RUSH: The big news today is that George Bush is over in Israel, and in a speech at the Knesset he made some comments about how talking to tyrants is not the way to defeat them. Magic words are not going to convince your enemies to all of a sudden realize they are wrong. He said this is appeasement. The Obama campaign is erupting. They all think it's about them. Puff Daschle went, for him, what is ballistic on Fox today on the phone. I think the Puffster was actually spitting and might have shorted out his phone. Then they got the haughty John Kerry on the phone to talk about this. Howard Dean has said that McCain should denounce Bush's remarks from Israel. Nancy Pelosi says Bush's comments are beneath the dignity of the office. Here's what Bush said this morning in Jerusalem, a portion of his remarks. This is a Limbaugh echo, by the way. This is the kind of language that he should have been using about Democrats for all these years. Listen.
THE PRESIDENT: Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they had been wrong all along. We've heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American Senator declared, "Lord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all this might have been avoided." We have an obligation to call this what it is, the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.
RUSH: Right on, right on, right on, right on. We cut the applause there in the interests of time. If he'd been saying this about the Democrats the last four years, the last six -- gee, can you imagine the different playing field we might have, if he'd been consistent with this? Of course he's right, and I watched this, too. He looked authoritative. The president looked more authoritative than McCain does. He looked more authoritative than Obama does. Now let's listen to the conniption fit that the Democrats had. Here is Puff Daschle on the Fox News Channel reacting.
DASCHLE: I'm shocked and I'm actually very, very saddened by what the president has done. This is an unprecedented political attack. He doesn't have to use names to know exactly what he's trying to do. We've never seen a president do that before. The most important thing, however, is to underscore the extraordinary failure of this administration when it comes to Iraq. They're a lot more influential than they were eight years ago, their nuclear program has expanded, and so the very failures that he's been unable to address are the ones now he's trying to blame others for. This is something that we're ready for, we're going to engage in this debate, but it's really too bad, and at this point to celebrate that the 60th anniversary of Israel this way is uncalled for, and it's -- it's very, very disappointing.
RUSH: Translation: Home run, Bush, grand slam. See, this is the thing, the Obama campaign is back now to treating Obama and demanding that he be treated as a messiah. And, of course, messiahs can't be criticized. Now, this is an unprecedented attack. It's totally unprecedented. How dare he! When, in fact, Obama has said exactly this. This is exactly what he's going to do. The nuclear program in Iran has been expanded. Yes, that's what the Puffster said. He said Iran's nuclear program has been expanded. Now, what's interesting about that is that it was just, what, a year-and-a-half ago that Puff Daschle and these other guys were citing the national intelligence report that was entirely politicized, said that they weren't doing anything with nukes, that we were all wrong about this. It was a bunch of State Department people, anti-Bush, trying to inject themselves into policy and stop Bush policy and dealing with Iran dead in its tracks. Anyway, that's a side issue.
The Puffster is just beside himself here because the truth -- you know, a vicious attack, Puff, "I'm very concerned, Tim, shocked, very, very saddened, unprecedented political attack." Unprecedented political attack? For crying out loud, everything the president said is true. That's the point, you tell Democrats the truth, it is an attack. Now let's go to MSNBC. Shortly after Puff Daschle appeared on Fox, the anchorette info babe, the sweetie -- (interruption) well, if Obama can call 'em sweetie, I can. Then he wussed out, then he apologized. He wussed out for calling a reporter sweetie. Actually, I did get reprimanded for calling a co-anchor "dear" once when I was in Kansas City, but I was thinking d-e-e-r when I said it. I had to go to coaching training. I had to go to sensitivity coaching sessions with the program director. At any rate, back now to MSNBC and the sweetie anchor Monica Novotny talking to the haughty John Kerry. She said, "Obama has said that he would meet with heads of state from countries like Cuba, Iran, North Korea. Clinton says that she would reach out through other diplomatic channels. She wouldn't want to dignify the presidential office with such a meeting. Do you agree with Senator Obama on this point?"
KERRY: Ronald Reagan, who called the Soviet Union the evil empire, sat down with Gorbachev and got a deal on nuclear weapons. The world is safer when you engage with people. Barack Obama is not talking about some silly sit-down, lighthearted meeting with a leader of a country that we disagree with vehemently like Iran or others.
