RUSH: I put together a little montage here to try to illustrate where we are. From "yes, we can" to "franks and beans" is the title of this montage from 2008 on the campaign trail, all the way to yesterday's franks and beans town hall.
TED BRASSFIELD: (Yesterday) I was really inspired by you and by your campaign and the message that you brought. And that inspiration is dying away. I really want to know, is the American dream dead for me?
OBAMA: (June 3, 2008, St. Paul, MN) This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal! (cheers)
VELMA HART: (Yesterday) I'm one of your middle class Americans. And quite frankly, I'm exhausted. Exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for. I've been told that I voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. I'm one of those people. And I'm waiting, sir. I'm waiting. I don't feel it yet.
OBAMA: (Feb. 5, 2008, Chicago, IL) Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
WALT ROWAN: (Yesterday) You're losing the war of sound bites. You're losing the media cycles.
OBAMA LEADING FOLLOWERS: (Feb. 5, 2008, Chicago, IL) Yes, we can! Yes, we can!
RUSH: From "yes, we can" to "franks and beans." In just a little over a year and a half. Let's go back to June of 2009, Burlington, New Jersey, at the B. Bernice Young Elementary School. Remember the salad days.
SCHOOLKIDS 2009: He said that all must lend a hand to make this country strong again. Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama. He said we must be fair today, equal work means equal pay. Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama. He said we all must take a stand, to make sure everyone gets a chance. Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama. He said red, yellow, black or white, all are equal in his sight. Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama. Yes! Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama.
RUSH: Barack Hussein Obama, mmm, mmm, mmm. "Yes, we can" to "beans and franks" in just 19 or 20 months. Last night on ABC's World News Tonight, the anchor Diane Sawyer speaking with "Jacob" Tapper. The question: "Obama faced one question after another from middle class workers, even his supporters asking, 'Is the American dream dead?'"
TAPPER: It was striking just how many of these supporters seemed personally disappointed by the president, disappointment more generally reflected in the polls by an overall lack of enthusiasm for the president. Among the very people who put him here. The president this afternoon was confronted by the angst of his supporters. Participants at a CNBC town hall said they were frustrated by what the man in whom they had invested so much had not been able to accomplish.
RUSH: Jake, it's not striking to us. It's not striking to anybody with their eyes on the country.
RUSH: A lot of people still write me e-mails, "Rush, could you please explain Obama to me?" I think I've covered the gamut here. But here's another way of looking at Obama. Imagine. Imagine yourself as an angry, selfish, arrogant, know-it-all teenager who's protected and coddled at every turn. You fall for every bit of leftist claptrap you hear at school and at home. You fail at everything you try in real life, and then you lie about the failures -- and then after all that, you blame it on everybody but yourself, you are getting close to the mind-set of "Barack Hussein Obama! Mmm! Mmm! Mmm!" That's just one possibility. Quickly to the phones, New York City, Michael, it's great to have you as we start with you on the phones today. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Mega dittos.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: You know, I would love to see one of these reporters ask these Obama supporters, these so-called moderates and independents that were at this town hall meeting: What did they expect? They're disappointed now, they're exhausted after 20 months? I mean, they don't have much stamina to begin with anyway, but what kind of unemployment rate would they expect, what kind of tax rate would they expect, what kind of interest rates did they expect? I honestly don't think most of these people could balance their own checkbooks let alone think (garbled) these matters.
RUSH: You talking about the media or the Obama supporters at the town hall?
CALLER: Well, the Obama supporters. The media, we know what they expect. They expect bigger government. They expect an all-controlling government. I'm --
RUSH: Also the government expects us to react and deal with Obama the way they do, and that is worship him. Don't judge him. He's incapable of doing anything wrong politically. He might slip, but that's when we have to support him even more. They worship him, and they expect us to. Your question is a good one: What did his supporters expect? See, that is a brilliant question. But if you go back to the campaign. Let's play number three, again. I want you to listen to the second woman, Velma Hart, because she is the quintessential Obama voter. The woman says, "I'm one of your middle class Americans. I'm exhausted. I'm exhausted defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change I voted for. I've been told I voted for a man who said he was gonna change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. I'm one of those people, and I'm waiting." She drank the Kool-Aid. Obama's supporters are Kool-Aid drinkers. They really bought all of this postpartisan, all of this postracial. He was gonna lower the sea levels. They bought it.
CALLER: But, again, nobody's asking this woman: If she supported him, she supported him on what grounds? It's very vague to say, I believed in your change, but change what? The change that's left in her pocket?
RUSH: No, no. I understand your point. I'm trying to deal with it seriously. She believed. He didn't say anything, and she believed it!
RUSH: He had no plan. It was nothing but platitudes, and she bought it.
CALLER: Well, Rush --
RUSH: And now she's been victimized by nothingness.
CALLER: Rush, I think you said it best during the election when you had described that people were projecting their own hopes --