Obama is absolutely the best man for the job of the president of United States. What does Glenn Beck want? Why is the media giving Beck air time ???? he is nothing but toxic air. Rush , Glen and Pailen should be sent to sent of to Mars on a one way ticket .

Ron from PA   August 30th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Dennis Praeger is trying to play a "shell game" and to shift the blame for this bad economy onto the Obama Administration, when I'm sure he knows full well that the Bush Administration caused this massive recession by its relentless deregulation of nearly every industry from Wall Street to the oil companies to the auto industry.

Now that Wall Street nearly collapsed our economy, we've had the most severe oil disaster in our country's history and General Motors had to be bailed out, the Republicans talking heads like Dennis Praeger actually have the gall to try to shift the blame onto the next administration!

Willma Harvey   August 30th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Hi Larry, I am watching your show, and Mr. Dennis Prager sort of blamed the millions of foreclosures on minorities and poor people who were unable to purchase homes. What are the statistics relative to the number of African Americans, Hispanics, and other people of color that have lost their homes due to foreclosures compared to the number of whites? How many African Americans and other people of color were given home loans, compared to whites. The largest number of homes that I am aware of that African Americans lost was because of Hurricane Katrina.

Charles   August 30th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

@Mary in Toronto,
You forgot China when you talk about 1 – 2%. Also, why did you not mention that the upper 1% pay 40% of the taxes. If you lived in the US, were you not aware of just how many corporations we have here. And of course you would just mention one that was corrupt and one that's not popular because it's related to oil.

Please clarify for me what Mr. Churchill was saying although it's very clear.

I'm always surprised when foreigners feel that need to criticize us so much. There's plenty wrong with Canada too but rose colored glasses keeps us all safe. And welcome back to Canada; I think that's the best place for you. No argument here. BTW, there's major problems with your healthcare.

Marilyn Atkins   August 30th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Who is this Dana Loesch? Where did she come up with the lie about Hillary Clinton? Ms. Loesch said Hillary Clinton first said that Obama was a Muslim during her campaign. I worked for Hillary Clinton, and she said no such thing. Please have a disclaimer on your show to affirm that that is a bold-faced lie! This is how the Right starts rumors that are not true.

Blanche Jackson   August 30th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Putting in my two bits.....

Everybody has a right to their opinion, but how would you like if someone question your faith?, the faith of President Obama is between him and his God. You neither the critics of his religion know who he pray to, a person's faith is private. How do we know who you pray to or do you even pray. At the end of the day it is no one's business whoing, the President pray to.

I am sure you have heard the old saying, "opinions are like ...., everyone has one.

aliou, jacksonville fl   August 30th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

@ candice, william and the rest: Who are you to question anyone's birth or religion?
I hope you read your own coran or bible which ever you use.
You should have read about the many wars the christians brought on their neighbors.
Did you read the history of Europe? it would have told you about the various inquisitions that brought about many leaving europe or dying to get freedom of religion. As a matter of fact, the May flower was running away from religious intolerance in Europe or didn't you know?

I can't believe the things some of you do.

Charles   August 30th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

@Aliou, Jacksonville, Fl

Spoken like someone who for sure knows nothing about corporations, thus an expert.

AC   August 30th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Hey Larry ,
can a muslim be president in usa or do people have a problem whith the constitution and free religion ?

Charles   August 30th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

I get so upset with Repblicans, like this Dennis Praeger, getting on the air and lying to the public. He LIED that we had a booming economy. As soon as Bush got into office the economy began to go down hill. Community Colleger professors had their salaries cut amost in half. These same professors were promoting the Republican party. After they helped get Bush elected they were crying about their loss of income. Thousands upon thousands of small businesses went under. At no time was there an economic boom under Bush. Because of excellent state of the economy that President Clinton left, the recession was delayed, but under Bush there never was a Boom. My own salary flatlined the entire eight years that Bush was in office. It did not increase by a single penny the entire 8 years that Bush was in office. Republicans just cannot tell the truth.

sandy   August 30th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

Why is it when the politicians talk about BIG Government, it's always about Social Security and Medicare..... Have they ever thought that giving themselves a raise EVERY year, the BENEFITS they get, and the HUGH PENSION they end up with, JUST MIGHT BE BIG GOVERNMENT!!!!!! Lets get rid of their Health Care, thier Pensions and FREEZE all wages, thier Staff of 32, thier government automobiles. thier FREE trips, thier much to often VACATIONS......Now that's what I call BIG GOVERNMENT.....

Charles   August 30th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

Please give full disclosure on the housing bust. The very liberal Congress insisted that everyone be allowed a mortgage. It did not matter if they had a terrible credit rating. It did not matter if they basically did not work. This led to greed for sure but let's not point the finger just to Republicans. Again, your people insisted. And so what if one's house is not worth as much as it was when it was purchased. That's no reason to walk away from the mortgage. No one guaranteed the value would go up nor did they guarantee that it would not go down. Now if you can't pay your mortgage because of your lack of credit and job caught up with you, that's another story. That's a problem you brought on yourself.
Let's not let our unsophisticated bias get in the way of the facts.

Charles   August 30th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

Glen Beck brouht negativity to Dr. Martin Luther King's "I had a Dream" speech. Beck is negative all year and he cannot change his stripes o one day. Having Dr. King's niece on was not going to change Beck's stripes.

AL PECORA   August 30th, 2010 10:12 pm ET


Last week I had a great visit from some friends of mine from Virginia. They wanted to see our fair city as most of out of towners do. So my wife and I, with our kids, trekked them into the city. One of the sites they wanted to see was ground zero so, of course, we took them there.