RUSH: Yes, he is!
KERRY: He's talking about how you engage them in a way that constructively moves the world forward. And he is willing to have his administration do that. I agree with that policy, yes. I think it's important to engage.
RUSH: This is incredible. Go get the latest loser, make him your foreign policy spokesman. What is John Kerry known for other than having served in Vietnam, and that is the global test, go out and get permission. We'll have comments on this in just a second. He then added this to MSNBC sweetie Monica Novotny.
KERRY: This is a disgraceful statement by the president. It really is. He ought to apologize to the American people for going to Israel and using the Knesset and the celebration of the 60th anniversary of a state and a people that we all support and that we're all proud of and using it for politics.
RUSH: Politics? He was recounting history! (laughing) Anyway, we'll have some comments here on this whole notion of meeting with foreign leaders and what Obama has said. I don't know if they're stepping in it, Snerdley, you mean the Democrats? It's just May. I don't know if anything you do now is... they could be stepping in it. They might well be stepping in it. They've got a really flawed candidate, this is the thing. Obama is a flawed candidate, and they know it, and that's why all of these people, they rise up and try to shield him from any of this criticism, as though he is a messiah, the criticism is racist, unprecedented attack, and so forth.
RUSH: What is going on here, ladies and gentlemen, is the Democrat Party is trying to create a false issue: Bush with an "unprecedented political attack from foreign soil. They're trying to create a false issue. They are trying to immunize Obama from criticism on his pathetic ignorance on foreign policy. So what do they do? They send Kerry out to talk, who lost the presidency. They send Tom Daschle out to talk, who lost his Senate seat. By the way, did Howard Dean or any of these other people demand that Jimmy Carter apologize for any of the so-called political attacks on his own country and on Israel that he has made in his international travels? Of course not. They are just upset because somebody got the truth out about Obama and what he intends to do. By the way, there's a piece from yesterday by Marc Sheppard at the AmericanThinker.com.
It was in yesterday's Stack. Here is a quote from Obama: "It's conceivable that there are those in the Arab world who say to themselves, 'This is a guy who spent time in the Muslim world. He has the middle name of Hussein and appears more worldly, and has called for talks with people. So he's not going to be engaging in the same sort of cowboy diplomacy as George Bush,' and that's something they're hopeful about. I think that's a perfectly legitimate perception as long as they're not confused about my unyielding support for Israel's security." Now, Obama himself is admitting that Arabs -- that terrorists, Islamofascist enemies -- might want to talk to him because he's "worldly." He spent time in the Muslim world, and his middle name is Hussein, and he's called for talks with people. So when you hear this quote, there's a lot in this quote to trouble you and to bother you.
We had this discussion yesterday about Obama and his full-fledged ignorance on the Great Depression and what caused it, and his brief that we're very close to a depression in the housing market today; which is, frankly, embarrassingly ignorant and absurd. So I take it from this quote that Barack Obama thinks that die-hard jihadists are going to be amenable to him and his diplomatic entreaties because of his middle name. They're going to be comfortable with him because of his middle name. It's Hussein. We're going to have a guy in the White House named Hussein. We can't say it now! We can't use his name. But he can. When we use his name it's racism and it is criticism and it is below the pale; it's an unprecedented personal attack, political attack -- and these things we can't do. Now, let's talk a little bit here about Kerry. John Kerry saying that Reagan sat down and talked with Gorby and got a deal. You know, that is such a distortion of what happened.
Let's talk about the first time they met in Reykjavik, Iceland. They met there on neutral soil, and Gorbachev thought he was just going to roll Reagan right over, because he believed all the publicity. Reagan was just an idiot, and Reagan offered Gorbachev: Get rid of yours; I'll get rid of mine. Gorbachev wouldn't do it. Reagan said, "No deal," walked out and went home. Then they met later in Washington, and that's where the Gorbasm was born. When Gorbachev arrived, all of official elite Washington had a Gorbasm over the fact that the guy was in town to save Reagan from pushing the nuclear button. Reagan sat down; he talked with Gorby about both countries scrapping nuclear weapons, but it was under the umbrella of, "Okay, pal! I put missiles in Europe; the Europeans went along with me. You have an evil empire. I'm going to bury your butt with the Strategic Defense Initiative and anything else I can think of. We begin bombing in five minutes."
