During an exclusive interview with CBS Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith, President Obama was asked about the “level of enmity” on talk radio. He responded saying that the “vitriol” coming from the likes of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh is “troublesome.”
Smith: I've been out and about, listening to talk radio. The kindest of terms you're sometimes referred to out in America is a 'socialist'. The worst of which I've heard is called a 'Nazi'. Are you aware of the level of enmity that crosses the airwaves and that people have made part of their daily conversation about you?
President Obama: Well, I mean, I think that when you listen to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, it's pretty apparent, and it's troublesome. But, keep in mind that there have been periods in American history where this kind of vitriol comes out. It happens often when you've got an economy that is making people more anxious, and people are feeling as if there is a lot of change that needs to take place. But that's not the vast majority of Americans. I think the vast majority of Americans know that we're trying hard, that I want what's best for the country.