Ground zero is now a busy construction site and there is not really a whole lot to see. In spite of this, it still pains me to go there. It also still hurts every time I look at our beautiful skyline with the two missing pieces forever etched in my mind. I wish I could forget but I can’t. On September 11, 2001 we lost nearly 3000 fellow New Yorkers, we lost the symbols of our city’s wonder and greatness but we also lost so much more.

We lost our sense of security because it seems we can never really believe we are safe again. We also lost our innocence because we experienced an unspeakable horror. Those who did the deed and those behind it hoped and prayed to Allah that 50,000 of us would die and that our city would economically, socially and spiritually collapse. They wanted more than the towers, they wanted us. But for the grace of God, they would have gotten their wish.

Not content with the 1993 attack, the terrorists tried again and on 9/11 they succeeded. But they weren’t content with the carnage they caused on that dreadful day. They’ve tried again and again to do our country and our city more harm. In their thinking they should not stop until they have destroyed us or killed themselves in the process, because after all we are the great satan – the infidels against whom the jihad most be fought and won.

After our short visit to ground zero my friends asked me to bring them to the site of the controversial proposed “Ground Zero Mosque.” In less than a New York Minute we were there. When I stood at the corner of Park Place (the street where the Mosque will be built) and Church Street I was flabbergasted. Without exaggeration, this Mosque is being built at Ground Zero. If, on 9/11, you had been standing on the spot where I took my friends that day you would have met your Maker.

The building of a Mosque here is not an issue of rights granted by our Constitution. It is not an issue of religious rights but it is an issue of doing what’s right. Clearly it is insensitive and it could be construed as being malicious. Please remember, for the Islamic terrorists, flying the planes into the towers was an answer to their prayers vindicating their hatred of America. Sadly and tragically this is the thinking of many in the Muslim world, even many who live in this country, even some who worship in this city.

If the Mosque is built, on Fridays (every Friday) and on holy days the call to prayer will go out and the faithful will gather and proclaim “Allah is great” in the shadow of one the greatest atrocities ever committed in the name of Allah. Just writing of it nauseates me. What is equally as bad is that many who pray on those days will be quietly giving thanks to their god for the devastation caused on 9/11 on that very block -an event that they believe was an answer to their prayers.

Our President and Mayor have weighed in on this issue and they are wrong- ridiculously wrong. I am sure that a great number of Muslims are peace loving people. I am also sure that far too many Muslims for our comfort have sympathies toward the radicals. Listen closely for unapologetic outrage from Muslim leaders next time Christian missionaries are executed like they were in Afghanistan last month. Tune in to talk radio, network news or surf the web when the next bombing or hijacking or senseless murder of innocents occurs in the name of Allah. As hard as you try, you will not find an unqualified condemnation. The best you will get is “Not all Muslims are like this”. What we should hear is that those who have done these deeds are contemptible and damned. That the perpetrators are not martyrs but murderers. What we get is a whole lot less.

The building of the Mosque at ground zero would not be a celebration of our pluralistic society but rather a supreme example of insensitivity and bad taste. I am not bigoted and intolerant for suggesting this project go elsewhere. To make this type of accusation toward me and others who feel this way is to be bigoted and intolerant. Over the last nine years, I have watched our city slowly move forward toward healing. I have been to the firehouses, I have spoken to the first responders, I have been to the yearly memorials. I don’t appreciate the horrific wound caused in the name of Allah being re-opened in the name of Allah. If those in the Muslim community genuinely want to promote healing they could learn a lesson from the Jews, the Catholics, the Lutherans, the Methodists, the Baptists and the Presbyterians, they could build a hospital.

In His Service,

Pastor Dave Watson
Calvary Chapel of Staten Island, NY

sharif   August 30th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

The fear of generalization of a religion and its followers is turning back the clock. It's the American tolerance, and inhabitants to every color, race and possibly every religion is what makes it a country of strength. If Americans believe this country was built on the principles of freedom and independence, then they should not be swayed by anti-religion propaganda and the religion of it's president. I guess we haven't learned from JFK, the Holocaust, or the civil rights movement.

Bill   August 30th, 2010 10:14 pm ET


There is indeed a couple well-defined photos of President Obama, dressed in Muslim garb (in one photo) and getting down on his knees on a prayer rug alongside other Muslims. BOTH of these photos are in the Internet. All one has to do is search for them. These are NOT gestures that he performed in Islamic-friendly countries, but rather on our homeland. In fact, I believe that the prayer photo is on or near the White House property.

That was ceremonial garb or the village and not necessarily Muslim, rightie.

Press McDowell   August 30th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

The actions of Glen Beck are not new, for years we have seen individuals rise up proclaiming a new doctrine or gospel. The correct respond to Glen Beck can be found in the book of Acts where Gamaliel the Pharisee stated: for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God." Why would a non-christian fight for Christians, except he has a different charge.

Paulette Atlanta Ga   August 30th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

Glenn Beck and his followers are so stupid. I cannot believe that stupid people like this exist and have followers. How can some one believe that America will be ruled by someone who is not American, where are they existing in space? Bush caused this problem and they expect President Obama to be a miracle worker. Miracle is not the job of the president.

President Obama is doing a great job. I got my mortage modified and Bush was the one that gave me the mortage problem by allowing Banks do crazy business.

Mrs. Jones and Family   August 30th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

Dear Larry King,
Please sure that your guest have accurate information. The woman who spoke about Trinity Church of Christ did not have her information correct.
She does not know who Trinity United Church of accepts or not.