There was none of the kind of rapprochement that the haughty John Kerry and Obama have in mind. Bush has it exactly right. There are some people who think that simply because they're really creative -- what is his exact quote here? -- "some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along." This is a sentiment born of arrogance, hubris, and even a god complex, if I may be so up front and honest and -- in mentioning it in that regard. So what are we left with here? We are left with once again the illustration that the Democrats have only losers to support their flawed candidate. They've gotta send Puff Daschle out. They've gotta send the haughty John Kerry out. They're doing everything they can to shield Obama from any attack because they need to shield his incompetence. See, I have thought all along -- even through this primary process -- since the 22nd of February when Obama stopped winning things and Hillary did, all this. We got the endorsement from the Breck Girl yesterday.
Now, that's really big, too. The Breck Girl had, what, 13 delegates or 19 delegates? The Breck Girl, who didn't tell run for reelection in North Carolina because he knew he couldn't win his own state, the guy who did not help John Kerry carry North Carolina when he was the vice presidential running mate in 2004 -- and this is somehow some sort of big deal? I mean losers rise to the top. Losing enhances your resume. It makes you a victim of the evil, mean Republicans, and when the Republicans have beaten you it's somehow cheating and therefore you understand the evil represented by Republicans -- and therefore you as a loser in the Democrat Party are qualified to explain to people how rotten and evil the Republicans are! Hence, Daschle: loser. Hence, the haughty John Kerry: loser -- and now the Breck Girl. And over the weekend, there are rumblings. There is a buzz (bzz bzz bzz bzz bzz bzz bzz) that Algore will endorse Obama. They are not as enthusiastic about this guy as they would have all of us believe.
RUSH: Keith in Orlando, Florida. You're first. Welcome to the EIB Network, sir. Nice to have you here.
CALLER: Thanks, Rush. How you doing, man?
RUSH: Good there.
CALLER: Hey, listen. You know, I'm listening to what you're saying about Barack Obama's position, which he's been saying the same thing. You're completely right. And for the first time in a very long time and probably maybe the only time, I've agreed 100 percent with what President Bush is saying. You know, you can't go over there, tea and crumpets and expect to schmooze these people like you're in, you know, $2,000 shoes on Wall Street and act like they're going to deal with you like you're at a business lunch, okay? It just sickens me to death. This may sound like an oxymoron, but I'm a conservative Democrat, okay? My parents were Democrats. I came over as a Democrat. But we are very conservative people because we came up at a time when you had the have-nots and you did what you had to do --
RUSH: I have to ask you a question. Very conservative you said, very conservative Democrats. All these years, why did you stay in the Democrat Party?
CALLER: Because when I was growing up in where I was growing up in south Florida, you know, there were conservative Democrats who had their principles, and it sickens me when I hear about all these other people in the Democratic Party who have no principles, which is wrong. That's not the way I was raised. Like I said, it may sound like an oxymoron to some but --
RUSH: Wait a minute. They do have principles. They do have principles, or a philosophy. Let's put it that way. They have a guiding philosophy -- and that guiding philosophy includes you losing a little liberty at a time. It includes raising your taxes. It includes government and government regulations expanding. It includes their assumption that you are an incompetent boob and you can't handle yourself because they don't want you to be able to handle yourself because they want you to become dependent. They are oriented towards socialism, and in addition to that, I think it would be appropriate to point out the contingent of Americans (whatever percentage it is) that dislikes or hates America is found on the left, and if those people vote, they will vote in the Democrat Party. These people are about changing and altering the institutions and traditions which have been the foundation and the defining elements of American greatness. Now, they have these principles, and they just have to keep them hidden.
