RUSH: What a terrific speech by Romney last night. The speech that essentially inaugurates the campaign. It was his best. There's no question about it. And you know why it was his best? Because it was conservatism from front to back. Now, I know, there are many people who are still asking, "Yeah, but did he mean it?" We'll find out, but for the moment, for what it was, it was awesome.
At the same time that was happening, Obama was "slow-jamming" the news with Jimmy Fallon on his program on NBC. Snerdley, how many people do you think in this audience know what "slow-jamming" anything is? Dawn, you don't know what slow-jamming the news is? Brian, do you know what it is? We're gonna play you sound bites. I asked Cookie to give me side-by-side, interspersed parts of the Romney speech with Obama slow-jamming the news as a means of illustrating just who is "presidential." I know Obama's gotta get the youth vote. He's in trouble on the youth vote, and that's why all this talk about the student loan program and a number of other things.
But a couple of interesting stories, too, about the Hispanic vote today. Coupled with, have you heard the news? Illegal immigrants are leaving the country almost as fast as they are arriving. I don't have the story right in front of me, it's in the Stack. I will get to it. It's something like this: 1.5 million illegals are arriving every year, and 1.4 million are leaving. So it's a net of 100,000. It could be the other way around. But this is horrible news for the Democrats because those are potential voters that are leaving. No, no, no, I'm not trying to be funny. I'm naturally funny. I'm two or three of the most naturally funny people you probably know, but I'm not trying to be funny here. The Democrats, why do you think they care about the Hispanics? It's the illegal alien vote. They want to find a way to get them. ACORN members are fanning out all over this country getting ready for their usual vote fraud stuff.
Let's stick with the slow-jamming. For those of you who are not hip like I am... I even got a note from Arsenio Hall once. Remember, Snerdley? He said that I was hip back when we were on 7th Avenue, Madison Square Garden, the old EIB Building. Yeah, back when Arsenio was hip. If you're not hip, or if you have jobs where you have to get up in the morning and you don't have the time to stay up late to watch meaningless drivel called late-night comedy TV, then you may not know what slow-jamming the news is. Slow-jamming the news is, in this case, is where Jimmy Fallon's band, the studio orchestra -- well, I wouldn't call this bunch an orchestra. The combo, if you will, they play a slow R&B number in the background, like a Barry White song. Ahhh, music maestro Barry White. Oh, man. His wife's name was Glodean. Barry White. Ahhh, some of the greatest music ever. Can't get enough of your love, babe. What am I gonna do with you?
At any rate, you have the band and they're doing this slow R&B number in the background while Fallon and his guests talk about serious subjects, like taxes, as best they can. Now, apparently it is supposed to be wildly funny if you have a low threshold for humor. It's supposed to be uproariously funny if everything makes you laugh. So we've got examples of it. It's also funny if you smoke certain controlled substances, too. That could also make it funny as well.
But, you know, folks, you really can't blame The One here. You can't blame Obama. He's gotta do something to win the youth vote back. Even the AP, even Harvard, even Gallup have noticed that he's losing the under-30 crowd to the Republicans. All three of these organizations -- AP, Harvard and Gallup -- look, people under 30, they live in the Obama economy, too. And they're coming outta college. I had the story yesterday, one out of two of them, unemployed or underemployed, college graduates. They're the ones that were filled with idealism back in 2008. They're the ones that thought the road was paved with gold simply because Obama was going to be elected and then was elected.
Slow-jamming the news is supposed to show that Obama's hip and not a square and a nerd like Romney is. He's supposed to be hip. (interruption) No, no, they do notice. They notice they're still broke. Obama cannot do anything about that. All he can do is forgive their student loan, which, don't discount that. He's president of the United States, and we have shared with you stories already about their plans to perhaps forgive mortgage debt in certain ways. So this is what running against an incumbent is. These are some of the things, illustrations of the power that incumbents have. If he wants to forgive the student loan debt, especially since he ruins the student loan program now, he can, and he can do it in October if he wants to.
