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In my opinion, Ben Stein’s most famous line goes something like “Buehler?… Buehler?…”  but his comments on Obama’s speech in Germany while on Glenn Beck’s show were at the very least entertaining. 

 

Media Matters transcribed the conversation as follows:

STEIN:
I want — I’m glad you brought up this Denver thing. I don’t like the idea of
Senator Obama giving his acceptance speech in front of 75,000 wildly cheering
people. That is not the way we do things in political parties in the United States of America.
We have a contained number of people in an arena. Seventy-five-thousand people at an outdoor sports palace, well,
that’s something the Fuehrer would have done.
And I think
whoever is advising Senator Obama to do this is bringing up all kinds of very
unfortunate images from the past.

BECK:
Well, yeah, you know what? I’ve been — I’ve been saying that
we’re headed towards a Mussolini-style presidency forever.

STEIN:
Well, I think —

BECK: I
mean it’s crazy.

STEIN:
It’s a scary situation. I mean, I think he has to recognize some bounds
on his own ego. I understand politicians are politicians because they have ego
deficit problems and they try to cure them by having lots of worship and
adulation and adoration. But 75,000 people screaming at an outdoor arena,
that’s just too much. It’s just — it’s scarily
authoritarian.

BECK:
Ben —

STEIN:
It’s like Juan Peron —

BECK:
It’s not —

STEIN:
— and Evita.

BECK:
It’s not gonna make a difference.




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