Rosaline   August 30th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

I don't know if Pres. Obama is a Muslim, but it seems that whenever there is a controversy, he always takes the Muslim side. He was supposed to have said that "We are no longer a christian nation" I've heard that he cancelled "National Prayer Day" and last week, he hosted a big dinner at the WH to celebrate the beginning of Ramadon.
It appears that the Muslims are trying to over run this country, and when you hear of the terrible threats they make to this country and how they treat their woman, they sound pretty vicious.

Berta P. Garc ia   August 30th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

Dear Larry, I watched your program today as usual, here is what I have to say. I was born and raised a Catholic, I still believe in God but I don't belong to any organized religion.
I was a Democrat, now I'm an Independant. I'm tired of the two party story, and how they tried to destroy each other with lies, and in the end they don't do anything for the people or the country. The Tea party is a joke, aimed to control the vote throught religion. So I'm in the fence.
What I want to know (and this would be good topic for your program), is how come religion is now part of politics.
Our constitution clearly states separation of Church and State, yet all religions try to tell you how to vote depending on their principles, most churches no matter what their denomination are tax exempt, So they can't take tax payers money and get involved in politics. I suggest that our goverment no matter what party is in control, follow are constitution, if religious leaders and their followers want to get involve in politics, they should not take the tax payers monies and be tax excempt.
Since the begining of man, a lot of evil have been done in the name of God, wars, torture, manipulation, in reality religion is like veryone else, all is done in the name of POWER.
Thank you

Blanche Jackson   August 30th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

Louis August 30th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

@ aliou, jacksonville fl
If you are such a supporter of Rev. Sharpton how do you address my issue of blacks hypocritical view of gay rights?

First of all who told you that blacks thought this, if you are going to address this issue, you need to put evidence where your mouth is. The one thing, I would like to know is, can you explain why black people are hated so?. Could you please share with the public since it is such a secret, all this talk about race, who started this boxing match. I am a product of the Civil Rights Movement. When I went to my first white school, the n... word was on the side of the building, I didn't know at the time what that word meant. At the time there were words that described white people, but you don't hear anyone calling them out of their name.

Tell the black community why you hate us so and then maybe we can get pass race.

My opinion

Blanche Jackson   August 30th, 2010 10:48 pm ET

Charles August 30th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

Glen Beck brouht negativity to Dr. Martin Luther King's "I had a Dream" speech. Beck is negative all year and he cannot change his stripes o one day. Having Dr. King's niece on was not going to change Beck's stripes.

If Mr. Beck want to embrace the civil rights era; maybe he should get hosed with water, can't eat in a black resturant, or drink from a black water fountain, since he can "embrace the movement".

Then he might e able to embrace that you "should judge a man or woman by the content of thier character, not by the color of thier skin".

My opinion

Rose   August 30th, 2010 11:01 pm ET

Larry I really enjoy your show. I like how you show both sides of issues. I am a white woman who voted for Obama. I believe he is a good president and is trying his best to serve the people. I wanted healthcare reform or some control of the insurance companies because I have worked for several and some are very greedy. I understand people who want it clear that our country was built with Christian principles and they do not want to lose that. I would like the freedom of speech to keep the Ten Commandments in government or public schools if they want them there. However, those that are offended would have the right to put their beliefs there, too. The pilgrims came here for freedom of religion. If people are truly Christian, then they should trust God and love their neighbor. Not just the neighbors who are your friends and look like you and believe the way you do. The way to influence people is to act like and take on the characteristics of Jesus. Pray for our country, our leadership, our congress. Our prayers will do more good than all the arguments.

Charles   August 30th, 2010 11:06 pm ET

We are all welcome to our opinions, but are you under the impression that white people hate people of color so much that they had nothing to do with President Obama being elected. We do a lot of damage when we stereotype because of the actions of a few.

Charles   August 30th, 2010 11:09 pm ET

@Paulette Atlanta GA,
Perhaps you did not notice but there are two signatures on those crazy mortgages. One is the bank and guess who the other one is who signed that crazy mortgage.

Willma Harvey   August 30th, 2010 11:10 pm ET

@AL PECORA and everyone else. Whoever owns the land where that mosque is proposed to be built has the right to do whatever they want if it is not going to harm anyone. Who sold the land to the present owners? If that land was supposed to be classified as sacred and only certain structures were designated for that area, then an ordinance should have been put in place. This is just like the immigration issue. As long as illegal immigrants can work for low wages, no wages, and live in poor housing conditions, it's okay. But as soon as they are declared a problem, they are the ones that have to suffer, instead of the people paying them the low wages. All those millions of immigrants did not get here without help from Americans watching the border. They can send all the troops they want to - to secure the border, but as long as Americans are guarding it, illegal immigrants will cross over, because some border watchers will allow some to come across for a fee. Let's keep it real. Furthermore, I bet not any of us know anything about the Muslim religion, but we are the first ones to be the experts about being a christian, when we don't all agree unanimously about christianity. If we did, we wouldn't have so many different denominations - and that includes Jews, Mormans, Catholics, Prostestants, and others. Each one of the religions have different versions about Jesus. Many Jews question the resurrection of Jesus. Many Mormons question his status relative to being single or married. Many Catholics pray to Mary before Christ. Prostestants are not consistent with scriptures in the Bible, and many gays and lesbians say Jesus was gay. But we all love Jesus. How may of us bloggers went to church or a religious service last week?

Charles   August 30th, 2010 11:22 pm ET

When I said "no big deal" if someone doesn't remember the date of MLK's rally, that's not selling anyone short. We all remember the message; wasn't that what he wanted us to remember rather than the date? His speech is considered one of the greatest along with the Gettysburg Address, "northing to fear except fear itself," and "ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."
How many of us remember the exact date of any of these speeches? It certainly does not mean we don't value and appreciate them.
If people don't like Beck, they simply should not watch him. Some of us continually support everyone's freedom but it seems in reality we support only those freedoms that are in line with our own opinions and views. Maybe in the neighborhood of an oxymoron.

