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From Kids on Bus to Kanye West: Race Rules All in Obama's America

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RUSH: Hey, look, folks, the white kid on that bus in Belleville, Illinois, he deserved to be beat up. You don't know about this story? Oh, there's video of this. The school bus filled with mostly black students beat up a white student a couple of times with all the black students cheering. Of course the white student on the bus deserved the beating. He was born a racist. That's what Newsweek magazine told us in its most recent cover. It's Obama's America, is it not? Obama's America, white kids getting beat up on school buses now. You put your kids on a school bus, you expect safety but in Obama's America the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering, "Yay, right on, right on, right on, right on," and, of course, everybody says the white kid deserved it, he was born a racist, he's white. Newsweek magazine told us this. We know that white students are destroying civility on buses, white students destroying civility in classrooms all over America, white congressmen destroying civility in the House of Representatives.

We can redistribute students while we redistribute their parents' wealth. We can redistribute everything. Just return the white students to their rightful place, their own bus with bars on the windows and armed guards. They're racists. They get what they deserve. Newsweek magazine told us this, post-racial America. I wonder if Obama is going to come to the defense the assailants the way he did his friend Skip Gates up there at Harvard. I mean the assailants are presumed innocent due to the white racism we all know runs rampant in America. The Drive-By Media is ginning up all this criticism of Obama. Again today it's all based in racism, the criticism of Obama's health care plan or whatever, it's all based in racism and so, if he's going to apologize for America, Obama needs to apologize for the right reasons. White Americans are racists who have created what they call free markets that really just enslave the rest of America and her trading partners. It was white Americans that ran off Van Jones.

Let's just follow Eric Holder's advice and not be cowards about all this. Let's have an open conversation, an honest conversation about all of our typical white grandmothers. You had one, I had one. Obama had one. They're racists just like our students are. ACORN, hey, nothing but racism fueling the pursuit of ACORN. Greetings, folks. How are you? (interruption) What do you mean you can't look at everything through a racial prism? Obama does. And his media is looking at everything through a racial prism. The left looks at everything through a racial prism. Hey, they hit us; we hit back twice as hard. Greetings, folks, Rush Limbaugh behind the Golden EIB Microphone and the telephone number if you want to be on the program, 800-282-2882.

Look, this thing on the bus cannot possibly be a hate crime. The cops are probably lying about what happened even though we have the video. The video was probably doctored and edited. We all know that cops are liars, racist pigs and that the white kid deserved it. I mean that's modern 2009 going into 2010 America.

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RUSH: Now, Kanye West. Kanye West, well-known rapper. In fact, audio sound bites, I'm going to switch up on the broadcast engineer. Let's do 17, 18 and 19, let's get those ready because I got an idea. I think I've unearthed a nest of racists in journalism, another nest of racists in the music business. What is all this criticism of Kanye West? Okay, so he goes out there and he's drunk, he's drinking cognac or whatever and he steals the show from the legitimate award winner, but I mean what the hell, the award winner was white, he's black, there's racism going on here. They're criticizing Kanye West. They are demeaning Kanye West. Ladies and gentlemen, Kanye West is African-American, and as we are learning from the State-Controlled Media, any criticism of Obama is racist and therefore it follows, any disapproval of whatever Kanye West did has to be racism.

What did he do? It's MTV, for crying out loud. This is mild compared to what happens on MTV. Look, I know he was upset that Beyonce didn't get the award, I understand all that, but so what. He drank? That's nothing. That's like eating jelly beans compared to what else is going on backstage at the MTV Music Awards. Okay, and plus he got drunk on cognac. That's an elite drink. It doesn't take a whole lot of cognac, so he gets liquored up on cognac, he walks out, he's standing up for his sister, he's standing up for racial unity. Beyonce should have gotten it. Instead, the 19-year-old white country chick got it. And now we're all ripping into Kanye West. Oh, it has to be racism, folks. There's no other reason why people would be criticizing Kanye West. He's entitled to be egotistical and stupid, just like Obama is entitled to be egotistical and stupid but any criticism of Obama is racist. Look, forget Kanye West for a second. I'm going to have to prove my point here. Let's go to the audio sound bites. We have a montage. Last night, CNN, too many people to list, State-Controlled Media action line, the protest against Obama is racist.

CAMPBELL BROWN: (music) ...vicious, racist imagery attacking our first African-American president.

LAWRENCE O'DONNELL: (newsroom noise) Gentleman Joe Wilson has done much to make the racist history of South Carolina jump back into our present consciousness.

CANDY CROWLEY: (b-roll) Critics think this is about resistance to a black man as president.

JAMES CARVILLE: People are upset with President Obama because of the color of his skin. Who cannot believe that?

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Could there be a refusal to accept the legitimacy of Barack Obama as president because of his race?