Now, that kind of thing can always backfire as well. So he's out there slow-jamming here, and he's just trying to show that he's hip. But people under 30 live in the Obama economy, too, and Obama can't lower the voting age. Can't do that. He can't do away with the draft. He can't give them amnesty. None of that's relevant or going on now. So he has to resort to going on shows like Jimmy Fallon and promising to pay for everybody's college tuition.
In fact, there's a story here, this is USA Today. The headline: "Jimmy Fallon, President Obama 'Slow Jam' the News -- Jimmy Fallon gave a microphone to President Obama on Tuesday night's Late Night show, taped on the campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, to help him deliver the news, particularly viewpoints on student loan interest rates. 'I'm President Barack Obama and I, too, want to slow-jam the news,' he said at the start. 'Oh, yeah,' said the president at the end. Urged Fallon: 'Awww yeah, you should listen to The President, or as I like to call him, The Preezy of the United Steezy.' Fallon also used the president to punch up his monologue."
I didn't watch it. I pay people to do that. (interruption) Why are you shaking your head? Look, I'm old enough to remember the criticism that Richard Nixon got for going on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Remember, Nixon went on Laugh-In and was in one of those boxes, "Sock it to me." Goldie Hawn was on that show. Remember that show? And everybody thought that it was a descent into no dignity whatsoever. So beneath the presidency, so beneath the office of the presidency. You have to go all the way back to Nixon to find a president who did so much to lower -- wait, what am I saying? They had two terms of Clinton after Nixon. What am I talking about here?
Going on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and saying "Sock it to me " is nothing compared to the demeaning of the office that Clinton did. He's a big star now. A rich, big star, he'll tell you. (interruption) Well, I wouldn't go that far. Snerdley's out there, "Clinton doesn't seem so bad compared to Obama." In what way are you talking about here? Snerdley is shouting at me, "Most people would take Clinton back any day over this guy." Okay, I'll tell you what you do. You go up to any Democrat and say, "You know what? You guys loved Clinton."
They'll go, "Yeah, yeah," and their tongues will hit the pavement and go (panting). "Yeah, yep."
"Well, then let's go back to the Clinton era of spending and taxes."
"Oh, no, no, can't do that."
"Why not? You think everything was hunky-dory. It was one of the best periods in American history, according to you people. The Clinton era. So let's go back to what spending levels were then. We can cut spending now to what they were during Clinton and we'll even factor in inflation."
"No, no, no, no! Can't do that."
"I thought it was great. It's better than what's going on now, right?"
"Well, yeah, but we can't do that."
"Why not? 'Cause we can't! We can't cut government."
You know, under Clinton, government spending was 18% of GDP, which is a national average from beginning to end. It's at 21% now with Obama, on the way to 23% and 25%. (interruption) Yeah, Clinton cut capital gains taxes, and Clinton probably said, "Sock it to me!" to Monica. He just didn't do it on Laugh-In. But I'm sure he did it to Monica in that little study off of the Oval Orifice. But anyway, "slow-jamming the news," "preezy of the United Steezy." Let's do our audio explanation here. Let's do the side-by-side illustration from last night. What we have here is a montage of Governor Romney from his speech in Manchester, New Hampshire, and we have mixed it with Obama "slow-jamming" the news on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. We also put some of Obama from his speech last night from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in this.
ROMNEY: For every single mom who feels heartbroken when she has to explain to her kids that she needs to take a second job.
OBAMA: I'm President Obama, and I, too, want to slow-jam d'news.
ROMNEY: For grandparents who can't afford the gas to visit their grandchildren anymore. For mom and dad who never thought they'd be on food stamps.
FALLON: You should listen to the president -- or, as I like to call him, "the preezy of the United Steezy."
ROMNEY: For the small business owner desperately cutting back.
FALLON: That's why they call him the POTUS.
OBAMA: "POTUS" stands for "President of the United States."
ROMNEY: To all of you, I have a simple message: "Hold on a little longer."
FALLON: That is how we slow-jam the news.
OBAMA: Oh, yeah!
ROMNEY: The last few years have been the best that Barack Obama can do, but it's not the best America can do!
OBAMA: Can I get an "amen"?
ROMNEY: Tonight is the beginning of the end of the disappointments of the Obama years.
OBAMA: Can I get an "amen" for that?
RUSH: And we will be right back.