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Why So Many Americans Still Don't Know Much of Anything About Barack Obama

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RUSH: You know, this Reverend Wright stuff with Barack Obama, it's back in the news again. Something is happening.  It's anecdotal, but I happen to think that this might be applicable in a statistical way to the nation at large.  We played the audio sound bite from Obama reading from one of his books a couple of weeks ago, in which he admitted bullying a young girl, in which he admitted trying cocaine, admitted that he drank a lot, basically just lollygagged around.  I know we've got new listeners to this program.  It's been documented by the official ratings companies that monitor such things. 

There are tons and tons of new listeners, but even at that, I'm overwhelmed by the number of people -- we're three-and-a-half years into his regime, and I'm getting e-mails from people that the first time they'd heard he'd done cocaine was in the past two, three weeks.  The first time they'd heard that he had bullied a young girl. They didn't know his college transcripts hadn't been released.  They just assumed all that had happened and they missed it. They didn't know any of this. 

Now, we know Obama wasn't vetted. We know the mainstream media has done everything they can to protect him.  But the Reverend Wright stuff was out there.  I'm even getting e-mail from people who had not heard all the Reverend Wright stuff. New listeners, not people who listen to this program regularly. New listeners say they're hearing this for the first time.  I'm getting e-mails from people like we got when we were in the first year or first two years of the program.  "My gosh, I found you the other day driving around. I couldn't get anything else on the radio, and I'm hooked now."  Similar comments from customers at Two If By Tea who are finding the program for the first time and learning stuff about Obama that we've all known for four years. They're just now hearing about it. 

It's driving home the fact that the Drive-Bys didn't vet this guy at all.  We know it, but I'm sitting here, I assume everybody knows that Obama did cocaine, and this is the mistake we make.  We know it, so we assume everybody else knows it because of word-of-mouth and this kind of thing.  Some of the Reverend Wright stuff surfaced again because there's some new aspects to the Reverend Wright case. For example, in Ed Klein's book, The Amateur -- and Klein's got this on tape -- a friend of Obama's offered Wright 150 grand, a bribe, to stop preaching during the 2008 campaign.  Yeah, it was just 150.  That's probably why Wright didn't take it. 

But there was another story in the Ed Klein book that Obama was talking to Wright one day, Reverend Wright, and said, "You know, Reverend, your problem is you have to tell the truth.  As a politician, I don't.  I don't have to tell the truth.  I can make the truth whatever I want it to be."  It's not on tape, but Klein claims that Obama said that to Wright.  So there's all kinds of new stuff that's surfacing about Reverend Wright, in addition to the old stuff being recycled that people are hearing for the first time.  It literally is amazing.  The Wright stuff was all over talk radio.  It was all over Fox News.  But in one way this is encouraging because it is a great indication of just how many additional people are finding their way to conservative media now. 

So I thought, okay, maybe we'll go back in time.  I want to play the Charlie Rose, Tom Brokaw bit here again.  The reason is that it is, by itself, amazingly explanatory.  By itself, it explains the Drive-By Media in all kinds of ways.  Now, I don't think it's gonna humiliate the media.  In fact, I don't think humiliating the media will change anything.  I think they're beyond being humiliated.  I think they're insulted from that.  But the Charlie Rose, Tom Brokaw clip that we've been playing off and on for three-and-a-half years now, here you have two liberal Democrat icons who didn't know, who don't care to know the first darn thing about Barack Obama, a community organizer who had a ton of secrets, and still does.  His grade transcripts, his relationship with Bill Ayers, and it's happening all over again.  We're not supposed to talk about Reverend Wright, but we can go back and the Washington Post can do a 50-year-old story about Mitt Romney at a prestigious prep school.

Romney's not gonna go there, and I predicted this.  I predicted that whoever the Republican nominee is, they would not go after Obama the way they're going after each other.  I predicted it back in January.  I'll have that audio sound bite coming up for you.  But his college transcripts, the relationship he had with Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, Rashid Khalidi, Frank Marshall Davis, his ties to ACORN, what his role was in the Million Man March, scholarships, loans, how did he become such a fantastic writer, having written nothing before Dreams From My Father.  And the stuff that he had written was no great shakes.  Where did he learn to write?  They don't care what goes on in the White House, the media, they don't care what goes in the White House when it's Obama's.  They don't care what goes on in the attorney general's office. They don't care what's going on in the Energy Department, the Labor Department, they don't care, and they don't want people to know what a rat's nest every quarter of this regime is. 

There is a decent amount of corruption in this regime, and people are just now coming to that hearing about this for the first time in their lives.  So the media essentially worked for Senator Obama and helped him run right over Hillary Clinton.  By the way, I wouldn't be surprised -- I don't know, I'm just speculating -- I wouldn't be surprised some of this stuff that we're now learning about Obama, may be the Clintons are behind it.  Bill said he wants to go back to the White House.  Bill said he thinks Hillary ought to be in there.  Bill went out there again and undercut Obama this week on taxes, said the middle class is gonna have to pay more taxes.  And Obama's out there trying to convince the middle class they're never gonna pay another dime, that it's only the rich. In fact, Obama is out there complaining about the rich in this country because there are people starving in Kenya.  His relatives are still in the huts over in Kenya.  His relatives are still starving.

originalHe's got a brother.  You may not know this, folks, if you are new to the program. Obama has a brother, Onyango Bongo Obama, or something like that, lives in a six-square-foot hut.  I am not kidding.  Maybe six by nine.  He lives in a hut!  A brother, half-brother or something like that.  Lives in a hut.  I know they think I'm joking 'cause I'm a naturally funny guy.  And you say something like this, "Yeah, really funny, Rush."  It's true, folks. In fact, there's only one house in Obama's brother's village that's got running water and electricity, it's his grandmother, or something like that.  And that was just in the last two or three years. 

