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El Rushbo Goes to News Church, FNS Interview Shakes Up Beltway

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RUSH: Now, about this Fox News Sunday appearance yesterday, I do call Sunday shows news church, and I'll tell you why. I said on Fox News Sunday nothing I have not said on this radio program. I said what I said on Fox News Sunday on other television programs, but I mean just by judging my e-mail and, hell, Axelrod was asked about me on Schieffer's news church show. And they were talking about this interview over on the ABC Sunday show. And the e-mail that I'm getting from all of you is over the top. And, Snerdley, you know, I go on television and Snerdley never comes in here to comment on it, I don't even know if he even sees it. He walks in here this morning (panting), "I gotta tell you, whoa, man, that was a home run, you know what I really -- you weren't wearing socks." I said, "You know, a lot of people are telling me I wasn't wearing socks." We don't wear socks here in South Florida, folks. We just don't. In fact, I have to remember to take socks with me when I travel to a northern climate in the wintertime. I haven't bought a pair of socks -- except, you know, little white golf socks -- in years 'cause I never wear them. But he came in, "Oh, this was just, man, you were so calm.

I've never heard him go on and on and on like this before, and Snerdley, we've been doing this for 21 years. I think the reason is it's news church, it's on a Sunday show, and the stuff that I said, which you've all heard me say before, is not said on those shows. Those shows are stately, predictable, Washington conventional wisdom, predictable left and right stuff. But I had a great time. We shot it, we taped at four o'clock in the afternoon. By the way, it's just funny. USA Today, AP, has the snarkiest stories. Did you see the AP story? You see that, Snerdley? Oh, speaking of which, did you see that several people on the morning shows today are applauding Hillary Clinton for her tough talk in Pakistan to the Pakistani people? (paraphrasing) "You guys don't have enough taxes here. We tax everything that moves and doesn't move in America. You don't do that." Now, isn't that what the left hated about George W. Bush, the iron-fisted cowboy, George Bush, loose lipped and so forth. Now they're praising Hillary for going over there: "We tax everything. We tax everything that moves and everything that doesn't move." Boy, she got that right, and they're going to tax even more.

This is the AP story: "From his home --" which it wasn't, and it was plain as day. I mean, they have a shot of The Breakers Hotel, which is where the interview was conducted. I didn't buy the Breakers yet. "From his home and on a friendly network, Rush Limbaugh lobbed potshots across the airwaves Sunday at President Obama --" I think what I lobbed was informed criticism, not potshots. "-- 'immature, inexperienced, in over his head,' offering the country 'radical leadership' and laying siege to the economy. 'We'll let Mr. Limbaugh foment,' responded the White House's chief political strategist, dismissing the conservative commentator with the reported $400 million contract." Then they have in print, "'I'm probably worth more,' Limbaugh said." I tell you, folks, I love goosing these people, and it's so easy to do. That whole thing was a giant media tweak. Just goose them. "No more than an entertainer and not really the right guy to give 'lectures on humility.'" That's what Axelrod said, "no more than an entertainer."

Let's see. At least once a week some idiot like Sting or Sean Penn or Rosie O'Donnell or George Clooney pipes up about how wondrous and noble and good Obama is. It gets big play in USA Today and websites, probably MSNBC and CNN, and those people we find out are guests at the White House. And who are they? They're entertainers! Nothing more than entertainers, and they're stupid entertainers. Did you hear what Sting said? He's sent by God. Jokingly, but these people are off their rockers. They're loco weeds. They are just entertainers, but when they praise Obama, why, they are distinguished citizens of the world. And USA Today: "'Rush Limbaugh: NFL Never Allowed Serious Consideration of his Candidacy to Become an Owner' -- Rush Limbaugh continued to fault the NFL on Sunday --" What I said was, specifically, the owners didn't even get a chance to reject me, it never got there. I couldn't have been more clear about it and USA Today still gets it wrong. And what they're really, really having a problem with out there is I called Obama a man-child, the man-child. Oh, they are just freaking out over that.

Do you know what a man-child is? Go look it up in the Urban Dictionary. I looked it up in the Urban Dictionary, and here's what it says: "A man-child say fully grown male that acts like a baby. A man-child usually whines, complains, and thinks everything is unfair. Man-children in the workplace can be recognized as one who is always complaining about the rules and/or shows too much emotion." And Obama is constantly whining and complaining about Bush and what he inherited. He whines and complains about everything. He's a man-child. I'm shouting it, "He's a man-child!" And of course the predictable Geraldo Rivera, "That's racist, it was racist." So, at any rate, folks, that's that. We've got sound bite reaction to the Fox News appearance and I thank all of you for your e-mail over the weekend about it. As you know, I'm just terribly, terribly uncomfortable talking about myself. (interruption) No, Axelrod did not respond to any criticism I had of their policies. Ah, he's an entertainer. We'll let Rush foment. Well, wait a minute, David, it was only back in February that you and Carville named me the head of the Republican Party. Now I'm just a mere entertainer? Which is it? Or am I perhaps both, an entertainer who leads the Republican Party?

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RUSH: Snerdley just told me during the on-top-of-the-hour break that we had what he thought might have been one of the all-time best calls and the guy didn't hang on. Now, the guy just got out of prison. He's been in prison for seven years. What was he in prison for? Give me... Selling crystal meth, arson, grand larceny, it went on and on and on. The rap sheet was long. Seven years in the slammer, just got out. Said he was watching Fox News Sunday yesterday, and when Chris Wallace asked me if anybody was worth $400 million, this guy said he had an awakening when he heard my answer. He had an awakening. For the first time he understood capitalism, and for the first time he understood that it was him who determined what his worth was, not somebody else -- and it's true for everybody.

