RUSH: The big question about Barack Obama has been, "Is he black enough, is he down for the struggle?" Well, you be the judge. We have an ad that began playing in South Carolina on Wednesday. It's entitled, "It's Time," with soft jazz music in the background.
ANNOUNCER: It's time. It's time for Barack Obama.
OBAMA: I know what you know. Despite all the progress that has been made, we still have more work to do. We have more work to do when more young black men languish in prisons than attend colleges and universities across America.
ANNOUNCER: It's Barack Obama time: a Christian family man, community organizer, civil rights lawyer, courageous legislator, and US senator who has told the truth as a soldier for justice.
OBAMA: We have more work to do when the black incidence of HIV/AIDS and diabetes and asthma and every other illness, is multiple times higher than the rest of the population. We've got more work to do when it takes a hurricane and bodies floating through a street for us to recognize race and poverty in this country.
RUSH: Come on.
ANNOUNCER: The time is now. Barack Obama for president.
RUSH: What a crock.
OBAMA: I'm Barack Obama, and I approved this message.
ANNOUNCER: Paid for by Obama for America.
RUSH: Got more work to do when hurricane, bodies floating through a street for us to recognize race and poverty? Lord, we can't get away from it! Speaking of all these things, all these statistics that he cites. I have a companion story here. This is from the AP: "Democrats Back Urban League Agenda." Really? "The leading Democratic presidential contenders on Friday endorsed a National Urban League agenda that calls for mandatory early childhood education and universal health care for children. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards each promised support for the Urban League's plan, which favors extending childhood education programs to children as young as age three and guaranteeing access for all to attend college."
You know, nothing these people, meaning the Democrats, have promised in 40 years has changed anything. But it doesn't stop these civil rights groups from just lapping it all up. Nothing has changed. It's gotten worse, in fact. Yet they keep going back. Do you know why? I'll tell you exactly why. Because what this is about is keeping the Urban League leaders in a position in the Democrat Party. It's the same thing with every other element of the civil rights coalition. These people go out, they deliver the words, they deliver the votes, and they'll be sitting at the table of power at the Democrat Party. Whether a situation improves or not is irrelevant. Now the feud between Obama and Hillary continues. This is on the campaign trail in New Hampshire. Obama said this about Senator Hillary Clinton.
OBAMA: I don't want a continuation of Bush-Cheney. I don't want Bush-Cheney Lite. I want a fundamental change. It's time to turn the page on how we do business and say to the world, "We are ready to lead. We are ready to lead by deed and example."
RUSH: Oh, man, is this stirring it up. He just called Hillary Bush and Cheney, Bush-Cheney LIte! Here's more.
OBAMA: If we want fundamental change, then we can't be afraid to talk to our enemies. We can't be afraid to -- I'm not afraid of losing the PR war to dictators. I'm happy to look them in the eye and say what needs to be said. I'm happy to tell them what I think. I'm not going to avoid them. I'm not going to hide behind a bunch of rhetoric.
RUSH: All right, this is what it's all about. Hillary said that this approach that he advocated in the YouTube debate was "naïve," and Obama is saying, oh, yeah? It's not naïve at all. It makes more sense than you giving Bush the authorization to go to war blah, blah, blah. So Hillary takes to the CNN airwaves. John King spoke to her yesterday about Obama's criticisms, and here's her response.
HILLARY: This is getting kind of silly. You know, I've been called a lot of things in my life, but I've never been called George Bush or Dick Cheney, certainly. You have to ask, what's ever happened to the politics of hope?
RUSH: (Doing Bill Clinton impression) "No attack...ever fed...a hungry child." That's what you need to start saying, Hillary. That's what Bill said to Bob Dole in the 1996 debate: "No attack ever fed a hungry child." Hillary speaking with John King about Obama's criticisms, continue with this.
HILLARY: I have been saying consistently for a number of years now, we have to end the Bush era of ignoring problems, ignoring enemies and adversaries --
RUSH: Stop, stop, stop. Recue that, Ed. I'm sorry, folks. I am awash in incredulity here. They are complaining about Bush not leaving our enemies alone. They're the ones that want to ignore things! They're the ones that want to pull out. They're the ones that want to pretend there's no war on terror. It's "just a bumper sticker slogan." They're the ones that say the world is not in great danger here and we're certainly not a nation in great risk. "Ignoring enemies and adversaries"? We can't even call 'em enemies! We can't call 'em the enemy. If you work at Reuters, you can't even call 'em terrorists. Okay, here's the whole bite from the top.
HILLARY: I have been saying consistently for a number of years now, we have to end the Bush era of ignoring problems, ignoring enemies and adversaries, and I have been absolutely clear that we've gotta return to robust and effective diplomacy. But I don't want to see the power and prestige of the United States president put at risk by rushing in to meetings with the likes of Chavez and Castro and Ahmadinejad.
RUSH: This is the smartest woman in the world. So she would do exactly what Bush is doing. She would ignore Ahmadinejad. In fact, we had diplomatic talks going on with Ahmadinejad. It's a waste of time. Castro? Chavez? Bush is ignoring all of these people just as she would for the very same reason. You don't elevate these people's status in the world by acting like you care. You don't grant them equal status. The dictator of Cuba, the dictator of Venezuela, the dictator of Iran are not, I'm sorry, on the same field as the president of the United States. They would love to be. All it would take for them to get there is for an idiot president to start having them in town, having state dinners, go wherever they are and talk to them; find out what's on their mind and how we can help them and so forth, and you immediately elevate them. I don't know who she means if we're ignoring enemies and adversaries, Chavez, Castro, Ahmadinejad? Well, we're not even ignoring Ahmadinejad.
By the way, speaking of Cuba, the interim president there "Raul Castro, announced Thursday that the government of Cuba will seek to open the country to more foreign investment, the clearest indication yet of his plans for ruling this robust island nation. Raul Castro said that his government is studying ways of increasing foreign investment without repeating the mistakes of the past, a reference to the often-heard complaint that US and or foreign countries dominated Cuba before their 1959 revolution." The best way to translate this -- and this is San Francisco Chronicle story -- is that Raul Castro is reaching out to capitalists for help. That's the way to translate this. Meanwhile, we have Democrat candidates who want to take us in the direction of Cuba.