All right, a couple other things here on this whole New Orleans business and the oil spill before we move on here and get to some of your phone calls because I've got two stories here. One of the things we do here on this program: We have long memories. We know how the left and their media operate. There were eight years of ripping Bush to shreds. They're out there accusing tea party people of being the new domestic terrorists and all this sort of stuff, and it's infuriating. And any time I can find evidence that the people doing the accusing are actually the problem I like to remind you of it, and this is an example. Hampton, Virginia, June 5th, 2007. From the Associated Press. "Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Tuesday that the Bush administration has done nothing to defuse a "quiet riot" among blacks that threatens to erupt just as riots in Los Angeles did 15 years ago."
He's talking about Hurricane Katrina and how Bush and his "lack of response" has fueled resentment among blacks. So Obama was playing the race card against Bush and Republicans even three years ago. "The first-term Illinois senator said that with black people from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast still displaced 20 months after Hurricane Katrina, frustration and resentments are building explosively as they did before the 1992 riots. 'This administration was colorblind in its incompetence,' Obama said at a conference of black clergy. 'But the poverty and the hopelessness was there long before the hurricane," and nobody cared. "'All the hurricane did was to pull the curtain back for all the world to see,' he said." He doesn't mention, of course, that the whole place has been run by liberal Democrats for who knows how many years.
New Orleans, I'll tell you what Hurricane Katrina did. Hurricane Katrina illustrated exactly what happens when you have a community totally run by leftists with no checks and balances on it. That's what you get and that's what Hurricane Katrina displayed. "Obama's criticism of Bush prompted ovation after ovation from the nearly 8,000 people gathered in Hampton University's Convocation Center, particularly when he denounced the Iraq war and noted that he had opposed it from the outset." So if you want to talk about anti-government and violence inciting rhetoric, all you have to do is go back to our own president when he was a Senator from Illinois running for the presidency. He stands tall above all the rest. This little story here by AP from Hampton, Virginia, June 5th, 2007, is a stunning reminder just how violently anti-government an elected official can be. Barack Obama.
"He introduced his own pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Chicago's Trinity United as 'Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian.' He credited Wright with introducing him to Christ, and peppered his speech with scriptural references, at one point invoking the opening lines of the Lord's Prayer. Obama noted that during the riots, a bullet pierced the abdomen of a pregnant woman and lodged in the elbow of her fetus. The baby was delivered by Caesarian section, the bullet was removed and the child, Jessica Glennis Evers-Jones, has only a small scar on her arm to show for it. Using the incident as a metaphor, Obama said society's problems are worsening because 'in too many places across the country, we have not even bothered to take the bullet out.'"
This is Obama talking about race relations in America 2007, saying that Bush was exacerbating the problem because he doesn't care about black people in New Orleans. And there's this before we go to the break, January 20th, 2009, from The Politico: "The new White House website unveiled by President Barack Obama's team Tuesday includes a shot at former President Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina. Under the 'agenda' portion of the site regarding Katrina, it reads: 'President Obama will keep the broken promises made by President Bush to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. He and Vice President Biden will take steps to ensure that the federal government will never again allow such catastrophic failures in emergency planning and response to occur.'"
January 20th. That's the day of the immaculation. On the website he's ripping into Bush for not doing anything about Katrina, New Orleans, and promising never again will this happen. And yet, they didn't respond this administration for 12 days after the BP rig blew up. "The website points out how swiftly Obama responded to Hurricane Katrina. It points out that Obama visited thousands of hurricane survivors in the Houston convention center and later took three more trips to the region and wondering with the Congressional Black Caucus to help rebuild in the aftermath of Katrina," and now zilch, zero, nada. So here, folks, here you have our own president standing tall as the leader of all voices of anti-government rhetoric: Barack Obama.
RUSH: And that blurb, by the way, on Obama's website attacking Bush for Hurricane Katrina is still up, and they put it up on January 20th. And I'm watching the White House press briefing, and Gibbs just repeated Salazar's line about keeping the boot on the throat of British Petroleum here. It's their fault, it's their problem. The White House press secretary just urged fishermen in the Gulf to sue BP. They are responsible for the claims, "If people can't fish, then their business is being deprived, their livelihood, why, they've gotta be the ones to file the claims." So BP's fault, they're going to keep the boot on BP's throat, they really like that image. They really, really like that image of a jackbooted thug on the throat. Wait 'til you see the editorial cartoons on that, all in support. It's clear, if you go back and read the stories in detail that I just quoted from, Obama was whipping up black outrage and divisiveness during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. And yet he and Clinton are running out warning people about people like me and the tea party people.
Here's Gene Taylor, by the way, this is Saturday, Biloxi, Mississippi, on WLOX-TV Eyeball News. Gene Taylor is a Democrat from Mississippi. The anchor David Elliott says, "You flew at about a thousand feet over the slick. What happened out there?"
TAYLOR: What I want people to know is that this isn't Katrina. This is not Armageddon. Yeah, it's bad, and it's terrible that there's a spill out there. And remember that it has been flowing for a number of days now. And we were up there with Dr. Bill Walker from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and one of the things that he pointed out correctly is that the farther you get from the spill that chocolate milk looking spill starts breaking up into smaller pieces.
RUSH: The chocolate milk looking oil spill starts breaking up into smaller pieces. There are two things about this. You can think what you want about referring to the oil spill as chocolate milk looking. But he is saying something that happens. The oil spill will break up. I'm not trying to minimize it here. But ecology does take care of itself, the planet does. Why all the panic? Oh, a crisis. Well, it's gonna break up. It's not going to be a giant glob when it hits, but it's going to pose problems. I'm not gonna say it's not going to pose problems, but he's saying that as it breaks up it will break down. You know, seawater is pretty tough stuff. Try living in it for a while. Oil has a tough time surviving. This many gallons of oil seep from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico every day, just spread out over the whole floor of the Gulf and it never surfaces 'cause it gets eaten alive, but it seeps from the ocean floor at this amount. Not as concentrated obviously as coming from this well.