I once heard Glenn Beck tell a story that actually humanized him to me. He told a story of being at a play and seeing the star of the Sopranos, James Gandolfini. He was excited to meet the star. Beck had his daughter with him at the time. He said when he went to the star Gandolfini said “so the devil actually goes to plays”. Beck said he was hurt that the star would insult him in front of his child, but this week Beck took pleasure in insulting President Obama’s daughter Malia. In a press conference this week the president said his daughter asked him if “he filled the hole yet”, in reference to the oil spill. Beck said “Is that’s their — that’s the level of their education, that they’re coming to — they’re coming to daddy and saying ‘Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?’” Plug the hole!” Later in the 4-minute segment, Beck turned the routine toward Obama’s race. “Why do you hate black people so much?” he said, still imitating Malia in a baby voice. “I’m part white, honey,” Gray responded in the voice of the president.”* Keep in mind Beck is the same guy that has chastised how the media has covered the family of Sarah Palin, and he has said political families should be off limits, but he has attacked Obama’s daughters. Since his antics have been criticized he has issued the obligatory apology. Beck apologized on his website. He said “I broke my own rule about leaving kids out of political debates. The children of public figures should be left on the sidelines. It was a stupid mistake and I apologize — and as a dad I should have known better.” It was not only stupid it was mean, and now I think Gandolfini had it right.