But this kid, this brother, lives on a dollar a day, essentially, and it was pointed out that 20 dollars would change this guy's life, like if somebody gave you $50,000.  Obama hasn't coughed up a dime for his brother, but he uses him.  He went to some agriculture symposium yesterday to talk about how there's more farmland in Africa than anywhere in the world, but the people at the top are not sharing.  So, once again we are not doing enough to feed the world.  The lucky few at the top are the reason why Obama's brother still lives in a hut.  He hasn't even sent him a sign that says "Hut, Sweet Hut" inside.  Most people have a "Home, Sweet Home."  Not even a "Hut, Sweet Hut." 

Here's the Brokaw and Rose clip.  Now, I want to set this up for you.  This is October 31st, 2008.  This is less than a week before the election of 2008.  Who's Tom Brokaw?  Tom Brokaw, NBC Nightly News.  He's the anchor.  He was the anchor of the NBC Nightly News for, I don't know, years, decades.  He's in the Dan Rather, Peter Jennings era.  He's covered conventions left and right.  He's been everywhere.  He's sat down, broken bread with Gorbachev over at the Kremlin. He's been everywhere. He is a journalist.  What do journalists do?  They tell us what we don't know.  They're out there and they're looking at things and they see stuff and then they tell us, they report whatever they see that we don't see, they tell us.  Journalists, by definition, are supposed to be incurably curious.  That's what's supposed to drive journalists, their curiosity, their insatiable desire for information and news and their desire to be first with it when they learn it. 

Who is Charlie Rose?  Well, Charlie Rose used to work at CBS News.  Now he's back at CBS News, the morning show.  He used to do an overnight CBS show or something on network television.  He's been at PBS doing the Charlie Rose Show at 11 o'clock at night interviewing everybody that's alive for the last 20 years.  Charlie Rose knows everybody, talks to everybody, reads the New York Times every day.  So does Brokaw.  And they got together on Charlie's show, the 11 p.m. show on PBS, less than a week before the 2008 elections.  Less than a week.  Both of them staunch, unalterably supporting Obama.  Listen to this sound bite, less than a week, one of the premiere, elite journalists in our country talking to one of our premiere, elite interviewers in our country.

ROSE: I don't know what Barack Obama's worldview is.

BROKAW: No, I don't, either.

ROSE: I don't know how he really sees where China is.

BROKAW: We don't know a lot about Barack Obama and the universe of his thinking about foreign policy.

ROSE: I don't really know. And do we know anything about the people who are advising him?

BROKAW: Yeah, it's an interesting question.

ROSE: He is principally known through his autobiography and through very aspirational (sic) speeches.

BROKAW: Two of them! I don't know what books he's read.

ROSE: What do we know about the heroes of Barack Obama?

BROKAW: There's a lot about him we don't know.

RUSH:  Less than a week before the election, and these two guys are two of the biggest Obama supporters there can be.  They're journalists, they have to be, there's no other candidate they would support.  Certainly not George W. Bush.  They're in the tank for Obama, and they don't know him, and they are journalists, and they're the guys that have a constitutional duty to tell us who he is.  They are supposed to hold people who have power or who seek power, they are to hold those people accountable.  When I first heard that sound bite, I was incredulous.  That's grounds for being fired. 

If I'm the CEO at NBC and I'm listening to my number one anchor say, "I don't know who the Democrat presidential nominee is," a week before the election, why am I paying you a dime?  You're not even doing your job.  You don't know who he is?  And likewise, if I'm at PBS and I listen to my number one interview guy, 11 o'clock at night, "I don't know, I don't know what books he's read, I don't know." I have to be asking myself, why am I paying these guys?  They are at the top of the ladder in journalism, and they admit they don't know who he is.  And that's why you've never heard until this year that Obama did cocaine or bullied a girl or whatever 'cause these guys who were supposed to tell you didn't know.  Now, the question is did they really not know, or did they know who Obama is, just didn't want to tell anybody?  I tell you, there are none so blind as a journalist who does not want to see.

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RUSH: Here's the Obama sound bite.  This is from this morning in Washington at the symposium on global agriculture and food security.  Yes, we have new terms now, food security and food insecurity.  And here is Obama again implying that the United States of America is not doing enough to feed the world because of the lucky few at the top and their selfishness.

OBAMA:  I've spoken before about relatives I have in Kenya who live in villages where hunger is sometimes a reality.  Despite the fact that African farmers can be some of the hardest working people on earth, most of the world's unused arable land is in Africa.  That's why we're here.  In Africa and around the world, progress isn't coming fast enough.  And economic growth can't just be for the lucky few at the top.  It's gotta be broad-based for everybody, and a good place to start is in the agricultural sector.

RUSH:  Economic growth can't just be for the lucky few at the top.  So here goes the class envy.  Remember, Joe Biden all week, (imitating Biden) "For God sake's, man, we're not against capitalism, we love capitalism."  Here's Obama once again vilifying the lucky few at the top.  Biden's out there, "Yeah, we want you to dream to be a millionaire.  Hell, I dream to be a millionaire, still a dream, but I'm still dreaming and I want to be a millionaire, you can be a millionaire."  Not in this country.  You can dream about it, but you become a millionaire, you become a target.  You become a member of the lucky few not doing enough for everybody else.  And Obama admits he's got hungry relatives in Africa.  Send 'em a sandwich.  Send 'em a care package, for crying out loud, instead of making a speech at an agriculture symposium.  It's your family, man. 

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