RUSH: As you know, ladies and gentlemen, Obama, president of our country, said this morning during a ceremony for Hu Jintao that the last 30 years of our relationship with China have been a time of estrangement. Now, am I wrong or haven't our relations with the ChiComs improved quite a lot since 1980? I mean we practically sold 'em our country. What more could we do? My gosh, the iPhone's made over there, the iPad, what more do they want? And that's not the only stuff made over there. Come to think of it the ChiComs might say we could pay 'em back and in dollars' worth a hundred cents. And in fact, folks, our microphones were there during a private meeting between Obama and the ChiCom leader Hu Jintao.
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RUSH: And that's how it went. There's another meeting, a public meeting, a press conference, at one o'clock right in the middle of this program, Hu Jintao and President Obama. Hu Jintao has said he's going to take four questions.
RUSH: From Las Vegas: "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid branded Chinese President Hu Jintao a 'dictator' on a local TV talk show on Tuesday night..." I'm not used to this kind of clarity and honesty from Dingy Harry. He called Hu Jintao a "dictator." "This is a remark likely to make the start of Hu's first state visit to Washington, D.C., awkward for President Obama at a moment when the U.S. is trying to ease tensions with the [ChiComs]. Reid ... was responding to a question from 'Face To Face' host Jon Ralston about the December compromise that extended the Bush-era tax cuts.
"The recently reelected Nevada senator veered off on a tangent intended to compare the American and Chinese systems of government to give a roundabout defense of the importance of legislative compromise." (laughing) So in calling Hu Jintao a dictator he's trying to compare the United States and the ChiComs! Then there's this story from the Associated Press about Hu Jintao's visit: "Feeling snubbed, slighted even, when he visited five years ago, Chinese President Hu Jintao is getting a do-over -- plus the White House state dinner he sought back then but was denied.
"Wednesday's opulent, black-tie affair with President Barack Obama -- the grandest of White House soirees -- will mark the first such event in China's honor in 13 years and could help smooth tensions between the world's two largest economies. Some big questions remain," and these are the big questions in the AP story: "Who will cook?" Hu is not gonna cook! Hu is a guest! Hu is coming to dinner. Yes, Hu is coming to dinner, but Hu is not cooking. "Can the White House avoid mistakes like the ones that marred the reception when a protocol-conscious Hu arrived for an April 2006 summit?"
I had forgotten this, but this is kind of funny. Back in 2006 Hu Jintao showed up for the official greeting ceremony at the White House. Bush didn't hold a lot of state dinners. Bush doesn't like eating in a tuxedo. He preferred working lunches. Bush, I don't know that he had five state dinners. Six? I don't know how many. It wasn't many. And, by the way, I don't blame him. How many of you really enjoy putting on a tuxedo to go eat? (interruption) You do, Snerdley? You enjoy it? You enjoy putting on a tuxedo to go eat?
Yeah, I used to, but I got over it. I got over it 30 years ago. (interruption) No, I used to have to do it a lot. I don't have to do it ever and I rarely do now. I hate it. What's the point? It's like, to me, going to bed in a tuxedo. Why do it? Anyway, I know: It's a page from the glory days of the past. That's just my personally. I know. Bush didn't like it, either. So Hu shows up on the South Lawn of the White House, and do you remember some woman protesting the Falun Gong began shouting during Hu's remarks?
Oh-ho-ho! We were watching this here at the EIB Network when this happened, and you could see Hu. He had hammers and sickles in those eyes. Hu was not happy, and Bush was not happy. Bush was gonna have to explain this because Hu, no doubt, thought that Bush allowed it to happen. Embarrass Hu this way, ChiCom leader? So Bush apologized after he and Hu went to the Oval Office.
"Compounding the insult, a White House announcer called China the 'Republic of China,'" which it's not. It's the People's Republic of China. All dictatorships are the People's Republic of Whatever. That's "the formal name for Taiwan," which is a tiny island the ChiComs want to nuke if they can't get it back. So Obama has a chance here to do it over again, and he's doing an official state dinner for Hu tonight at the White House.
RUSH: By the way, just to be clear, folks, still not certain here whether Harry Reid meant his comment about the ChiComs being a dictatorship in a derogatory or complimentary way. I mean China is an authoritarian collectivist dictatorship, but we don't know that Dingy Harry would necessarily find any fault with that. He seems to be in support of that kind of thing. We certainly know Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times loves the authoritarianism of the ChiComs. He says when the ruling elite are the right people, beats democracy hands down, it's the only way you're really gonna get things done. Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times. The real question about this state dinner tonight is whether everybody's gonna be hungry a half hour after they eat, but I don't know that we'll get any news on that.
RUSH: This dinner tonight better not be too opulent. They better not go too overboard on this because Hu Jintao's paying for this. And if the regime goes overboard here with all kinds of opulence and expense, you know, Hu Jintao's gonna say, "This is not why we gave you the money. I can get this at home."