Willma Harvey   August 30th, 2010 11:53 pm ET

@charles – I don't think Nina watches Glen Beck. If she is like me, the first time I heard of him was when the Shirley Sherrod incident was publicized. When I tried to watch his show one time, he was very weird to me. I could not figure out his point(s) - what he was trying to prove. I don't think he drew the crowd in Washington. I think people came out to see Sarah Palin. If he is so popular, he would not have gotten Sarah Palin to speak at his event. I did not hear or see much applause from the little segments I saw on the news relative to his speech; however, I did not watch the entire event. He just does not capture my attention - although I have tried to watch his show. He's very strange.

John H   August 31st, 2010 12:06 am ET

I haven't been to this site in some time as I felt a small group had taken it over and for all intents and purposes squeezed those who did not agree with them out. Curiousity killed the cat, I guess. Anyway, I would like to first describe myself as a conservative independent and generally in opposition to most things liberal progressive's espouse. But here, I have to sign in in opposition to this silly thing about President Obama being Muslim and not an American Citizen. I have seen nothing in President Obama's exercising of his presidential duties that would lead me to believe he is anything other than a Christian. If he were a Muslim, I couldn't care less. As for being an American Citizen, most people who have served much time in the military forces and travelled overseas are well aware that having a child born in a country where they are serving or living does not preclude that child's American Citizenship. My middle granddaughter was born in what at the time was West Germany and holds both German and American citizenships. There are many American Citizens overseas who have children born overseas. At least one parent must be American in order for the child to be an American. As I understand things, President Obama's mother is an American Citizen and that should end the question. I don't agree with everything President Obama is doing but I would ask that everyone bury this nonsense of his being Muslim and not an American and get on with some real issues. It never ceases to amaze me the kind of things people will believe if it is repeated often enough. The same is true of many of the things people believe about President Bush, President Clinton, etc.

Dodie   August 31st, 2010 12:32 am ET

It just boggles the mind that people still believe President Obama is Muslim and not American! I love his comment! 'Pasting his birth certificate on his forehead'.

People need to understand when one works for the federal government and especially as the commander and chief you go through an extensive FBI background check. Believing that President Obama is not American is saying the FBI is inept and cannot do their job! How outrageous!

Dodie   August 31st, 2010 12:33 am ET

Well, they say... you are what you eat. I say, you are what you read and listen to. So if you chose to listen to people like Rush or Sarah Palin, you will believe it all.

L.M.S   August 31st, 2010 12:34 am ET

Obama went to a high school founded by Congregational ( now United church of Christ) Missionaries, he went to Harvard, founded by the same denomination and for more than 20 years was a member of a United Church of Christ congregation. Everything I have heard him say reflects my own understanding of the Christian perspective of the United Church of Christ....and I have been ordained in that denomination for almost 40 years. He is Christian!

Matt   August 31st, 2010 12:34 am ET

“It can not be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!” – Patrick Henry, a founding father of the United States of America

Wendy   August 31st, 2010 12:35 am ET

Glen Beck did a fine job at his rally and to be honest, did you really remember the date MLK gave his speach or did you remember it as "I have a dream" speach so give Glen a break.
Also if President Obama really has an American birth certificate, then why is he letting people think differently and just show us his birth certificate and he is a Muslim and who cares as long as he doesn't use it against the American people. I don't know the man so I cannot say I hate him, but I can say that I hate his way of governing our country. He is putting our country into a situation that is worse than it has ever been and he does not govern our country like a true American would.

Matt   August 31st, 2010 12:41 am ET

I don't see what people have about President Obama's background. It almost seems that a part of the country is ignorant towards all the facts. First of all, even if Obama was born in another country, he was still a NATURAL BORN American citizen, as is the qualification outlined in the Consititution. To be a natural born citizen, you either have to be born in the US or born to a parent who is an American citizen. With some research, people will find that President Obama's mother is from the midwest. That means that he was a natural born citizen and therefore well qualified to be president.
Furthermore, I don't see why religion has anything to do with it. It has no place in politics. The so called "faith based" politics shows favoritism towards a particular belief system. I'm a Lutheran, but I don't believe that my religious views belong anywhere in politics. Even if Obama is a Muslim, it shouldn't matter. This is all people blowing smoke about nothing. This country needed a change, and Obama was it.

chris lopez   August 31st, 2010 12:43 am ET

honestly i could care less if he is a muslim...all i care about is what he is doing or trying to do to make the econmy shows how stupid we americans can be...we want to worry about what god he prays to when in the end its all the same god but thats what every one seams to care about. leave the BS alone and get to the real subject...what is he doing to make this a better country?and is it working?

