Should we be worried for Glenn Beck?

The Fox News host asks, "President Obama, why don't you just set us on fire?" and then mimics doing just that to a colleague.

Published April 10, 2009 2:05PM (EDT)

Seriously, can someone check on Fox News host Glenn Beck? I ask because it certainly looks like the poor guy's finally gone completely 'round the bend, and at the very least someone should do him the favor of checking his molars to make sure that whatever alien radio station his fillings are receiving plays some good music occasionally.

On his show Thursday night, the ever-eccentric Beck seemed to be pushed over the edge by that New York Times report saying -- as the president had said repeatedly when on the campaign trail -- that the Obama admistration plans to move forward with plans for immigration reform soon. This was just too much, and Beck said, "Maybe I'm alone, but I think it would be just faster if they just shot me in the head. You know what I mean? How much more can he disenfranchise all of us?"

And he wasn't done there. Beck then asked, "President Obama, why don't you just set us on fire?" That would have been far enough for most people, but Beck actually went so far as to pretend to do just that to a Fox News colleague, Bill Schultz. The video is below, as just describing the segment wouldn't do justice to the all-out creepiness of the whole thing. (Unfortunately, not captured in the video is what happened next, when Texas Gov. Rick Perry came on and Beck asked, "Governor, you're regretting being on this program at this point, are you not, sir?" Perry responded, "Not at all, Glenn Beck. I'm proud to be with you.")

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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