WOLF BLITZER: A small but disturbing minority within the tea party movement is also blatantly anti-black.

JOHN RIDLEY: When you talk about racial image, this is not just standard debate.

ELAINE QUIJANO: (b-roll) A small but passionate minority is also voicing what some see as racist rhetoric.

JOHN AVLON: Hitler. Communism. Racism. All this ugliness is bubbling up.

ANDERSON COOPER: There is an undercurrent of racism in some of the criticism of the president.

JUAN WILLIAMS: An attack on somebody because you really don't like the fact that they are president or because of their race.

ROSS DOUTHAT: Clearly Barack Obama's race plays some role in the kind of anxieties that are roiling the political right.

CLARENCE PAGE: (outdoor noise) People are not just mad at Obama. They are mad at Jesse Jackson. They are mad at Reverend Wright. They are mad at Al Sharpton. They are mad at people who have nothing to do with Obama except they all happen to be black.

RUSH: That's Clarence Page there at the end. So you could see my progressive logical thinking here is that if all of this criticism of Obama -- look at this, now. There's absolutely nothing wrong with this health care bill, there's nothing wrong with cap and trade, there's nothing wrong with card check, there's nothing wrong with owning the automobile -- nothing wrong with any of it, it's all racism, every bit of opposition is racism. Therefore it only follows that the white kid getting beat up on the bus deserved to get beat up 'cause he's born racist, according to Newsweek magazine. It's understandable the other black students on the bus would cheer. And now Kanye West being ripped to shreds for playing to type. I mean this is the MTV Music Awards. This is where this kind of aberrant behavior is supposed to happen. The only reason anybody can be criticizing Kanye West has to be, based on what we're learning from the State-Controlled Media, because he's racist. Surely some of these critics of Kanye West can look themselves in the mirror and ask themselves, "Will you ever stop criticizing a guy just because of his skin color?" Mike Lupica, you got a column here. Eugene Robinson, you got a column here.

Let's go to Kanye West. I actually think what got all this going was that Terry Moran of ABC News put on a Tweet that Obama had called Kanye West a jackass. And then they took that down because Obama did say it but not in a formal interview, he said it outside a formal interview setting. He called Kanye West a jackass. So I think, you know, they're looking for a new judge to replace Paula Abdul on American Idol. Obama! He's doing television everywhere else. Nobody wants Ellen DeGeneres on there to be a judge, Paula's gone so put on Obama, going to be on TV every Monday or Tuesday and Wednesday night in the important winter months when people are staying at home. So let Obama, if he's willing to call Kanye West a jackass, imagine what he could say about some of the other talent on American Idol. Yes, the criticism of Serena Williams was most definitely racist. Good point, Snerdley. My criticism of you is racist. Serena Williams, what did she do, she got screwed. The line judge was right but the line judge is a racist because the line judge isn't black. This is all stuff we have to admit, folks, we all know this. Let me go to the tape last night of Jay Leno's debut. Kanye West comes out. Leno says, "Tell us about your day. Have you had a tough day today, Kanye?"

WEST: I immediately knew in the situation that it was wrong. It wasn't a spectacle -- you know, actually someone's emotions, you know, that I stepped on, it was very -- it was just -- it was rude, period, and, you know, I'd like to be able to apologize to her in person. So many, you know, celebrities they never take the time off and I've never taken the time off to really, you know, I just music after music and tour and tour, and I just ashamed that my hurt caused, you know, someone else's hurt. My dream of what award shows are supposed to be caused -- you know -- and I don't try to justify it because I was just in the wrong, that's period, but I need to after this take some time off and just analyze how I'm going to, you know, make it through the -- the rest of this life, how I'm going to improve.

RUSH: You know, I've rarely heard such articulate, clean, brilliant logic in my life on this program. If more people in this country were able to express themselves the way Kanye West did on the Leno show last night we would be far better off. We wouldn't have any misunderstandings at all. I mean, it's rare, folks, to have this kind of clarity, clean articulation on prime-time television on the network. (interruption) Yeah, great looking guy, great looking guy, especially with the cognac snifter in his hand. I mean the guy's got elegant class, no question about that. Let's go back September 2, 2005, concert for hurricane relief all over GE. Here's a portion of Kanye West's appeal for money.

WEST: We already realize a lot of the people that could help are at war right now fighting another way and they -- they've -- they've given them permission to go down and shoot us. George Bush doesn't care about black people.

RUSH: And, see, therefore the criticism of Kanye West has to be rooted in racism. Again some brilliant formulation there. You know words are beautiful things. You find the beautifully strung together words normally in literature. But Kanye West, folks, I mean, we are in the midst of a charismatic brilliance here that is as difficult to absorb in one setting. Here, September 24th on Nightline, Terry Moran interviewed the noted rapper Kanye West. "What did it do to your life when you said that, 'George Bush doesn't care about black people'?"