pete bollander   August 31st, 2010 12:46 am ET

President Obama was a favorite of mine in 2008. I even campaigned for him when he ran against Mccain. I was very active with the democrats & I was on there Presidential ticket in the aizona preference elections in 2008. I lost then went on to help Obama. I ran into so many people I think were racist/but downright a beleiver he was a communist. Also many said at the best Obama was an attorney with a community organizer background. Well puttin all that aside I went on & formed the Green team for D.C. I thought it was a snap of the finger postion to head up the green team. I filled the civil service apps & all now is to wait for the calling. To my greatest of shock he put one of his clonies Van jones to head up the team. I had my previous ten star program that I campaigned for. This had colossal amounts of job creations for our govt.
Most were in the Green Sector.
I basically was insulted by Obama & I took it to heart. So I formed The Worlds Order of the Masterminds. In which got into Algae bio fuel promotions.I also pronounced that I was disassociated with the Democratic party, & In full Support of the Republican party. I also through the socal media networks & internet sites. Denounced Obama for being totally out of line. For running our deficit with his giveaway programs. Besides the fact that he had no job program in place or in the planning stages. Hello! Obama remember the guy in Tucson that campaigned for you & had colossal job programs for review. I tried to reach the press to give alarm that this guy is a hoax, probally the worst president we ever had. He is not a leader nor does he prioritize. To spend One full year to get health care legislation in order was a pure white collar crime.Hello!Obama Our country is going down the toilet & you are doing nothing to stop it. Any jerk can tell you its jobs, jobs jobs. Right now Im not the only one who sees this! Thank God. Now we have the tea party, but with no formal voice. If Obama gets relelected in 2012. I can quarentee that there will be no more capitalistic America, land of the free/ but the new America based on the communal system of everything govt owned. We all must act now & support the new issues that are in front of us. That is to get this guy out of office.

tod white   August 31st, 2010 12:48 am ET

I didn't catch her full name, but I believe its Diana Loch, the woman speaking up about justice and truth for americans. please let me know what the spelling of her name is, and how to e-mail her. thanks for having such a bright person on to discuss the issues of the American day.... if you dare!!!!

Dodie   August 31st, 2010 12:50 am ET

The bigger the government, the smaller the individual? Where does Dennis Prager come up with this disingenuous analogy? He is so typical of a large population within this country. No wonder we are in such a mess. He has bought the Iraq war hook line and sinker and we are sinking now!

Dodie   August 31st, 2010 12:52 am ET

When has the religion of any previous president been so important???

Dodie   August 31st, 2010 12:53 am ET

What on earth would this country do if an Atheist became president?

Amir   August 31st, 2010 1:02 am ET

Hey Wendy wake up. Although I am not an American citizen I could see what your previous president left your country into a mess of wars and the economy we are going through today. The present president is trying his utmost to get out of this mess which he inherited by the previous government. Give him a chance to resolve this mess thats been handed down to him before you can make a comment like this. After all he has only been there for a couple of years and is trying to clean the crap handed to him from the last government.

Don   August 31st, 2010 1:10 am ET

CBS news refers to Stephanie Miller as a Progressive but after tonight's showing on the question about current solutions to the economy, I'm inclined to think she is more regressive than progressive. ..destroyed any comprehensive conversation.

Todd in SF Bay Area   August 31st, 2010 2:45 am ET

To Larry's Guest, Stephanie Miller:

Wow! I wanted to thank you for your appearance on Larry King Live last night (08/30/2010). I'd heard you before on the radio but had no idea you were so hot! But regarding the things you discussed with Larry and his other guest last night (some conservative old guy), you honestly have to give us more. I wish you could be on Larry King every night! I encourage you to appear on as many programs as humanly possible to continue to get your message out. The American public needs to hear more from you. I've lived in California the last 21 years, after moving here from Illinois to attend college. Most of my time here has been spent in the Bay Area or Sacramento, which as you know has been a democrat stronghold for some time. I've not really been involved politically for some time, like so many people in my area. The last time I voted was for Bill Clinton's first term, which was more a vote against George Bush Sr, since I didn't know too much about Bill. So again, please do your utmost to get your message out. The more regular Americans you can speak to the better. This is because the vast majority of Americans have a wisdom that transcends education. Average Americans have a knack for identifying snakes, weasels and liars. The more they see of you and your message, the more they see right through you and your progressive agenda. This explains Obama's plummeting approval ratings and will culminate in a humiliating loss for democrats nationwide this November, especially progressive democrats, and then again in 2012. The silent majority will be silent no more. So, I suggest that you start preparing for the elections of 2020, which will be your next best chance to again bamboozle the American public. Although at that age, I suggest retiring from TV and just stick with radio. You'll have lost your only asset by then! But to be fair, I do love you and wish you could be on television everyday. You do a fantastic job of representing your position and and I want more! I want more!!

Your Biggest Fan, (and NOT a republican)

Todd in SF Bay Area   August 31st, 2010 2:58 am ET

NY Governor offered to trade another piece of land to build this Islamic Cultural Center. Like Letterman says, "I love me some mosques!" I don't think this offer goes far enough. The trade should include that other piece of land, but also Times Square, Central Park, Grand Central Station, the Subway, Coney Island, Yankee Stadium, Queens, Madison Square Garden, NYU, Rockefeller Plaza and even Wall Street. Let all of New York be one big Islamic Cultural Center including a burka for the Statue of Liberty. Just please, please don't let this Cordoba Project be built so close to the hallowed cemetary of American dead known as Ground Zero! (Google Cordoba Mosque and Cordoba Project)

todd   August 31st, 2010 3:39 am ET

im so tired of hearing about this the man would not be where he is if something was not right. can we talk about why we are sitting back and not helping the president like we are supose to.

connie   August 31st, 2010 3:45 am ET

Believe that the Reverend. Justwants to be on TV and hear himself talk what a fools

Nana Brown   August 31st, 2010 4:10 am ET

Why does religion play such a big role ? Who care what who's religious faith is as long as the person is honest and doing the right job. George Bush was a Christian what good did he do for America? He actually put America into the mess we are in. Let us all be Americans first before we chose parties, the Roman followers were once very popular and gathered in millions cheering ..... the Roman Empire fell and became a part of history.
America first not some tea some tea bagger destroying our country with out brains..... just full of shrills of hate. What does Glen Beck and Sara pailen want ? to put the last nail on the coffin? Our country is bleeding in a senseless war created by George Bush. Get real people.

