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Parsing The Messiah's Speech

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RUSH: Here's Trevor in Cincinnati. Trevor, welcome to the EIB Network, sir. Great to have you here.

CALLER: Thanks a lot, Rush.

RUSH: Yes.

CALLER: Well, I just had one thing to say. I've been watching Obama kind of pour honey in so many people's ears for the last couple years, and during his victory speech last night, I noticed that he said some things that he didn't say a lot on his campaign trail, I noticed that he said you know, a lot of these issues that he said he was going to resolve and heal everybody's problems, all of a sudden I hear him saying these problems aren't going to be fixed within a year, probably not even within four years. So I feel like he's already covering himself up, covering his --

RUSH: Well, actually, you're right. We have two sound bites to illustrate this, by the way. And you're very, very shrewd and very observant out there, Trevor, because the Obama campaign actually began lowering expectations before yesterday, before the election because they're getting a little alarmed here at the euphoria that has overcome his supporters. If you watched his speech last night at Grant Park you saw their faces. I mean this whole big crowd business, you know, I can't put my finger on this other than to say I know it's marketing, and I know it's packaging, and, by the way, I do think Obama is going to replicate one thing that Clinton did. I think Obama's campaign will never end. His governance as president will be as a constant campaign. Clinton never stopped campaigning. The war room mode never shut down, and I think it's gonna be the same thing with Obama. This big crowd business and this desire to have these huge crowds, the pictures last night of these hordes, I was looking at Obama's hordes, in fact I saw 'em outside the White House.

I've got a picture of these hordes outside the White House carrying a Soviet flag. There's a picture of the Soviet flag, and I was hoping, I was hoping these hordes would storm the White House grounds. I know it's not possible with all the security they got there, but I was hoping these Obama hordes would somehow storm the White House fence. That would have been so cool. But, of course, it didn't happen out there. (interruption) I saw all that, Snerdley, they had "Convict Bush Now," they had the Soviet flag out there and the media was loving all this because, "Bush probably can't sleep." This was one o'clock in the morning or some such thing, "Oh, wow, this is exciting, the first family is not going to be able to sleep here tonight with all these people out there. 'Convict Bush Now,' and the Soviet flag out there." But these big crowds here, folks, there's something about this beyond marketing and packaging. Let's go to these two sound bites. The reverb last night, the reverb last night was more reverb than I have ever heard. Here are the two sound bites, already campaigning for a second term, Barack Obama last night, Grant Park, Chicago.

OBAMA: The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you, we as a people will get there.

RUSH: Okay, I remember that bite. Where are we going? He didn't tell the crowd where we were going, and the crowd didn't care where they're going. The crowd thinks they're going to euphoria. They think they're going to utopia. (doing Obama impression) "The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year, one term." Now, some people think he's trying to lower expectations. He's making the case for a second term, but he's also telling people, "I can't tell you what we're going to do yet." "I've never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we'll get there." Get where? I mean you're right, Snerdley, this is almost sounding like a line lifted from Dr. King's speech on April 3rd, 1968: "We as a people will get to the Promised Land. I may not get there with you, but we as a people, we will get to the Promised Land." April 3rd, 1968, before his death. The Promised Land we'll get there, climb will be steep, we may not get there in one year or even in one term, but we're going to get there. Where? Where the hell, where we going to get to? Crowd didn't care. Here's the next bite, The Messiah lowers the bar.

OBAMA: There will be setbacks and false starts.

RUSH: What's that mean?

OBAMA: There are many who won't agree with every decision or policy I make as president.

RUSH: How can that be?

OBAMA: We know the government can't solve every problem.

RUSH: What?

OBAMA: But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face.

RUSH: Really?

OBAMA: I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.

RUSH: Fairness Doctrine?

OBAMA: Above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation --

RUSH: What?

OBAMA: -- the only way it's been done in America for 221 years --

RUSH: We?

OBAMA: -- block by block --

RUSH: We?

OBAMA: -- brick by brick --

RUSH: We?

OBAMA: -- calloused hand by calloused hand.

RUSH: What's this, bro, you asking us to join in the work of remaking the nation? That bite where he's going on and on and on about sacrifice, gonna take hard work, the crowd, that's when I finally saw some consciousness on their face, they said, "What?" I mean, the cheering stopped, a little puzzlement, looks of perplexed on these faces, "Whoa, whoa, what is this sacrifice? We, we gonna sacrifice?" So now this is pretty profound, setbacks and false starts. He's echoing Biden. "There are many who won't agree with every decision --" what about the unity? Now, folks, wait a minute. I can just hear you, I have empathy. I can just hear somebody, "Why you nitpicking Obama? Rush, we know these things are just platitudes." The reason I'm nitpicking Obama is because his campaign was comprised of the exact opposite of this, and people bought the exact opposite. He didn't talk about setbacks and starts. He talked about miracles. He talked about lowering the sea level. He talked about a new day. He talked about world peace. He talked about alternative fuels and no oil in ten years. He talked about hope.

Where was this setback garbage in the campaign? Setbacks? We didn't hear anything about sacrifice. The only time we heard about sacrifice was when the rich were going to be -- oops, sorry -- was when the rich were going to be doing it. But now he told his own millions out there that they're going to be sacrificing, too. That's why I'm nitpicking this 'cause I want people to understand what they have done. Like I said yesterday, I love enlightening stupid people. There is nothing to me -- well, I can't say nothing, there are things I like more than this -- but, folks, you talk about euphoria, I get euphoric when I turn the light on inside some stupid person's brain. Well, does that sound cruel, Mr. Snerdley? What's wrong with the word "stupid"? It has a definition. There are some stupid people. There are also some ignorant people. (interruption) You prefer "ignorant"? Now you're starting to sound like people, "Don't offend them, Rush, don't offend them." All right, I'll say ignorant people. (interruption) I'm not talking about our side. I'm talking about the people that voted for Obama. (interruption) No, I'm not talking to the people on our side that voted for Obama. I doubt they're still listening. I hope that they have been humiliated in the first hour and are gone in meditation and contemplation. I'm confident they'll be back.

Folks, don't you like teaching people things? When people have just fallen for a bunch of nothing and you are able to point out what they have fallen for, don't you love it when you see in their face, uh-oh? We are trying to help them, Snerdley. I am trying to be helpful. You are misunderstanding my tone here. I get gleeful when I teach somebody something. That's why I'm nitpicking this; that's why I'm parsing this. "I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face." What challenges? I didn't think there were any. Once we had hope and change taken care of and once he was elected, that was it. "I will listen to you, especially when we disagree." Oh! Now, I happen to disagree. Are you going to listen to me or are you going to implement the Fairness Doctrine? "And above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation." Now, that, remaking the nation? That's not fixing something. Remaking it? What the hell is that? And I maintain to you that the vast majority of people that voted for Obama aren't even thinking about this the way I'm thinking about it. They're not even contemplating it. There was no substance to the people electing him, most of them who did. He was a symbol, represented all kinds of stuff. That's why I'm nitpicking this. "Rush, are you trying to make people bad? Are you trying to make them feel bad for the decision they made?" Yes! Of course I am.

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RUSH: And furthermore, ladies and gentlemen, as I was saying, I hope you people in Ohio lose your coal industry; and I hope all your Joe the Plumbers are unemployed in six months! There.

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