Apparently prepping his listeners to weather an impending Armageddon is part of Glenn Beck's agenda, because on his radio show Friday he let forth with the following wisdom.
How many warnings do you think you’re going to get, and how many warnings do you deserve? This hurricane that is coming thorough the East Coast, for anyone who’s in the East Coast and has been listening to me say ‘Food storage!’ ‘Be prepared!’ [ ] If you’ve waited, this hurricane is a blessing. It is a blessing. It is God reminding you — as was the earthquake last week — it’s God reminding you you’re not in control.
By "warnings" he is, in fact, referring to both Hurricane Irene and the East Coast earthquake.
The Washington Post linked Beck's stockpiling enthusiasm with his Mormon faith, writing:
Section 78 of the Doctrine and Covenants revelation was given, Mormons believe, to Joseph Smith by God in 1832 and includes the command to “organize and establish a storehouse,” which Mormon leaders have interpreted as a requirement to, when possible, “store and save a one-year supply of food.” The church Web site even includes a Food Storage Calculator “to help you determine your longer-term food storage needs.”
Beck isn't the only God-fearing talking head interpreting the natural disasters of the past week as the wrath of the Almighty. Reacting to the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Virginia last week (and was felt all the way in New York), Pat Robertson said it "means we're that much closer to the coming of the Lord."
But what's got God all riled up to want to speed up the End of Days? One caller to The Rusty Humphries Show — enigmatically introduced as just Thomas — puts all the blame on one guy: "I was justing thinking, with all these earthquakes and this hurricane headed toward the North, it's clear that God is pissed at Obama."
At least Obama can find some comfort knowing that there are far fewer smiting points next to his name in God's little black book than next to some other presidents'.