Ariel V   August 31st, 2010 4:21 am ET

Obama it's doing a really bad job, he is just another puppet , F... him, also think that stupids presidents like G. W. Bush should be taken trough some legal process for all the consequences he brought us into = illegal war in Iraq, 911 conspiracy, many people who lost their lives because his dumb leadership, spending trillions of tax dollars in the war that many of us know some of those went into his pocket, i personally trow him in hole for life, hope he gets crispy in hell someday...
The world sucks....who cares....!!
UFOs r real.....! drink milk, and don't go with red light...

Evelyn Cannestra   August 31st, 2010 4:48 am ET

Let's see if this constructive, and accurate, critique will be posted. Related to the Lary King TV broadcast showing in Las Vegas August 30th: Mr. King may wish to assert a more active role as a moderator/interviewer. Instead of allowing debating guests to talk over and richochet their comments that listeners can't hear - my humble suggestion to maintain order would be to obtain a bell. Ring it when these speakers do not follow intelligent rules of debate. Better still, why not cut off the microphone of the speaker who interrupts and uses air time actually alloted to the other speaker. Best idea is for Mr. King to actively control the agenda of his program. Thank you.

Mariam   August 31st, 2010 7:43 am ET

I am a proud devout muslim. I would like to educate you all about racism. America is the land of the free and the land of opportunity. It is the land where there is no difference between black or white or religious backgrounds. Why then is it a problem if president Obama was a christian or a muslim? Its his own religious freedom. I think hes doing a wonderful job with the world. He is ending a stale war on Iraq and saving the economy millions. He is bringing America out of turmoil. If i were an American, i would encourage him and say thank you president Obama for saving this country both politically and economically. The president is doing a remarkable job . A much better job than many former presidents. I do believe that Bill Clinton too was a great president who understood what was needed to lead the country. As for comments on Obama wearing muslim clothing. Muslim clothing is not muslim garb. Its made our of material. Everyone wears clothes so do the priests in the vatican. They wear long dresses similar to muslim clothing. As a muslim I would never attack a person based on what they wear. A quote from The Holy Quran says " There is no difference between an arab or a persian only in religion." This quote teaches us to respect other cultures and tolerate people of colour and different religious backgrounds. We do respect people of all faiths because otherwise we wouldn't be true muslims. So in a nutshell being a muslim is not a bad thing. I would be more worried about how the president is leading the country than what his religious background is. Islam is a good, structured way of life please understand why there are millions of muslims all over the world.

Ted   August 31st, 2010 8:39 am ET

There are a few blogs that recommend Glenn Beck for a great rally.
Extremists, left or right, always have a good rally, because the people who attend it have a burning hate against something or someone.

Good 80 years ago there was another demagogue who excited the interest of large crowds. His name was Hitler, he blamed the jews for everything and told the germans that they are above all other nations. People loved it, they followed him to the greatest war humans ever had, killing 50 million human beings.

Today we blame the moslems for all our problems, although we are the ones who wage wars on them and constantly interfere in their internal affairs. If we do not like their democratically elected leaders we overthrow the regime, (Iran 1953), or just ignore them, (Hamas 2008), or support their dictators and despots who do our bidding.
We also tell ourselves we are the greatest nation on Earth, (remember Hitler with his idea), and take it upon us to try to rule a great part of this globe.

While we wage war after war, the japanese, the germans and now China surpass us without firing a shot or getting their people killed.
The USA, once known for fine products, now cannot produce even the half of the goods needed, we import most everything, making other nations rich and us poor. Our products are mostly so shabby that nobody wants to buy them.

These are the problems that will decide the future of our country, not the mosque in New York. How do we intend to lead the world, wehen we fight eachother for every little thing?
We do not need outside enemies to destroy us, we are doing a good job ourselves.

Ted   August 31st, 2010 9:01 am ET

Mr. President;

You pulled out from Iraq 50,000 combat troops,but 40,000 civilian rambos, paid by the State Department, will be sent there.
In addition, our military bases are fortified and hundreds of millions are spent on new intfrasructure to protect the remaining 49,000 US troops.

According to your schedule, in 2011 ALL US TROOPS will leave Iraq.
How can you explain all that build up if we are planning to leave in a year. How much US taxpayers money is wasted on those 40,000 rambos?
Iraq has one of the largest oil reserves in the world, why don´t they pay for those civilian babysitters?

LE   August 31st, 2010 10:14 am ET

He chose 8/28 to overthrow the 1963 rally, he wanted to be bigger and better. With him it's all politics.

eric   August 31st, 2010 10:25 am ET

Give Obama a chance! Bush had 8 years to mess everything up.

Ted   August 31st, 2010 1:27 pm ET

@ Dodie

Atheist President?
What a great idea, this way he/she could not say
"in God I trust", but he should trust himself to do a proper job.
An earthly advice is much better than one from above that you cannot hear or understand.
In addition, he could not have a daily private session with God, like Baby Bush had!

IKHAN   August 31st, 2010 1:29 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Good morning folks.
That the intellectually challenged propagandist & bigot Glenn Beck is up to his old tricks is nothing new. We had a belly full during Bush era of infamy with him emptying his trash bin of a brain on this nation with the rest of the Idiot Pack at Fox Propaganda channel smirking beside him. Lies, hate, racism, fear mongering & whipping up paranoia well that's what his trade is.
However this time he is taking things a step further donning the mantle of a preacher he is out to join those who want to rent asunder this great society, by promoting religious persecution.

On the Iraq troop pull out, there is no indicator in that once viable country left to mark even a semblance of anything achieved, quite the opposite.
We are just thankful that our boys & girls are coming back safely home to their country & families after putting their lives on line. Our hearts go out to those thousands of families who sacrificed their loved ones for a war which shouldn't have been and we salute the fallen soldiers.