And that's why, you know, Obama does go out and says... When you're a messiah... You have to look at the psychology of these people. When you're a messiah, people are treating you as a messiah. Whatever you say is profound. Everything you say is a profundity. It is not to be questioned because you're special. You're new. You're unique. There has never been anyone like you. So whatever you say, nobody's to question it. Nobody's to disagree with it. Nobody is even to reference it. You're just supposed to believe it. So when Barack Hussein Obama runs around and says he's going to talk with all these leaders, because talking is good, he expects no retort; no reply, no reaction, no criticism; 'cause he's a messiah. And, believe me, I think he buys into this, too. I think that's how he views himself. He's above all this. "This usual politics stuff? Don't you realize how special I am? I'm Barack Obama! I got the answers," and now, his party knows how pathetically inexperienced and inept he is.
So the effort is underway to shield him from any of this criticism. I found a little story today on Lucianne's website. I was perusing there, Lucianne.com. Bloomberg News: "Obama May Be Targeted by Charges He's Soft on Crime." Is that news? Talking about something that might happen? "Obama May Be Targeted by Charges He's Soft on Crime." You notice that every legitimate strategery employed by Republicans is reported as sinister. It's as if the Drive-By Media, who are in the tank for Obama, are countering Republican campaign tactics even before they're launched. And they are. And the purpose for this is to protect and to shield Obama. Meanwhile, we have McCain out there with his speech today decrying partisanship. (sigh) He doesn't know what he's in for. Anyway, they know that they've got an inept guy and they can't do anything about it. So they gotta shield him from as much criticism as possible. Moving on. Forbes in Dallas, you're nice to hold on. Welcome to the EIB Network, sir.
CALLER: Thank you, sir. You have a good day. It's a pleasure to be able to talk to you.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: I've listened to you since 2001. All the information I have about America and the political scene is from you, from listening to you. I will explain how I got on to you, but I came in 2002. In 2001, and in that same year I was able to get on to your program. Now my comment: I find that recently you have been very biased, and I'm losing some of the respect I've gained for you. In terms of Obama, I think your analysis of him is unfair. I listen to him and I feel that he's --
RUSH: Wait a sec. Let me stop you. First off, you say I'm very biased. That's caused you to lose some respect --
RUSH: -- that you had for me.
RUSH: And my analysis of Obama is unfair. Such as?
CALLER: Yes. That I'll get into. I feel he's more conservative than he's liberal.
CALLER: The reason I'm saying so is that, for one --
RUSH: You can't be serious. You cannot --
CALLER: Rush, give me a minute. You remember in one of the debates when he started to quote Reagan, made some reference to Reagan, and his party was (garbled), Hillary was on to him. I see that he cannot -- He has been treading a very, very thin line, a fine line: one line between black and white; another line between conservative and liberal views.
RUSH: How does this happen?
CALLER: And because he's in the Democratic Party.
RUSH: How does this happen?
RUSH: I'm sitting here and I'm listening to you in incredulity.
RUSH: I'm wondering how in the world this happens. How in the world do you think the most liberal-voting senator in the United States Senate the last three years --
CALLER: No, listen. Okay, sir.
RUSH: -- is walking a fine line between being a liberal and a conservative!
CALLER: Yes, listen.
RUSH: What you're quoting, what he said about Reagan --
CALLER: Rush, listen to me. Once --
RUSH: What he said about Reagan was nothing in adulation of Reagan's policies. He was talking about Reagan's skills as a communicator and a leader, but he made a point to disavow everything Reagan stood for.
CALLER: Yeah, because he had to do that because of that thin line that he's marching. You have to walk a very thin line.
RUSH: Right, he has --
CALLER: Listen to me! Give me a second.
RUSH: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
CALLER: Give me a second.
RUSH: I'm sorry. This doesn't wash with me. This is a way to excuse everything Obama says. "Well, he has to walk a very thin line. He had to distance himself from Reagan in order to get the votes of the Democrats." What you're telling us is. He's not authentic! He's not authentic. He's saying what he has to say to whoever has to hear it -- and in the meantime, I'm the bad guy. I am the one who is biased, when it is Obama who we really don't know anything about. Forbes, I will be celebrating my 20th year behind the Golden EIB Microphone, and weekly this program is heard by 21 million different people. I am more known -- more widely known, more well-known, more understood --than Barack Obama is. Yet you think I'm the one that's biased and he has to walk the thin line. What you're seeing, what you interpret as Obama walking the thin line is Obama trying to keep from as many people as possible who he really is.