You determine what you're worth. And you're worth what somebody will pay you. Whatever it is. Once the market -- employer, a partner, whatever -- pays you, that's what you're worth. You'll take what you're worth; you'll fight for what you think you're worth. Many people are worth far more than they know. And that was this guy's awakening. So given that be with let's listen to some sound bites from my appearance on Fox News Sunday yesterday. The whole thing is posted at RushLimbaugh.com, and there are even parts of the interview that didn't air. I think it went 25 minutes but they overshot some video, just in case they wanted to go longer and they put what didn't air up on their website, which we have also linked to at RushLimbaugh.com. So here. The first question right out of the box: "This week it will be one year since Obama was elected. In that time, what's he done for and to the country?"

RUSH ON FNS: I think it's all "to." I don't think there's any "for." Chris, I'm really, really worried. We've never seen this kind of radical leadership at such a high level of power in the country. I believe that the economy is under siege. It's being destroyed. Anybody with any economic literacy would not do one thing this administration has done to try to revitalize the private sector. They're destroying it. And I have to think that it may be on purpose. Because this is just outrageous what is happening, the denial of liberty, and attack on freedom, I mean just a couple days ago they talked about the 650,000 jobs that they've "created or saved"? There's no such thing as a "saved" job. Besides that they've destroyed jobs, they've lost 3.3 million jobs in this country since Obama's stimulus plan, and it's going to get worse.

RUSH: Yeah, and so last week he'd "saved or created" a million jobs, 650,000 jobs. Today convenes a meeting with his Economic Recovery Advisory Board to talk about what they can do to start getting job growth. So last week we "saved or created" a hundred thousand or 650,000, a million jobs. Now, that was last week. It's done with, fini. We got a new week, we have a new template: Obama working hard for you to create more jobs. He hasn't saved or created anything. This next sound bite is one of the two or three things from the interview that's really ticked off the media and a lot of people in the Obama administration. "You now have taken to calling Mr. Obama 'the man-child president.'"

RUSH ARCHIVE: Right.

WALLACE: What does that mean?

RUSH ON FNS: He's immature. He's a child. I think... He's got a five-minute career. He was in the Senate for 150 days. He was a community organizer in Chicago for however number of years. He really has no experience running anything. He's very young. I think he's got an out-of-this-world ego. I mean, he's very narcissistic, and he's able to focus all attention on him all the time. That description is simply a way to cut through the noise and say he's immature, inexperienced, in over his head.

RUSH: This next answer Chris Wallace seemed a little surprised by. "Let's talk about a couple of big issues the president's dealing with now, first of all Afghanistan. You suggest that he's taking all of this time to decide what to do in Afghanistan to keep his left-wing base on board for health care reform."

RUSH ON FNS: Well, it's partly that but I also think he doesn't care much about it.

WALLACE: Well, come on.

RUSH ON FNS: No, I don't. See, this is... I know this is going to sound controversial, but I don't think he cares. Chris, if he cared about it, we've got soldiers and their families worrying about what we're going to do. The general on the ground said, "We need some more troops." The policy that he implemented in March he now doesn't like and is trying to figure out how best to make everybody happy here politically on his side of the aisle and also for his image. You know, Democrats have a tendency to be seen as week on defense. He's battling with that. But again if he cared about victory -- remember, he said about Afghanistan, victory is not something he's comfortable with, the concept. It reminds him of the Japanese surrendering on the USS Missouri. It made him very uncomfortable. He wants to manage this rather than achieve victory. When he says these things, I don't know if people actually listen and have them register when he does.

RUSH: I hear them. And I don't believe what I hear. It's just remarkable. The fact that he says, I'm not comfortable with the concept of victory? People... I think I'm the only one that remembered that. Now here's the next question. "You say you don't know that he really cares. Do you at least give him credit for going to Dover to honor the remains of soldiers, dead soldiers who came back from Afghanistan?"

RUSH ON FNS: The politically correct thing to say here would be, "Oh, yes. I am very impressed that President Obama decided to go show his concern for the remains of troops have given their lives for freedom in this country." It was a photo-op. It was a photo-op precisely because he's having big-time trouble on this whole Afghanistan dithering situation. He found one family that would allow photos to be taken. None of the others did. Throughout the Iraq war, it was Barack Obama and the Democrat Party which actively sought the defeat of the US military. They convened hearings and accused General Petraeus of lying. They said the surge would not work. Harry Reid stands up, waves the white flag, "This war is lost." Jack Murtha is out saying our Marines at Haditha are guilty of rape. John Kerry is accusing our Marines of becoming terrorism act by going into the homes of Iraqis at midnight in the dark, terrorizing looking for Al-Qaeda or whoever was there. Yeah. I mean, I hate to be honest with you here, but I do question their commitment to national security. I question their commitment to the US Military. They'll put their political survival and their political power being gained over anything else. They'll use anybody and throw anybody away in order to achieve it.

RUSH: And one more. Chris Wallace: "You've made no secret of the fact that you oppose the public option, government-run health insurance to compete with private insurers. With tens of millions of Americans still uninsured, do you think the government has any moral obligation to find some way to cover them?"

RUSH ON FNS: There is a way to insure the uninsured without doing any of what we're doing. If that were the objective, then I'd be full for it. This is not about insuring the uninsured. This is not about health care. This is about stealing one-sixth of the US private sector and putting it under the control of federal government. And when they get this health care bill, if they do, that's the easiest, fastest way for them to be able to regulate every aspect of human behavior, because it will all have some related cost to health care -- what you drive, what you eat, where you live, what you do -- and there will be penalties for violating regulations. It's going to be the biggest snatch of freedom and liberty that has yet occurred in this country.

RUSH: A brief time-out.

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