Ted   August 31st, 2010 1:47 pm ET

@ John H

Nice to hear from you, John.

You are mistaken if you feel that you were chased out of this blog, you just have a few very active opponents who have much different ideas about our country and politicians.
They usually called liberals and/or independents, who do not follow the lines of an established party or religion and vigorously voice their ideas of how we should run this broken down democracy. Remember, our founding fathers broke with all customs of that age, told the King to take a walk and fought for their freedom and belief.

I believe you are old enough to think back 45-50 years, when you boarded a plane easily, nobody read your mail or listened on your phone and you could tell a joke without fearing consequences.

I would like to go back to that system, don´t you?
If yes, then you must fight for a change as those in power today certainly will not forfeit on their privileges. Big Finance and Big Industry took over, they buy our politicians who run our country, and you have less rights every day. You may have them on the paper, but not in reality.

Authormap   August 31st, 2010 3:08 pm ET

One cant heal a broken leg over night .Be not deceived The president is just a man . I hope the living God gives him wisdom and understanding through his journey .I see a nation who still wears pampers. some times we need to go back to the old remedies pay as you go.My husband use to tell me that all the time. ' Oh! no, .It's not Obama's fault .( A real man and woman can see the truth.They don't blame others for their mistakes.)

Ed James Payoute   August 31st, 2010 3:39 pm ET

I Ed told Obama long time ago i'm the economy 4 america,if i don't have a job no one will be able to work,plus i'm illlegal haitian, thats mean more problem 4 americans faith its going to be good but sad do not play with God he gave haitian all to help your agains what are coming to you or us.

Mariam   August 31st, 2010 5:36 pm ET

Well said, Give Obama 8 years and youll see a difference or is it because he's black?

IKHAN   August 31st, 2010 7:56 pm ET

@Al Pecora

the sentiments you express regarding the Islamic Community center in lower Manhattan are understandable from your point of view.
However the nearly 3000 fellow New Yorkers who perished in that horror included Muslims. A family I know lost their only son, a young banker with a few months pregnant wife at the time. The family is still grieving. And many others.
No one to this day knows for certain who or what brought down the Twin Towers. You would be surprised at how many in our military, intelligence, aviation, first responders, law enforcement and the number of architects & engineers there are who do not believe the official version. So also intelligence of other countries.
They do not believe that those two planes crashing into the buildings brought them down. They do not believe that those 'hijackers' could fly those big planes at those altitudes. Richard Gage the prominent architect of California along with 1200 other professionals has gathered enough evidence to try & petition the Congress to reopen the 9/11 investigations.
Perhaps we would never know.
As for New Yorkers sensitivities I still wonder what happened to our collective sensitivity when we saw Israeli visitors dancing on a New York roof top filming the horror as those buildings burned. As if they had fore knowledge.

Or when Mr. Benjamin Natanyahu declared in April of 2008 that " 9/11 has been very good for Israel, that " we are benefiting from attacks on Twin Towers, Pentagon & America struggling in Iraq" – Israeli news paper Haar'etz.

There are thousands of churches spread around in the Muslim world, in Iran, Malaysia, Syria, Jordan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya, Turkey & other place. in Turkey alone there are some 300 churches with many a historic holy places like the Basilica of St. John, the church of St.Peter. the House of Virgin Mary a shrine to both Muslims & Christians. The second most revered church after Bethelheim is in Iran, the Church of Mary.
Tens of thousands of Iraqis were killed as an aftermath of our invasion. Muslim soldiers & civilians are dying fighting alongside us in Afghanistan & Pakistan.
On the Ground Zero in Lebanon where entire blocks were demolished by Israeli attacks, a beautiful Synagogue has been built. Allowed by the Muslims who lost lives & property.
If this Community Center in lower Manhattan is disallowed, one of the greatest & most diverse cities of the world, New York would become a symbol of hate ,intolerance & religious persecution.
The Statue of Liberty would then be a mockery.

Charles   August 31st, 2010 8:14 pm ET

@William Harvey,
Nina is extreme left and uses various names (William?; who knows) and I think you're right; for that reason she probably doesn't watch Beck but does routinely criticize anything that is not extreme left. I am not extreme left or right; I'm an independent and I don't watch Beck other than Saturday. I have nothing negative to say about him. Based on Saturday, perhaps he should be a minister. I don't agree that the crowd was there just to see Sarah Palin. The rally went on for quite a long while after she spoke and people were not leaving. Were I someone there just to see her, I know I'd be gone shortly thereafter. Just my opinion.

Charles   August 31st, 2010 8:34 pm ET

@John H,
I hope this isn't a duplicate; having a problem with the internet.

Welcome back; it's always good to see you here. I know exactly what you are saying. I am not here routinely myself. Many have left or never joined because of the club that feels they own the site. They basically use it a a chat room for themselves, praising each other routinely as though others could not possibly say anything of value. If you disagree with them, they are eager to come after you; and the only way one can agree with them is to be extreme left. Consequently those who have opinions different than theirs do not feel welcome.

Hang in there; join when you can and there will always be support for you from someone. The few posts of yours that I have seen in the limited time I have spent on the site have always been intelligent, thoughtful, and quite logical. One I specifically recall had to do with Boone Pickens. Well, he got it right, didn't he? Pretty much on the money on the time line.

Steve Whitehead   August 31st, 2010 9:03 pm ET

So, explain to me why Roger Clemens is in trouble for possibly lying to Congress, when nobody died, but Ollie North lied to Congress, and a whole bunch of people died in Central America.