WEST: I think it changed my life for the better. I think people understood me a little bit more.

MORAN: Do you think it was fair? Reflecting now, do you still believe George Bush doesn't care about black people?

WEST: I mean I have a hard time believing that George Bush cares about anyone. (laughing) So, side-bar black people also, you know. (laughing)

RUSH: There you have it, Kanye West described as a jackass by President Obama. I think Obama is probably just jealous of Kanye West's communication skills.

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RUSH: A companion story. The UK Telegraph headline: "Oprah Winfrey's Reign as Chat Show Queen May be Coming to an End." That, of course, must be racism as well. Oprah's ratings are falling. Some people are reporting it, but nervously so, and are wondering: Is this going to be a permanent drop-off? She's had these before, but she's surged back. But if Oprah's ratings are plummeting it's just another thing to throw in the must-be-racism-is-the-cause problem.

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RUSH: St. Louis. Let's grab a call quickly. Bob I'm glad you waited welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. Hey, I just was commenting on the Belleville incident with the kids on the bus. You're right. They did report that last night as being racially motivated, but I just heard the news before your show started and the police chief over -- I think he was a police chief, some law enforcement -- there said that after further investigation of it would be not racially motivated. He said he should have been more professional before he commented on it and investigated it more before he decided and stated that it was racially motivated.

RUSH: Well, did he say why, in Obama's America, that incident with the white kid getting beat up on the black school bus was not racially motivated?

CALLER: I hear him comment about that. No, sir.

RUSH: Because we've seen the videotape. Have you seen the videotape?

CALLER: Oh, yeah, sure.

RUSH: We can't hear what's being said.

CALLER: No.

RUSH: So we don't know what obvious taunts this lone white student was dishing out to the whole bus.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: We don't know what obvious taunts.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: Worse than the obvious verbal taunts, we all know the racism that was in the kid's mind. I mean Newsweek magazine says he was born a racist. So you know the white kid is sitting there thinking N-word and all kinds of things being surrounded by these black students. They knew that. They knew that and so they just descended on the kid and beat him up. We've seen the videotape. What did the police chief investigate?

CALLER: He did not comment on anything other than he said more investigations shows that it was not racially motivated.

RUSH: I think the guy is wrong I think not only was it racism, it's justifiable racism.

CALLER: True.

RUSH: I mean, that's the lesson that we're being taught here today. Kid shouldn't have been on the bus anyway.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: We need segregated buses. It was invading of space and so forth. This is Obama's America.

CALLER: Yes. Could I ask another question, not related to this issue?

RUSH: By all means, since you're here.

CALLER: Yes, sir. I used to live down in Cape. I had met your dad on a couple occasions, and wondered if you have any knowledge about how your grandfather became a Christian. The reason I'm asking that is I knew that way back in the twenties and thirties when your grandfather was in that area, they had Billy Sunday revivals in Cape Girardeau, and you know Billy Sunday was kind of the predecessor of Billy Graham today.

RUSH: Yeah?

CALLER: I wondered if you knew anything about how he became a Christian?

RUSH: Born that way.

CALLER: (laughs)

RUSH: No, no. Born and raised a Christian.

CALLER: Yeah.

RUSH: He was a Methodist through and through, was a standing member of the Centenary United Methodist Church. He was on the board for many, many years, great fundraiser and donor to the church and so forth, so I don't remember him saying anything about Billy Sunday and whatever influence that Billy Sunday might have had on him. But I know that he was born into Christianity. He was just like I was, our whole family was born into Christianity.

CALLER: Okay. Well, 'cause you know the reason I was saying this -- and I hope you don't mind me commenting on this, 'cause this is kind of personal to you. But nobody in current America -- publicly in the public eye, in the public scene -- could go through the things that you have gone through without their Christian values and family background connections. If anything, it is a commentary on what a lot of people in this country could make available to them if they would get it like you.

RUSH: It is personal.

CALLER: I know. I know.

RUSH: We don't do religion on the program because I'm not a preacher and I don't do sermons here.

CALLER: I know. I know.

RUSH: I don't like arguing people's faith with them because faith by definition is what it is. But I appreciate your saying that. I do think that one of the great problems we have in the country is that we have lost sight and even connection to the religious nature of our founding. I don't think there's any question about it. I don't think you can have 1.3 million abortions a year without any guilt whatsoever on the part of so many people, and not say we've lost one of the most important roots (r-o-o-t-s) to our founding. You know, it's safe to say that in many acts of crime that take place in this country you could say that part of the country has lost its soul. I don't think there's any question that that's happened and is the case. So I appreciate your call, Bob. Thanks much with the update on the chief of police in Belleville, Illinois, saying upon further review there was no racial element in the school bus full of black students beating up a white student and cheering about it.

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