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Is the President in Over His Head?

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RUSH: Steve in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. Great to have you on Open Line Friday, Steve. Hello.

CALLER: Rush, how are you doing?

RUSH: Excellent to outstanding, sir.

CALLER: First-time caller, been listening since '92. Been living up in Maine, Bangor, Maine, and I think Stephen King bought the little small-time radio station so he could get you off there. Was that like '94, '93? Anyway, my point, can't even call him president, but Mr. Obama has no clue what it takes to be a manager, leader. I was fortunate enough to serve in the military for ten years and served under some fine men and --

RUSH: Wait a minute. Didn't you hear what Terry Moran said?

CALLER: Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. Well, he stepped down, so he's gotta get his sea legs. He's stepping down from a higher place.

RUSH: Higher place. Being an executive is so beneath him that he --

CALLER: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

RUSH: -- he's in over his head.

CALLER: I'm just an ordinary, everyday guy, I live in flyover country, but as a young man in 1972, I was fortunate enough to go into the Army and managed to stay in for ten years and worked under some guys that were leaders, and one thing that leaders always do, and I know you know this, is they set the example. And when Charlie Gibson does a little filler story at the end of the broadcast talking about how the thermostat is cranked up in the Oval Office, he just kind of laughs it off. And I'm wondering if somebody has told Mr. Obama that he's getting frequent flier miles for flying Air Force One. But I'll get off here and just wait --

RUSH: You know, it's sort of coincidental that you called thinking Obama's in over of his head. A lot of people think this. I happen to not agree with the sentiment. However, a lot of people do, and so we put together a cute little parody based on this whole sentiment.

(playing of Obama spoof song)

That's white comedian Paul Shanklin, certainly no racial coward, as President Obama, and I Think I'm in Over My Head, parodying the old great song from the Grooveyard of Forgotten Favorites by Little Anthony and the Imperials. I don't think he's in over his head. He doesn't have executive ability, he doesn't have to, he's delegating all this stuff from flying around the country, flying around the world. Let Pelosi write the bill, then when it comes time to sign it, Pelosi is in Italy being admonished by the Pope on abortion, while Obama gets to soak up all the credit for the thing. Don't think he's in over his head. He's getting what he wants. He doesn't know, I think, of the backlash ahead. Maybe he does. But he's getting what he wants here, folks. How could he be over his head?

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RUSH: Snerdley and I were just discussing here at the top-of-the-hour break the whole concept of whether or not Obama's in over his head, and Snerdley made a point that I think is worth repeating. It has some credence and can be improved upon by me. And that is that when you look at the area of domestic policy, he's not over his head. He's getting everything he wants. I am convinced that there's a plan here to talk down the economy, to depress people's optimism about it, so much so that even Slick Willie is saying, "Hey, could you sound like you got some hope about it?" But in the area of foreign policy, you know, this is still a great nation at risk in a dangerous world, and there are things percolating around the world that he doesn't even care about, or doesn't seem to be saying a thing about. He's got George Mitchell to handle the stuff in the Middle East. He's got Holbrooke to handle Afghanistan. He's got Hillary -- boy, you gotta say, this is a brilliant move, getting her the hell out of town on a trip that only Andrea Mitchell, NBC News, Washington, is reporting on.

She's been to South Korea, wrapping up today, she's in Beijing. She's been over there to all these places and nobody knows, nobody knows about it, while all the big stuff in his administration has happened. It's come to fruition while Hillary's flitting around on a government private jet as far away from the United States as he could get her! But he dissed Hamid Karzai the other day, for what reason? The guy runs Afghanistan. The judges had an announcement about Gitmo the other day, I had it in the Stack, I didn't get to it, basically says you can't release them, didn't say anything about that. Hell's a-popping in Yemen. They reached 120 terrorists in Yemen, not a word about that. The only thing happening -- yeah, the father of the nuke bomb, AQ Khan, AQ Khan was released, a Pakistani doctor, Taliban, had nothing to say about it. When this stuff happened around the world during the Bush administration, Bush would pop up and say something about it and condemn it and say that we weren't going to put up with it, that they are on the list. I think Obama just doesn't care, or he's in over his head on this stuff, probably a combination of the two.

But regardless, the only thing he has said of any significance about things happening in the era of foreign policy is to express his displeasure with the fact that Benjamin Netanyahu is going to be forming the government in Israel. He doesn't like the fact that the Israelis are going to be governed here by a right-wing coalition. Yemen released 120 terrorists to the street. We're not prosecuting the Yemeni USS Cole people. Not a word from Obama about that. So that may be an area of incompetence or simple lack of concern.

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