Martie Dial   August 31st, 2010 9:30 pm ET

President Obama was very kind to former President Bush. Hope it's not a case of "GOOD GUYS FINISH LAST". As most of us know, President Obama inherited a barrel of snakes from the former administration including the Iraq War

James   August 31st, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Why could the hijackers not fly the planes at that altitude? If they could fly the planes at all, then they could fly at that altitude at least briefly, an altitude usually if only momentarily necessary prior to landing a plan. Could you clarify.

I do, however, believe the planes were responsible and certainly the terrorists were responsible. But I guess it will be like President Kennedy's death, man on the moon, and other matters in that some will always have a different opinion.

Gerald Jolly   August 31st, 2010 11:13 pm ET

Just more American SCHOOL YARD BULLY B.S.

Wayne Jason   August 31st, 2010 11:24 pm ET

I was amazed that Ari Fleischer was so uninformed on the subject, and argued with Paul Begala about the issue of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. I always get accurate information before giving my opinion, so after I read Vincent Bugliosi's book "The Prosectution of George W. Bush for Murder" I PERSONALLY read a lot of the 911 Commission report, a few quarters of the U.N. Weapons Inspector's reports and the C.I.A. documents that were declassified.

Mr. Fleischer should know that what Mr. Begala said IS IN THOSE REPORTS AND IS TRUE. The U.N. Weapon's Inspectors were adamant that they found NOTHING and were ordered to leave the country so that George Bush could start HIS war. George Bush falsified the information in the C.I.A. documents to make it look like Iraq had WMD's when he KNEW they did NOT. He basically took a sentence like,

The C.I.A. documents that I read, said that "It could be possible that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction and is planning to attack the U.S. , but we have searched and searched and have found no evidence of these weapons what so ever." Mr. Bush eliminated the first and last part of that sentence and told Congress only "Iraq has weapons of mass destruction and is planning to attack the U.S." This was deliberate. He did not let anyone else see the then-classified documents so that he could lie his way into the war.

Tom   August 31st, 2010 11:46 pm ET

You people can't be serious – Glen Beck wants to be president?

Lupe   September 1st, 2010 12:53 am ET

In the East Moses arose to lead and teach the people.On the Eastern horizon rose the Lord Christ. Muhammad was sent to an Eastern nations. All the great spiritual teachers arose in the Eastern World.But although the Sun of Christ dawned in the East,the radiance thereof was apparent in the West, where the effulgence of its glory was more clearly seen. The divine light of His teaching shone with a greater force in the Western World. Where it has made more rapid headway than in the land of its birth......Mr.Larry King I agree with the Troops to come back home. Let the Troops come back home, because the God doesn't give the people what they want. But He give you what you need, to help you, to hurt you, to love you and to make you the person you were meant to be. The Irag war is been succesful since Moses on his time until our Troops been helping them during their killing their own people. It suppose to be finished by former Pres.Bush on his time. But why Pres.Bush gave more jobs for Pres.Obama to mess up with our new Pres.Obama? Irag's war is been successful since Moses,Christ and Muhammad and our Troops are our heroes today. I love you Larry King.I cann't thank enough for our Troops and their successful hard work,you are a hero overthere.God bless Pres.Obama and God bless America.

Connie   September 1st, 2010 12:56 am ET

I remember how events unfolded pre Iraqi war days .I watched and felt the fear being orchastrated from the Bush administration to the American people...They were lies weapons of mass destruction mushrooms clouds threats from Saddam...all bull lies and we will not forget ...never happen ..we remember those dark days and filthy lies ..history will ...we will ...blood on the hands of Bush and his war party

Ted   September 1st, 2010 7:35 am ET

@ charles

You have no idea what extreme left is, my standpoint is just a bit left of the middle of a political spectrum in the european democracies, you couldn´t even call me a socialist. For your information England, Sweden, Danmark are socialist countries, but you certainly could not call them extreme left, not even left!!
Since I am an independent, I may take an opposite stand on an other issue, I make up my mind on the merit, not on the teaching of the Bible or political status.

Extreme left is North Korea, the only real communist country left on this globe. Russia and China left that position a long time ago and are moving toward a moderate capitalistic system.
Naturally, for a midget a 5` 10" man is a giant, but bloody normal for anyone else.

Charles   September 1st, 2010 6:15 pm ET

Not really that familiar with your previous comments so I'm not sure why you thought my post was directed at you. Your comment is interesting but in my opinion (midget of course), extreme left, extreme right, etc., usually is discussed as it pertains to a particular voting block as in one state, one country, one republic etc. And for that reason it's culturally defined and I stand as stated earlier. Have a good weekend.

IKHAN   September 1st, 2010 6:25 pm ET


I'm not an aviation expert, but the aviation experts belonging to the organization 'Pilots for 9/11 Truth' have been digging for the truth since 2006 and do not agree that the so called 'hijackers' were capable of the maneuvers that were recorded. Even some ex-NASA officials who monitored the flights at the time feel the same way.
There's more to it than meets the eye.

Comments have been closed for this article

Keep up to date with Larry

Follow him on Twitter

Become a fan on Facebook

Contact us
Go Behind The Scenes


LARRY KING LIVE'S Emmy-winning Senior Executive Producer Wendy Walker knows what it takes to make a great story.

With anecdotes, provocative emails, scandals, show transcripts and insights into Walker's long working relationship with Larry King, her new book PRODUCER issues readers an invitation to listen in on the most intriguing conversations on the planet.

Order from:
Barnes & Noble

King of Hearts

Larry King's King of Hearts

Saving a heart a day is the goal! Learn more about the Foundation and it's efforts to help the uninsured

Visit the Larry King Cardiac Foundation.

subscribe RSS Icon
Powered by VIP