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The Ponytail Guy: 18 Years Later


RUSH: Eighteen years ago, the exact date, October 15th, 1992, Richmond, Virginia, it was during the second presidential debate, a question from an unidentified audience member. This was a debate between George H. W. Bush, the incumbent, Bill Clinton was there, and Ross Perot, the guy who at the time we affectionately said looked like a hand grenade with a bad haircut. And here came the question that some could say caused a pivot to take place and a codification of exactly why the Democrat Party exists and how it sees itself.

PONYTAIL GUY: The focus of my work as a domestic mediator is meeting the needs of the children that I work with, by way of their parents, and not the wants of their parents. And I ask the three of you, how can we, as symbolically the children of the future president, expect the two of you, the three of you to meet our needs?

RUSH: The ponytail guy, Richmond, Virginia, 1992, "How can we, as symbolically the children of the future president, expect the two of you, the three of you to meet our needs?" And Clinton was right in there with an answer. Now, you contrast that, the president himself today, Barack Obama, went to a town hall with the kids, MTV, BET generation kids. Now, I, frankly, think, even though the questions sound hard-hitting, I think a lot of them were setups. I really do. But the point is, Obama, whether he wanted to be asked these questions or whether they were genuine, is still answering young people saying, "Why should we reelect you? Our economy is not doing well." But the reason I think they were softball setups is because of the way Obama dealt with them. Obama got to stay on message with those questions, which is why I think some of it was a little bit of a setup. You'll see what you think when we play some of the sound bites. There was a casting call for it, there's no question. Professional actors went out for that town hall, so I think the whole thing was rigged, and I think the so-called tough questions were put to Obama so that he could say what he wanted to say. There was an ad, Backstage did an ad, a veritable casting call.