RUSH: Now, I read this outta context. I'm watching Obama and Hu Jintao. By the way, the Chinese, they go with their last names first. So Hu's name is actually Jintao Hu, to Anglicize it. Xiaoping "Dung." Tse-tung Mao is actually the way. They always put their last names first out there. It's nothing (interruption) Criticism? No! Don't misunderstand it. It's just how it is. So I'm watching these two guys and I see a graphic on the screen that encapsulates something Obama has said at some point during the proceedings here. It said "Obama," quote, "We want to sell China planes, cars, and software," and I imagine when Hu Jintao listens to this and his translator gets to that point... You know, what does Hu Jintao think when he hears the president say, "We want to sell China planes, cars, and software"?
Hu says, "Why should we buy it when we can steal it?" (laughing) "Why should we buy it when we own it and are paying for it anyway? Why don't you give it to us?" Also, be prepared. At these things, at these kinda joint soirees with the United States and the ChiComs, just be aware. You have to learn how to listen to the ChiComs. When you hear Hu Jintao talk about "mutual respect," what that means is... You know what it means, Snerdley? (interruption) No. It does not mean, "We will bury you. We will conquer you." I'm sure they already think that. "Mutual respect" means, "Shut the hell up about our human rights abuses! Don't talk to me about the Falun Gong. I don't want to hear it. I don't want to hear about Tibet. Don't even bring up the Dalai Lama.
"We liked the fact you made him go out the back door next to the trash. Don't talk to me about human rights abuses," and in private, Hu Jintao is gonna say to Obama, "Come on, now! What's more important, human rights or cheap iPhones and iPads?" The ChiComs, they're not gonna... I mean, they'll go through the motions of letting us preach to them, but in private? (chuckles) Why am I the only what? (interruption) Pfft! I don't think I'm the only one that recognizes how evil communism is. I think there are a lot of people that recognize how evil it is. There just aren't many in the Democrat Party and there aren't many in the media, but there are a lot of people that still do. Obama just praised the ChiComs' progress in Africa.
Now, what are the Chinese doing in Africa? Do you happen to know, Snerdley? (interruption)
They are colonizing the place! (laughing) They are essentially colonizing. They are becoming the most vicious colonialists in history. They're buying up -- just as you say, they're buying up -- regional resources. They're letting the locals starve, essentially. And remember Obama's father hated colonialism. He despised it. So here's Obama, the big anti-colonialist praising the ChiComs for their progress in Africa. What's really convoluted before this -- and he praises, he praises ChiCom capitalism. He praises ChiCom free markets. They're bad in this country, but they're great over there in China. I'll tell you who else knows it: Former communists recognize how evil communism is. We had a story about the Russian immigrants in Staten Island just this week. They don't want any part of any of this going on. They don't. The Democrat Party today reminds them too much of what they fled in Moscow. Staten Island Republicans. We reported that.
RUSH: I have to admit I'm amused by this. Probably very few other people are, but I am. During our obscene profit time-out, I'm watching the news conference between President Obama and the Chinese ChiCom leader Hu Jintao, and I've not seen this before. Hu Jintao is speaking, and speaking, and speaking with no translator. They wait 'til he finishes, and then they read what he says in toto -- and of course we don't know. Translator could be making it all up. Hu Jintao could be telling us... Who knows what he could be saying to us? The translators is sitting there saying, "We want to work together, two countries in the world. China is developing country; America developed country...but not for long!"
He didn't say that.
But I'm fascinated. I listen to this and (laughing) I found myself trying to write down what Hu Jintao was saying in Chinese. Phonetically so I could repeat it to you. (interruption) Well, it looks like chicken scrawls! (laughing) I said, "I wonder what... I wonder, to the people that can't speak English, what does it sounds like to them?" Because when I hear Chinese or Japanese, it sounds like all the same word, and I can't comprehend of anybody understanding it. Of course that's silly. But he's sitting there, (speaking phonetic Chinese). I couldn't write down anymore. I was losing track of it, 'cause I'm looking up as he's saying all this, and they cut to Obama looking intently as though he understands every word of it (which, what would you expect from the Ruling Class?)
By the way, where's...? I printed it out. What do I do with it? Big news. Ah. Here it is. ABC News, The Note, has this, as does TheHill.com. Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) on the House floor Tuesday night compared Republican claims about the healthcare reform law to lies perpetrated by the Nazis that led to the Holocaust." On the floor of the House, Democrat Steve Cohen of Tennessee said, "They don't like the truth so they summarily dismiss it. They say it's a government takeover of healthcare. A big lie just like Goebbels. You say it enough and you repeat the lie, repeat the lie, repeat the lie until eventually people believe it. Like blood libel, that's the same kind of thing. The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it, and you have the Holocaust. You tell a lie over and over again."
How is that "toning down the rhetoric" going?
How is this "new civility" working out?
Now, there was no audience. This was probably special orders last night. So nobody was listening. It was on C-SPAN so, effectively, nobody heard it. (interruption) I don't know. That's a good question: "Which Republican is gonna sit next to this guy during the State of the Union Show?" But how's all this "new civility" working out for you? And I'll bet you we don't have two days of hysterics about how horrible it is to use the term "blood libel." Of course not because Cohen is Jewish, so he has free rein to use it. So he just compared the Republicans to Nazis, to Joseph Goebbels. Not one comment! I mean, it's in The Hill and ABC's The Note, but there isn't any outrage over this.