Air date: August 2010

Usually, when you get offended, you can point to a concrete statement that is derogatory or belittling in some way. Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor Rally was offensive in ways we hadn't really seen before. Though he never said anything particularly incendiary at the rally, the iconography and implications surrounding the event were simultaneously empty and offensive.

Of course, the man who once said that Barack Obama has "a deep-seated hatred of white people or white culture" worked some racist undertones into his rally. Beck claimed that his rally would "reclaim the civil rights movement" (presumably from black people for white people). In case that wasn't clear enough for you, Beck planned his megalomaniacal exercise on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Taking a tone quite different from the vitriol-filled monologues he spews on television, he stopped there, implying racism, but never stating his prejudice out right.

The rally was also Beck's coming-out party as America's Messiah. He truly believed that his rally would be a place where the "next George Washington" might be discovered amidst the pasty white fanny-pack-wearing masses in attendance. He says as much in the clip below.

The event itself consisted largely of vague platitudes about "hope" and "honor" spouted off by a patchwork of your neo-con favorites with generous smattering of Beck monologues throughout. Though there was much aspirational language, few tangible points were made. The massive ego trip in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial took on the Herculean task of being offensive without actually saying anything. Beck passed his own test with flying colors.