RUSH: Now, the Associated Press ran a Fact-Check article. They produced a fact-check of Obama last night. Here we've got the corresponding portions of the speech with the AP Fact-Check. It's kind of weird here. On this one, the Associated Press says, "The long-term prognosis for costs of health care legislation has not been good." This is what they were fact-checking.
OBAMA: I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits, either now or in the future.
RUSH: He's just added over the course of the next 10 years 12 to $13 trillion to the deficit! But AP went out and said, "The longtime prognosis in cost for health care legislation has not been good." So they're basically saying Obama was lying about that. Here's the next Obama bite they fact-checked.
OBAMA: Nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have.
RUSH: All right, all right, all right. And the AP Fact-Check story says: "The Congressional Budget Office analyzed the health care bill written by House Democrats said that by 2016 some three million people who now have employer based care would lose it." Well, it's going to be far more than that. It's going to be 83 million by the time they finish with this. But even so, the AP fact-checking is calling Obama a liar. Here's the next portion that they fact-checked.
OBAMA: Don't pay attention to those scary stories about how your benefits will be cut. That will not happen on my watch. I will protect Medicare.
RUSH: Well, the AP and their Fact-Check story says, "Obama and congressional Democrats want to pay for their health care plans in part by reducing Medicare payments to providers by more than $500 billion over ten years." There won't be any Medicare benefits cuts? If you're going to cut payments to the providers, the doctors and hospitals, guess what? You're going to cut being provided for! Now, that's just a sample of the AP Fact-Check. And the New York Times is kind of crazy, today. New York Times in their news story on this, it was not complimentary of Obama at all. Their lead editorial was. There were plenty of Drive-Bys today who did what I predicted, "Oh, he turned it around! Oh, it was a magnificent speech! It may have been the best speech ever." David Brooks said it may be the best speech ever. All of our useful idiots, "Ohhhh, it was so eloquent! Oh, it was Obama at his best," but a lot of people on the left were not thrilled with it. David "Rodham" Gergen didn't like it which you'll hear in a moment.
David "Rodham" Gergen on CNN after the Obama speech was asked by the anchor Wolf Blitzer: "When all is said and done here, David, a lot of those very nervous Democrats, conservative moderate Democrats they're worried getting elected next year."
GERGEN: Had he given this speech three months ago when there was a glow about his presidency, I think he could have flipped the country. It was a very well-crafted speech. But now, given everything that's happened, I think millions of Americans who voted for him will say tonight, "We saw the Obama we elected." They will be really excited by this speech. But for a lot of others, I'm not sure it moved them very much. We're so dug in, I'm not sure it moved the people he ultimately needed to move if he wants to reverse the tide.
RUSH: And Rasmussen again, to remind you, the poll on Obama's health care: 44% in favor of, 53% oppose.